Tag:Under Armour
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:18 am
 

Under Armour CEO supports Randy Edsall

Posted by Chip Patterson

When he called Maryland his "dream job," the Terrapins fans had high hopes for the Randy Edsall era in College Park. But after an exhilarating season opening win against Miami, things have not gone as planned for the Terps.

Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien has struggled to find his rhythm in the new offense, and now finds himself in a quarterback battle with the run-first freshman C.J. Brown. The defense has lost several key players to injury, most notably preseason All-ACC linebacker/safety Kenny Tate - who is done for the season with an undisclosed injury.

With 13 players with eligibility from the 2010 squad no longer on the team, and multiple reports of possible transfers, some fans are wondering if the 2-6 start can be blamed on the new leadership. Some fans may be doubting Edsall, but CBSSports.com's Dave Carey reports that one of the school's top boosters, Kevin Plank, has issued a vote of confidence for the first-year coach.

"Randy Edsall's a competitor, a fighter, and somebody whose foxhole I would stand in any day of the week," Plank said in a radio appearance on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. "There are a lot of kids in-state that are looking at the University of Maryland."

Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour, is one of the brains behind the re-branding of the Maryland football program. Along with Edsall and athletic director Kevin Anderson, the program has been trying to emphasize the school's presence as the premiere destination for football players in the state of Maryland. That "Maryland Pride" that Edsall references frequently can be seen in many of the uniform combinations and promotional tools - like the uniform inspired by the Maryland state flag pictured right.

Anderson brought Edsall in to change the culture at Maryland, and the former Connecticut head coach quickly put new dress code and strict discipline requirements in action. There was initially some discontent in the locker room, but team leaders like senior running back Davin Meggett stood tall behind Edsall at the beginning of the season.

But as Maryland prepares to face Virginia on Saturday, the Terps are coming to terms with the likely possibility of missing the postseason for only the second time in six years. They have not won another conference game since that opener against Miami and their only other victory was against Towson.

It appears Edsall has the support of the program's leadership, but the players and fans will feel much better going into 2012 if Maryland can show some signs of turnaround in the final four games of the season.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:15 pm
 

PHOTO: USF Wounded Warrior Project helmet

Posted by Chip Patterson

South Carolina, Texas Tech, and Auburn won't be the only Under Armour schools suiting up in uniforms for the Wounded Warrior Project this season. This is the third year that Under Armour created uniforms to honor the Armed Forces and show support for our nation's veterans, and on Thursday we got a sneak peak at South Florida's special threads.

The head-to-toe alternates will be worn when the Bulls host Miami on Nov. 19. The team will be led on the field by honorary captains selected by the Wounded Warrior Project. The WWP provides programs and services for injured service members and their families. The custom jerseys will be auctioned on South Florida's website on Monday Nov. 21 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Believe in HeroesTM.

Check out the gear below, photos courtesy of USFNation.com



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Posted on: September 21, 2011 4:27 pm
 

S. Carolina unveils Wounded Warrior Project unis

Posted by Adam Jacobi

South Carolina is set to play Auburn on October 1, and though that SEC showdown won't be lacking for drama or consequence by any stretch of the imagination, there's going to be another aspect of the game. That Saturday, South Carolina will be wearing special Under Armor uniforms designed for the Wounded Warrior Project, an initiative designed to benefit wounded veterans of the American armed forces.

Here's more from Under Armour and the WWP about the uniforms:

In an effort to recognize the sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces as well as to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, this year’s uniforms will embrace the American spirit by incorporating a custom “USA stars and stripes” head-to-toe design. To further support all veterans, each team will replace their last names on their jerseys with a core value embellishment – Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country, or Service – and will be led on field by selected wounded warrior honorary captains.

“As we continue to reflect on the tenth anniversary of September 11, we recognize the importance of honoring those that lost their lives on that day and the men and women of our Armed Forces that continue to fight for freedom,” said Matt Mirchin, Under Armour Senior Vice President, Sports Marketing. “We are privileged to work with Wounded Warrior Project, South Carolina, Texas Tech, and the University of South Florida to carry on the tradition of these special games and support the Believe in Heroes campaign.”

As alluded to in the statement, Texas Tech and South Florida will be participating in the promotion as well, with Texas Tech wearing them against against Oklahoma State on November 12 and USF wearing them against Miami the following week. These two teams' WWP uniforms have yet to be released. 

Back to the Gamecocks, though. Here are the two South Carolina uniforms pictures officially released (click on both for EXTREME CLOSE-UP hi-res versions):

 

Not bad, eh? The camo hamstrings are an odd touch, but all in all it's not too radical a departure from South Carolina's usual digs. Also, check out the American flag glove combination -- something so extravagantly patriotic it belongs only A) in college football, or B) on the back window of the cab of a pickup truck. Still though, so we're clear: we like it. 

You can read more about the Wounded Warrior Project here

Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:28 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 11:40 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Posted by Chip Patterson

MARYLAND WON. The first game of the ACC season featured the conference's newest coaches as Randy Edsall and Al Golden each made their debut on Monday night. Maryland and Miami braved through rain and injury issues before Terrapins' sophomore quarterback Danny O'Brien connected on a couple of deep passes late in the fourth quarter to set up Nick Ferrara with the game-winning 30-yard field goal with 1:39 remaining. Senior cornerback Cameron Chism iced it with a pick-six to give Maryland the 32-24 win.

WHY MARYLAND WON: The Terrapins offense looked potent in year one under new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, picking up 499 total yards against the Miami defense. Early in the game they got it done with a fast-paced offense that kept the depleted Hurricanes defensive unit on their heels. But red zone inefficiency resulted in five different drives only producing 12 points (4 field goals and a 23-yard miss by Ferrara).

WHEN MARYLAND WON: Maryland could have put this game away early, but the inability to capitalize in the red zone gave Miami enough of an opportunity to hang around until the bitter end. Trailing 24-23 with less than 4:00 remaining, it was the ACC Rookie of the Year O'Brien who connected with Kevin Dorsey on a 52-yard go route to set up the game winning field goal.

WHAT MARYLAND WON: A hard-fought conference win against one of the ACC's toughest opponents. Many doubters wondered how the Terps would perform with a new coaching staff and several key players missing from 2010's 9-win campaign. Davin Meggett stepped up as the new starting running back and delivered a 92 yards of downhill running while Kevin Dorsey took over Torrey Smith's role as O'Brien's favorite target with 8 catches for 124 yards. The Terps have some issues to address in the red zone, but it was a great start for a team looking to continue the momentum from a year ago.

WHAT MIAMI LOST: Al Golden was pleased with his team's ability to withstand Maryland's fast start and continue to fight through the game. But he will not be pleased with the penalties and costly turnovers that continue to nag this group of Hurricanes. Miami was 119th in the nation in turnovers a year ago, and on Monday two turnovers directly cost the Hurricanes 14 points. Without the pick-six or fumble returned for a touchdown Miami might have escaped with a win.

THAT WAS CRAZY: The uniforms. They are…something. (via @jose3030)

Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:54 am
 

Report: Newton investigation still open

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For Cam Newton, it's nothing but good news these days. His San Diego workout for the media drew a consensus of raves; he's projected to go to the Washington Redskins with the 10th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft  by many , if not to a different team much higher ; and he just signed what might be the richest athletic endorsement deal for a rookie in NFL history.

For the Auburn team he left behind, the news these days regarding Newton is ... mostly good. But the shadow of the NCAA investigation into his arrival on the Plains hasn't lifted just yet, according to a new column from Birmingham News writer Kevin Scarbinsky :
According to people with reason to know, the NCAA is still conducting an active investigation into Auburn's recruitment of Newton. There is an enforcement staff official assigned to the case, and that person is turning over every rock to make sure the NCAA doesn't get blindsided down the road.

Auburn fans won't like that information. Some of them won't believe it. They'll be joined in their displeasure or disbelief by fans of other schools who read this nugget: The bomb is not about to drop.

According to those same well-informed sources, the NCAA has yet to discover or uncover new information that would wipe out Auburn's national championship season.

This echoes similar statements made recently by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who said "nobody had written him a letter" saying the case had been closed or that any new information had come to light. 

Which means that for the time being, the Newton scandal remains in the same limbo in which it's been mired since Newton was ruled eligible to play in November: no evidence that Newton or his family accepted any improper benefits to come to Auburn, but still enough legwork left for the NCAA to do that anyone who says definitively that no such evidence exists is jumping the gun.

As Scarbinsky points out, the last Heisman winner to walk away with the kind of deal Newton just inked with Under Armour was Reggie Bush. If there's anything we can say with certainty about the Newton case, it's that the NCAA isn't going to let the investigative media make its compliance staff look hopelessly behind (as in the Bush case) if they can help it. If the good news for Auburn is that there's no "bomb" poised to drop, the bad news is that they likely shouldn't expect an "investigation closed" resolution to drop anytime soon.

 
 
 
 
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