North Carolina State will continue its partnership with Adidas, guaranteeing the university at least $6.45 million per year in retail product and financial considerations to the Department of Athletics, more than doubling the value of the current contract between the two. NC State announced the extension of the partnership on Tuesday morning.
The new contract between NC State and Adidas, which will from July 2016 through June 2022, will guarantee an increased minimum royalty payment to NC State from the sale of officially licensed merchandise.
“I’m excited that our relationship with [Adidas] has been extended,” NC State head coach Dave Doeren said in a released statement. “Their loyalty and commitment is very important to the Wolfpack football program and we look forward to the future of this great relationship. We are proud to represent the [Adidas] brand.”
Other schools with deals currently in place with Adidas include Arizona State, Miami, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Texas A&M and UCLA. Michigan is currently under contract with Adidas but will be switching to Nike next year, becoming the first football program to use the Michael Jordan Jumpman brand for its football uniforms. Adidas also recently lost partners in Notre Dame and Tennessee to Under Armour and Nike, respectively.
A year ago, North Carolina State’s decision to hire Dave Doeren didn’t reflect favorably on the university. A year later and Doeren helped orchestrate the second biggest turnaround in major college football this season.
With the 34-27 victory over the UCF Knights in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, the Wolfpack finished 8-5 overall, which is a five-game improvement in the win column for Doeren.
The improvement came naturally for a young and improving roster. Only six seniors started on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile, the young players stepped up, particularly during the bowl game.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett, a Florida transfer, strung together an outstanding performance against the Knights. The junior was 15-of-26 passing for 262 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback carried the team to a 17-10 halftime lead before the running game took over in the second half.
Both junior Shadrach Thornton and sophomore Matt Dayes finished the opening half with less rushing yards (29) than Brissett. Yet the duo exploded in the second half courtesy of a strong run-blocking effort by North Carolina State’s offensive line.
Wolfpack offensive coordinator Matt Canada repeatedly called inside zone runs to gash UCF’s stout defense. The Knights entered the bowl game with the fifth-ranked rush defense. Thornton and Dayes, however, shredded George O’Leary‘s defense with 174 total yards including a pair of touchdowns from the sophomore.
Despite the loss, UCF continues to prove its one of the best programs among the Group of Five conferences. The Knights finished 9-5 overall. It’s the fourth time in five years that O’Leary led the program to at least nine wins.
But the spotlight will shine on Doeren Friday due to the tremendous job he orchestrated this season with a program that wasn’t expected to compete at a high level.
The coach will now be expected to take the program to yet another level next season, and it’ll be possible to do so with a seasoned Brissett behind center and a talented stable of running backs.
NC State head coach Dave Doeren took a shot at Florida State following Saturday’s defeat to the top-ranked team in the nation. Doeren made the accusation Florida State players were faking injuries in an attempt to slow down the tempo of the game, which saw the Wolfpack give Florida State’s defense all it could handle. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher took exception to those remarks and responded by suggesting took exception to those remarks and responded by suggesting Doeren had no clue what he was talking about, and that he should worry about coaching NC State instead.
On Tuesday Doeren issued a public statement saying he has apologized to Fisher for his remarks. The statement was released via Twitter.
As suggested yesterday, it is rare to see one of the top teams in the country accused of faking injuries to slow down the opponent’s momentum. Florida State was already facing some injury depth concerns on the defensive line, so it is reasonable to expect some players slowing down at some point, but there is not much evidence to suggest Florida State was faking any injuries along the way.
Florida State was given a good scare by North Carolina on Saturday, but the Seminoles managed to respond and get out of town with another victory to keep their unbeaten streak alive. North Carolina State head coach Seminoles managed to respond and get out of town with another victory to keep their unbeaten streak alive. North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren accused Florida State of faking injuries in Saturday’s game in Raleigh.
“The tempo we had (in the first quarter) was working until all the crazy fall down things were going on and the clock kept stopping,” Doeren said, according to The Rocky Mountain Telegram. “You know the refs can’t do anything about that, but it’s horrible the way the tempo gets slow downed by these injuries. We went fast in the first-quarter, I guess there were no fake injuries.”
On Monday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher fired back.
“I accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about,” Fisher said Monday, according to The Orlando Sentinel. “We did not fake injuries, no one fakes injuries. We’ll coach Florida State, he can coach North Carolina State.”
NC State ran 87 plays (50 pass plays, 37 rushing attempts) against Florida State and controlled the football for nearly 32 and a half minutes. Florida State ran 71 plays on offense.
The topic of teams faking injuries is nothing new in college football, but it is not often you see one of the top-ranked teams in the country be on the receiving end of such criticism. Doeren is probably misguided in thinking Florida State felt a need to stoop to that level, given the overall athleticism of the roster on both sides of the football.
As North Carolina State gets into fall camp, the 2013 leading rusher is now welcomed back to the team. Running back Shadrach Thornton was reinstated by head coach Dave Doeren following an indefinite suspension that started last December.
Shadrach was cited for misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in December. Police had visited an apartment Thornton shared with another man being investigated for a sexual assault. Thornton was not involved in the investigation, but police used a probable cause affidavit for a search warrant to lead to the drug charges. Charges were dismissed because Thornton was not present at the time of the police search and he passed multiple drug tests.
Thornton played 11 games in 2013 and led the Wolfpack with 768 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading rusher in 2012 with 694 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman.