UCF might have stymied its Adidas deal

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When UCF tees it up again in the spring, expect the Knights to be in new uniforms.

On Nov. 4, UCF’s basketball team played an exhibition game against St. Leo University. So, what does that have to do with golf?

Marcus Jordan is a freshman on the Knights’ basketball team. Basketball fans might recognize the surname “Jordan.’’ His father, Michael, played a few games in the NBA, you might recall.

While Marcus Jordan was being recruited by UCF, he was told that he would be able to wear his father’s Nike Air Jordan brand of basketball shoes. UCF has a contract through 2009 with Adidas to supply uniforms, shoes, hats and apparel. A verbal agreement, according to The Orlando Sentinel, would have extended their partnership through 2015 with a six-year, $3 million deal.

Would have.

Marcus Jordan stepped onto the UCF Arena court wearing a pair of Nikes while his teammates had the school-issue Adidas sneakers. An Adidas spokeswoman told the Sentinel that UCF is not living up to its end of the deal. Thus, no contract extension.

Men’s golf coach Bryce Wallor told Golfweek on Nov. 5 that his team still will be wearing Adidas, at least until he hears something different.

“There have been no discussions with me so far as to tell me we are not playing in Adidas,’’ Wallor said. “Head to toe, we are Adidas as per the contract. Until I’m told of changes through our AD, we will continue to wear Adidas.”

The Knights’ first event of the spring will be the Gator Invitational on Feb. 13-14 in Gainesville, Fla. What will they be wearing then?

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