LOS ANGELES — Jumping into the new arms race in college sports — schools battling for massive sponsorships — UCLA has landed what is believed to be the biggest shoe and apparel deal in NCAA history.
The 15-year, $280 million contract with Under Armour was finalized Tuesday morning.
The marketplace has exploded in recent months as Michigan, Texas and Ohio State have signed lucrative agreements with Nike. UCLA entered the picture with its Adidas contract set to expire next year.
"We knew that we were well-positioned to cut a deal," said UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero. "Under Armour came at us hard."
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BASKETBALL: FSU will host Minnesota, Duke will host Michigan State and Indiana will host North Carolina in highlights of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge scheduled for Nov. 28-30. Other highlights include Rutgers at Miami, Syracuse at Wisconsin, Iowa at Notre Dame and Ohio State at Virginia. … Florida will visit Oklahoma and its old coach Lon Kruger, Kentucky will host Kansas and West Virginia will host Texas A&M in highlights of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 28. Kruger coached UF from 1990-96. … UConn center Amida Brimah and guard Rodney Purvis withdrew their names from the NBA draft and will return to UConn for their senior seasons. Also, Purdue junior forward Vincent Edwards withdrew his name from the draft and will return to the Boilermakers, and Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, will return after getting a medical redshirt. Karnowski was a first-team All-West Coast Conference selection as a junior. … Illinois dismissed junior guard Kendrick Nunn after his guilty plea to misdemeanor domestic battery. … Former NBA player Kerry Kittles joined Princeton's staff. … Vanderbilt hired Stephanie White, coach of the WNBA's Indiana Fever, as women's coach. Carolyn Peck will be interim coach while White finishes out the WNBA season, then will be associate coach.
TENNIS: The Stanford women won their 18th NCAA title in Tulsa, Okla. with a 4-3 victory over Oklahoma State.