A look at the richest apparel deals in the country and how UCLA stacks up now. (Graphic by Thuc Nhi Nguyen // SCNG)
As the announcement of UCLA’s apparel deal nears, here’s a look at the five richest deals in the nation right now and how UCLA compares. Ohio State leads the pack with its 15-year, $252 million deal it signed in January, followed by Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame and Cal.
Correction: Wisconsin’s 2015 deal with Under Armour was worth $96 million over 10 years, putting it ahead of both Notre Dame and Cal.
UCLA, which is expected to drop Adidas and sign with Under Armour, according to Scout.com, had one of the top contracts in the nation before this year. The seven-year extension signed in 2010 was is worth $7.5 million, however Ohio State, Texas and Cal all inked new deals this year that dwarfed UCLA’s. Michigan dropped Adidas and agreed to a 15-year deal with Nike worth up to $169 million in July 2015, but the final number increased to $173.8 million by the time the two parties signed on the dotted line in April 2016.
Men’s tennis lost a close 4-3 match to Oklahoma in the Elite Eight. The second-ranked Bruins finish the year at 25-3. They came back from a 2-0 deficit and tied the match at 3-3, but lost the clincher at No. 6 singles. UCLA beat Stanford in the Sweet 16.
The UCLA softball team got three solo home runs to take down Cal State Fullerton in Saturday’s winners bracket matchup to advance to Sunday’s regional final. The Bruins will face Fullerton again after the Titans survived an elimination game against Fresno State. There’s no TV for the regional final, but there is expected to be a live stream through Pac-12.com
UCLA sophomore Johanna Grauer came one out away from a perfect game, but settled for a no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional. She gave up a two-out walk in the seventh inning, but rebounding to strike out the final batter.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora stopped by the Rich Eisen Show to talk about plenty of things including his experience at the NFL Draft, Myles Jack and Josh Rosen.
Of Rosen, Mora said that if his quarterback had been in the draft this year, the soon-to-be sophomore would have been the best signal-caller available and “he would have gone first.”
“I know that is really a strong statement for a true freshman,” Mora continued. “I’ve been around Peyton (Manning) when he was that age. I can’t remember ever seeing anybody at his age with the arm talent, the intelligence, the decision making, the drive, the passion and the ability he has.” Continue reading →