LAFAYETTE — Scot Wieland called it the “wow factor” for his Louisiana-Lafayette soccer program.
Athletic director Scott Farmer labeled it the best business deal available in the school’s search for an official athletic apparel sponsor.
With the coaches of every major sport in agreement, Farmer announced Wednesday that UL-Lafayette has entered into a five-year, $1.3 million deal with Adidas, which will become the university’s exclusive athletic footwear, apparel and accessory brand through the 2016-17 season.
Farmer made the announcement at a news conference inside Dupre Library in the center of the UL-Lafayette campus.
Farmer said Adidas has agreed to pay the university $300,000 in addition to a $50,000 bonus during the first year of the agreement to wear the company’s brand in every sport.
During the remaining four years of the agreement, Adidas will pay the company another $250,000 annually, Farmer said.
The agreement becomes effective July 1 and continues through June 30, 2017, with an option to extend for two more years.
Farmer said the school also received competitive offers from Russell Athletic and Under Armor.
“The bids from those companies were very attractive to us. It’s just that in negotiations with Adidas, they brought the most to the table. Adidas is also providing discounts for other merchandise purchases, especially shoes, Farmer said.
“When you weight it all together, Adidas had the most acceptable offer,” he said.
Farmer said he provided the coaches in every UL-Lafayette sport with the financial details from each company that entered into negotiations with the school, then let them make a final decision.
“The coaches got together, discussed it among themselves and with each other, and at the end, all of them agreed that this was the best deal,” Farmer said.
Wieland said his athletes will be wearing the brand “of the godfather of soccer. It’s another huge step in the direction of this program. With Adidas now, it’s just icing on the cake.”
Football coach Mark Hudspeth said the university’s athletic programs needed what he called “a national brand that will give athletes the best gear to compete in.”
Hudspeth said in previous years, the Cajuns have had to “mix and match” various athletic brands when their athletes compete in games.
“On game day now, we will be head to toe in everything Adidas,” Hudspeth noted.
Farmer spoke alongside two mannequins attired in football jerseys and equipment displaying the Adidas logo.
Hudspeth said the Adidas agreement will give his team about 15 football uniform combinations.
Perhaps more importantly, Hudspeth is involved in contract matters of his own. He said he has signed a contract proposal to extend his tenure and given it to Farmer.
“(Farmer) has it right now, and all (the contract) needs is to get more signatures on it. I’m very much pleased to get this finalized and show all our recruits that the football program and the coaching staff has stability and support,” Hudspeth said.
Hudspeth said he was not willing Wednesday to discuss the financial terms and length of the contract proposal “until all the parties have their signatures on the contract.”
Farmer said he did not intend to discuss any details of the contract until the signature process was completed.