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Southern Miss and Russell Athletic® Agree to 5-Year Athletic Apparel Deal


HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss Department of Athletics and Russell Athletic® (RML – NYSE) announced today an agreement to supply athletic apparel for its intercollegiate sports teams.


The agreement covers five years and encompasses total compensation for the University of $2.75 million.


"Russell Athletic couldn't be happier to partner with such a tremendous university like The University of Southern Mississippi," Russell Athletic Senior Vice President Gary Barfield said. "We look forward to being able to showcase Southern Miss as it grows its nationally-recognized brand."


For more than 100 years, Russell Athletic® has supplied America's athletes and teams with the latest innovations in sports apparel. Russell Athletic® is also a leading supplier of team uniforms at the high school, college and professional level.


"I am very pleased to announce that Russell Athletic will become the official athletic apparel provider for Southern Miss Athletics," Southern Miss Athletics Director Jeff Hammond said.  "Under the leadership of President Rodney Bennett this is an extremely exciting time at Southern Miss and this partnership with Russell Athletic further solidifies our future."


The uniforms will give the Golden Eagles a new look for the upcoming season, and will feature the following state of the art technology:


* New "MSC" fabric with improved durability along with mesh construction for breathability
* This fabric has high stretch and high strength for added compression
* New "RussTwill" that reduces jersey weight and gives more stretch for airtight fit
* New neck construction for a more comfortable fit


The deal begins with the 2013-14 academic year and will run through the end of the 2018-19 athletic schedules. 


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