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IS IT THE SHOES? AFTER INJURIES, NC STATE WILL TRY NIKES
Published January 23, 1998
N.C. State has "temporarily ditched" adidas sneakers for Nike following three foot injuries to Wolfpack players, according to Caulton Tudor of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. Coach Herb Sendek, who "has a lucrative contract with adidas," did not blame the injuries on the shoes, but said that N.C. State is likely to wear Nikes until mid-February, when adidas "is scheduled to ship a new model." Sendek: "[W]e couldn't find any pattern to the injuries ... but this [changing to Nike] is something we want to try at least for a while. We contacted adidas, and they want to do what's best for the players." adidas Dir of Sports Promotions Sonny Vaccaro said that Sendek's salary will not be affected as a result of the switch. Tudor: "Players at some schools that wear Nike -- Duke, Kansas, Georgetown -- have suffered similar injuries" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 1/21).