Miami is officially no longer a Nike school.
The Hurricanes announced a 12-year agreement with Adidas on Wednesday. The partnership, as it was termed, begins September 1, meaning that Miami's 2015 football uniforms will be made by Adidas.
Nike and Miami signed an all-sports deal in 1987 and the Hurricanes became the first school to do what's commonplace throughout the FBS level today.
“The University of Miami is thrilled to partner with adidas, a world-class organization whose creativity, technology and quality have made it among the world's leaders in athletic apparel,” Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “The multi-year agreement will enable us to enhance our student-athlete experience by providing top-quality apparel and equipment to our students and coaches in addition to adding significant resources to support our Department. Our new partnership will help expand the UM brand locally, nationally and globally and will help Miami to continue to be one of the nation's premier athletic programs."
The end of the Nike deal doesn't come as a surprise. In December, the possibility became realistic after the school was soliciting bids for a new deal. Under Armour and Adidas both bid for the contract.
While Miami's early-2000s uniforms have become iconic given the success of that era of Miami football (first picture below), we're probably not going to remember some of the final Nike Miami uniforms very fondly. Though we're not going to lie, the Adidas image at the top of Miami's statement page is pretty hideous too.
Miami is also the second school that Adidas has gained from Nike this offseason. Arizona State is also moving from Nike.
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