Washington coach Chris Petersen is pumped up about Washington’s new apparel deal with Adidas and he knows his players and recruits are too.
The Huskies agreed to a 10-year, $119M with Adidas on Monday, end a 20-year partnership with Nike. Washington’s board of regents are expected to approve the deal this week. Washington will join Arizona State as the second school in the Pac-12 to be sponsored by Adidas. The deal begins in 2019.
Petersen told reporters on Wednesday that he “absolutely” heard reaction from players and recruits Tuesday, per the Seattle Times.
The Washington coach has a long history with Nike, going back to his days at Boise State and says he has a lot of respect for the Oregon-based company and its founder Phil Knight.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Nike and really appreciate all they’ve done for Washington,” Petersen said, per the Seattle Times. “I appreciate what they’ve done for me in the past. I’ve got a lot of good friends there, so I really respect Nike. I’ve got a lot of respect for Phil Knight.”
However, he is excited about what Adidas brings to the table.
“That being said, I think we’re really excited about Adidas. They want to help us take this program to the next step and give us everything that they can possibly do to help us in terms of gear and marketing and everything. I think they’re really excited to be with us, and likewise. … I think it’s really, really good for this university. We all know there’s never enough resources and it’s a big department that needs a lot of help, and Adidas is going to give that to us. We’re extremely excited.”