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IU soccer exhibition moved to Memorial Stadium

The full release from IU:

The Indiana men’s soccer team announced that its exhibition game against Western Michigan on Thursday, Aug. 20, will be played inside Memorial Stadium, the home of the Indiana football team.

The game will still begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be free admission for all fans.

The game has been moved to the turf inside Memorial Stadium to preserve the playing surface at Bill Armstrong Stadium, the regular home site for the men’s and women’s soccer teams.

All fans planning to attend should plan to park in the Orange Lot via the Gate 4 entrance off 17th Street and enter the stadium ONLY through gates E1, E5 and E8 on the east side of the stadium. Parking will be free and fans will be asked to sit on the east side of the stadium as well.

Fans will NOT be permitted on the field or in Knot Hole Park.

Indiana will play its third and final exhibition game on Saturday, Aug. 22 in Fort Wayne against Marquette at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Shindigz Soccer Festival. The Hoosiers will open regular season play at home on Aug. 28 against St. John’s in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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Evaluating skill positions with Kevin Johns #iufb

Nearly two full weeks into fall camp, Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns finds his group at a similar spot as in previous years.

He’s pleased with the overall appearance of his offense, but there remains more to tackle leading into IU’s season opener against Southern Illinois on Sept. 5. Right now, most of the focus remains simply lining up, playing fast and executing base concepts.

“So far, so good, but there are still miles to go,” Johns said.

With camp nearing the midway point, Johns spent time this week evaluating where each of his offensive skill positions stand.

Receivers

Ricky Jones and Mitchell Paige remain the most consistent players in this group, though some of the underclassmen are making their marks.

Leon Thornton, Nick Westbrook and Simmie Cobbs have each made impressive catches during portions of practice that are open to reporters. Last week, cornerback Rashard Fant said Jones and Westbrook have been two of the most impressive receivers in camp.

Coaches also seem to be happy with Dominique Booth’s progression.

Johns said the group of freshmen look good, but acknowledged he won’t know what he truly has until they get into games.

“I like my young guys a lot, but I also don’t think it’s shaking out yet,” Johns said. “There is still a big clump of guys in there where not everyone has necessarily separated themselves. But everyone is making it tough to separate yourself because guys are playing really well. I like the competition.” (more…)

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Glass believes Adidas extension fits Indiana

In Adidas, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass sees an apparel company that fits his department.

He means literally and figuratively.

Now Adidas is set to make its latest agreement with IU one of the nation’s most lucractive. Indiana officially announced Tuesday the terms of its extension on an apparel contract with Adidas, which will pay IU $53.6 million to outfit its teams over eight years. The agreement, which goes into effect in 2016, is the fifth largest known such deal in college athletics.

IU has most recently partnered with the Germany-based company since 2004 and previously signed an eight-year extension in 2008.

“It’s kind of the stable, classic player in the market and we think that’s really the essence of our brand’s stability and class and tradition,” Glass told The Herald-Times. “I think it’s a really good match.”

Indiana will make $6.7 million annually — nearly doubling Adidas’ previous commitment of $3.7 million. If that deal were to have taken effect during the 2014-15 school year, it would have ranked IU behind only Michigan and UCLA among publicly released contracts, according to the Portland Business Journal’s apparel contract database. Michigan recently left Adidas for a 15-year, $169 million deal with Nike — the most lucrative contract in the nation.

Glass says the annual Adidas payouts will go in multiple directions. First, each sport under the Indiana umbrella will receive additional products like practice clothing, footwear and other gear. Under the previous agreement, Glass says, there were certain sports that didn’t have as much gear and apparel that they needed. The rest of the Adidas money will provide an annual boost of cash available for department projects and needs.

“We’re always looking under every rock to see how we can increase revenue and particularly a revenue stream that you can count on,” Glass said. “This deal will provide more money for the department, so that will be a big plus.” (more…)

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IU officially announces terms, details of Adidas extension

Here’s the release from IU. Just spoke with Fred Glass, so we’ll have more on the way shortly:

Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that IU Athletics has extended its apparel agreement with adidas for eight years through 2024. The agreement, signed by all parties Monday, is worth $53.6 million and nearly doubles the annual commitment by adidas to IU Athletics from $3.7 million to $6.7 million over their previous agreement, an increase of 81 percent – making it one of the nation’s largest.

“We are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with adidas,” said Glass. “Having one of the nation’s largest equipment and apparel deals will have an enormous impact on IU, our teams, coaches, and student-athletes. IU Athletics and adidas have enjoyed a tremendous history together, and we are excited to carry that tradition into the future.”

In addition to outfitting the Hoosiers, adidas will provide IU Athletics with a full branding audit to ensure a uniform and consistent look across all 24 varsity sports. The agreement provides for an annual alternative football uniform, including helmets, as well as an optional alternative uniform each year for men’s basketball. The agreement also includes a marketing commitment where the global footwear and apparel leader will co-brand with IU Athletics in marketing campaigns, social media efforts, and in-store promotions.

“Since 2004, we’ve worked closely with the Hoosiers to bring our best and most innovative footwear, apparel and accessories to all men’s and women’s sports,” said Chris McGuire, senior director of Sports Marketing at adidas. “We’ve enjoyed a successful partnership with Indiana and look forward to continuing to collaborate to help their athletes perform at the highest level.”

“This agreement is the fifth largest known such agreement in college athletics,” said AJ Maestas, President & Founder of Navigate Research, which was engaged by IU Athletics for a valuation study during its yearlong preparation for this agreement. “Hoosier Nation should celebrate the continued relationship with adidas and an offseason victory for athletics.”

“Navigate was great to work with and gave us great confidence that this new agreement helps us to realize our maximum value in the marketplace,” said Glass. “I would also like to publicly recognize the great work of our IU team, without whom this new agreement simply would not have been possible: Eric Neuburger, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities & External Alliances; Tim Rice, Executive Director of Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing; Valerie Gill, University Director of Licensing & Trademarks; and Stephen Harper, Assistant General Counsel.

Indiana fans will be able to purchase official sideline apparel, coaches’ shirts, hats, jerseys, performance apparel and outerwear at a wide variety of quality retailers including the IU Varsity Shop as well as on the official athletics website.

Indiana University Athletics represents one of the strongest athletic traditions in the nation, having won 25 national team championships, 171 Big Ten Conference team titles, 1,036 individual Big Ten titles and 145 individual NCAA titles, while producing 205 Olympians, 50 gold medal winners and 96 overall medal winners.

adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to make all athletes better. adidas is the official uniform, footwear and apparel provider for more than 100 collegiate programs including Indiana, Arizona State, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin. adidas has marketing agreements with the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.

Tom Crean, Men’s Basketball Head Coach
“We really appreciate the care and attention we all get from adidas. We look forward to the continued growth of the relationship.”

Kevin Wilson, Football Head Coach
“Our partnership with adidas is one of confidence and trust. We really like and are very comfortable with their footwear and apparel, evidenced by Tevin Coleman signing with adidas right out of school. We are excited to continue this partnership.”

Todd Yeagley, Men’s Soccer Head Coach
“We are very excited to continue our special partnership with adidas. We have been with adidas from our first varsity kick in 1973. adidas is the global leader in soccer, providing our team with the finest footwear and apparel on the market.”

Teri Moren, Women’s Basketball Head Coach
“adidas has been a great partner for IU women’s basketball and we are excited to continue that partnership. I’m thrilled to have an industry leader like adidas outfit our team as we build our program to compete at the highest level.”

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Report: IU agrees to extension with Adidas

Indiana and Adidas will remain partners for the foreseeable future.

The university and the apparel company have reached an agreement on a contract extension worth $53.6 million over eight years, IU confirmed to the Indianapolis Star Monday night. With the current deal set to expire after the upcoming school year, IU’s newest apparel contract is expected to be among the five most lucrative deals in the nation.

According to the Portland Business Journal’s contract database, the expected $6.7 million yearly payout would rank IU behind only Michigan and UCLA during the 2014-15 school year. Michigan recently left Adidas for a 15-year, $169 million deal with Nike — the most lucrative contract in the nation.

Indiana has partnered with Adidas since 2004. Its current $21 million contract was signed as part of an eight-year extension in 2008. IU is expected to officially announce the new deal Tuesday.

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass did not return messages left by The Herald-Times.

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IU soccer exhibition moved to Westfield

The first exhibition of the men’s soccer season, originally scheduled for Armstrong Stadium tonight at 7:30, has been moved to Grand Park in Westfield due to Sunday’s heavy rains. Here’s the IU release:

The Indiana men’s soccer team has announced that tonight’s exhibition game against Valparaiso that was scheduled to be played at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington has been moved to Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.

The game will still start at 7:30 p.m. ET as originally scheduled and admission will be free for all in attendance. The field the game will be played on will be announced later today.

Due to heavy rain in Bloomington on Sunday, the pitch at Armstrong Stadium is not playable and forced the game to be moved.

The address for Grand Park is:

Grand Park
711 E. 191st St.
Westfield, IN 46074

For the most up-to-date information on the game, make sure to follow IU Men’s Soccer on Twitter (@IUMensSoccer).

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Sophomores Kiante Walton and Tony Fields are among a host of players vying for playing time at safety for the Hoosiers, Mike writes.

It’s that time of year when Indiana football fever infects its victims with unbridled optimism, Andy writes.

The No. 14 IU soccer team gets to sample its depth in leadership and talent tonight when it hosts Valparaiso in an exhibition game, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
A report on IU football’s closed scrimmage Saturday, via Sam Beishuizen of IUHoosiers.com.

The question for Indiana’s secondary is whether it can turn inexperience into improvement, Vinnie Duber of CSN Chicago writes.

From running back to pastor, Anthony Thompson remains a difference maker, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes in Part I.

IU running backs coach Deland McCullough did more than visit Tevin Coleman in Atlanta this summer, he interned as a coach for the Falcons, Sam Beishuizen of IUHoosiers.com writes.

Inconsistency for Troy Williams, tremendous potential for Thomas Bryant and a European-level point guard for Yogi Ferrell were among the takeaways from this summer’s adidas Nations event, Aran Smith of nbadraft.net writes.

Egged on by boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., Victor Oladipo put his stamp on the USA Basketball scrimmage last week, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

3. BIG TEN COUNTRY
Illinois’ Darius Paul was arrested by police in Deauville, France for public intoxication, vandalism and resisting arrest during the Illini’s foreign trip over the weekend, Marcus Jackson of the Champaign News-Gazette writes.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Andy and his afflicted family members, “Fever” by The Black Keys.

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