Coach Paul Johnson said that he is not involved in negotiations.
Athletic director Todd Stansbury “keeps me abreast of what’s going on,” Johnson said. “I’m sure he’s going to do what’s best for Georgia Tech.”
While he has long been associated with Nike, he expressed no preference for Tech’s next apparel provider.
“I think that the kids will be happy if they get more stuff,” he said. “We’ll see if it helps in recruiting.”
To Jeune, the problem with Russell has been both the quantity of gear that athletes received and the look.
Said Jeune, “It’s a little mixture of both, and you hear it from everybody else, like, ‘That’s Russell. You guys are Russell still?’”
Jeune was OK with Nike or Adidas. Freeman’s preference was Nike.
“Of course, the team would love Nike, but they’re like, If we get Under Armour, that’d be cool,” he said. “Even if we get Adidas, we can rock with it. Anything that is not Russell right now.”