Jan. 24, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - When SMU student-athletes hit the field next fall, they will sport a new mark in addition to the classic running pony logo - a Nike Swoosh. SMU Athletics and Nike have entered into a five-year agreement that will make Nike the official provider of apparel, footwear and equipment for the Mustangs. The agreement will be effective beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
"We are excited to announce this partnership between SMU Athletics and Nike," stated Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. "Nike is a world leader in athletic apparel and equipment, and this agreement links SMU Athletics with that prestigious brand. We have raised the profile of SMU Athletics to a high level over the past few years and this commitment by Nike only reinforces that fact. With our impending move to the BIG EAST, we will continue to rise as we move towards our goal of becoming top-25 in everything we do."
"Partnering with elite organizations such as SMU allows Nike to continue to help build better athletes by pushing innovation forward," said Morgan Shaw, Nike Communications. "Our goal is to deliver unparalleled performance benefits through footwear, apparel and equipment by listening to the voice of the athlete. To that end, it is a privilege to work with such a strong, successful athletic organization."
SMU sponsors 17 intercollegiate teams, which include more than 450 student-athletes, and has achieved a high level of success in all sports, ranking as the top school in its conference for 11 of the last 14 years in the Director's Cup overall athletic rankings.