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  • Believe it or not, Perry Ellis is now endorsing Perry Ellis

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger21 hrs ago

    Seldom has there been a more perfect marriage between a company and the athlete endorsing it.

    Perry Ellis, the former Kansas basketball star, shared on social media on Wednesday that he has landed a sponsorship deal with Perry Ellis, the clothing brand.

    Can’t wait to get to work! Excited to start the next chapter wearing @perryellis #veryperry #DallasMavericks #sponsorship

    A photo posted by Perry Ellis (@pelliz34) on Jun 29, 2016 at 8:36am PDT

    The sportswear brand released a statement to Yahoo Sports on Thursday morning confirming the clever partnership between namesakes. Lisa Kauffman, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Marketing Officer for Perry Ellis, said the company is “very excited about the association” because the “playful partnership stays true to the fun, lighthearted nature of the brand.”

    Asked to provide further details about how the sponsorship deal was conceived and what the campaign will include in the future, Perry Ellis clothing brand publicist David Shulman said he had no further information at this time.

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  • Key recruit could vault Texas into contention in Big 12 next year

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger27 days ago

    Texas' patience has at last been rewarded.

    The Longhorns landed the most coveted remaining prospect in the 2016 recruiting class Friday when Jarrett Allen signed his scholarship papers.The 6-foot-9 forward from the Austin area is Rivals' No. 15 prospect in the class of 2016 and had received interest from Houston, Kansas, Notre Dame Kentucky and many others during different stages of his recruitment. 

    It wasn't a surprise that Allen eventually chose his hometown school, but how long it took for a commitment surely led to some anxiety among Texas fans. Only two other prospects in the Rivals 150 have yet to select a college destination.

    The addition of Allen gives Texas a far better chance of contending in the Big 12 next season despite the loss of four starters from last year's NCAA tournament team. Leading scorer Isaiah Taylor entered the NBA draft despite it being unlikely he'll be selected, while guard Javan Felix, forward Connor Lammert and centers Prince Ibeh and Cameron Ridley all graduated.

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