Salt Lake City – Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett has seen early mock-ups of the Wolverines' new Nike football uniforms, and he's pleased with the design.
Hackett, who arrived here Wednesday in advance of the Wolverines' season opener under new coach Jim Harbaugh at Utah on Thursday night, recently negotiated a 15-year apparel deal worth $169 million with Nike, which will take over in 2016 after the current Adidas contract expires.
In an interesting twist to the deal with Nike, Michael Jordan revealed last month in an eight-second video that Michigan will become the first football team associated with the Nike Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of the manufacturer. The brand features the "Jumpman" basketball logo, which presumably was going to replace the Nike swoosh on Michigan's uniforms.
"(The Jumpman logo) is on the uniform," Hackett said Wednesday. "I've seen the design."
Hackett said the design looks great.
The Michigan men's and women's basketball programs already were set to wear the Jumpman logo, as outlined in the term sheet with Nike.
Harbaugh, who last week described his phone call from Jordan, who reached out to pursue Michigan football, was asked if the Wolverines' football uniforms will look odd with a basketball logo.
"It's going to be awesome," Harbaugh said.