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    Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Martavious Newby is one of the better young prospects in the city of Memphis.

    He had an interesting quote in Monday's newspaper about Memphis' Elite Camp.

    "I was about to go to Tennessee's camp up there, but I changed my mind," Newby told The Commercial Appeal . "I mean, I like Tennessee, but I had to come over here and see how it is, because I like Memphis. That's where I might be going. So I told my high school coach I changed my mind."

    Changed his mind?

    "I love him to death," Newby's AAU coach, Keith Easterwood, told CBSSports.com on Monday. "But he never had a mind to change."

    Before you can understand this story -- and, specifically, how Memphis ended up with most of the top local players on campus last Friday and Saturday -- you need to understand the back story, that Easterwood coaches the best Class of 2011 and 2012 prospects in the area. You also need to know that his team is funded by Nike. And that Memphis is a "Nike" school. And that Tennessee is an "Adidas" school. And that both schools held Elite Camps this past weekend.

    OK, you got all that?

    Good.

    Now I'll let Easterwood tell the story.

    "I polled my kids after a game," Easterwood said. "I asked 12 kids: 'Do you want to go to the Memphis Elite Camp or the Tennessee Elite Camp?' ... And all of them, to a man, said they wanted to go to Knoxville. Well, that was good for me. So we did what we had to do to get prepared to get them up there, talked to parents, one thing and another."

    And then ...

    "I got some calls, some were shoe-affiliated," Easterwood said. "Nike, Adidas, you can connect the dots. ... Memphis is Nike. I'm with a Nike AAU program. And it was expressed to me that it would be in my best interests to stay home and not make the trip to Knoxville, which is what we ultimately did."

    Easterwood declined to name the person who called him, but promised it was a "person of influence" with Nike ties. He said he was also told that one of his players, Andre Hollins, might not get an invitation to this week's prestigious Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis if he attended UT's Elite Camp instead of Memphis' Elite Camp.

    "The kids didn't know the behind-the-scenes stuff," Easterwood said. "But I had to let [Hollins'] parents know what was at stake if they made that trip."

    Once Easterwood told them, they didn't make that trip.

    And Hollins' invitation to the Nike Hoop Jamboree subsequently arrived, as expected.

    I guess I shouldn't be shocked about it but I really don't think NIke wanted this to come out



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    This whole story means nothing to me the next time I go buy shoes. It also doesn't surprise me one bit.



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    I didnt realize I was choosing Memphis or Tennessee every time I go to buy sneakers. I usually buy Nike but now I know of Memphis and Iowa's affiliation with them so I may change my mind to Adidas.



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Isn't ISU a Nike school also?



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Quote Originally Posted by hurdleisu24 View Post
    Isn't ISU a Nike school also?
    Yep.



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    The only big 12 schools that are not nike are: Kansas (adidas), TT (Under Armour), and Nebraska (Adidas).



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    i like new balance shoes.


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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    A&M is also Adidas, made the switch this past year (from Nike).



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    A&M is also Adidas, made the switch this past year (from Nike).
    You are correct. Good call.



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Am I crazy or should Nike be allowed to sponsor an AAU team? Are there ANY kinds of regulations around the AAU organization. Or is it kind of a "free-for-all"...



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Quote Originally Posted by superdorf View Post
    Am I crazy or should Nike be allowed to sponsor an AAU team? Are there ANY kinds of regulations around the AAU organization. Or is it kind of a "free-for-all"...
    Why wouldn't they be able to? Most AAU's are non profits anyway.



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Quote Originally Posted by acrozier22 View Post
    Why wouldn't they be able to? Most AAU's are non profits anyway.
    Did you read the original post... that is why they shouldn't be allowed.



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Quote Originally Posted by superdorf View Post
    Did you read the original post... that is why they shouldn't be allowed.
    Non profits are allowed to have sponsors though.



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Not all clubs are AAU organizations either. There are multiple organizations and the elite clubs rarely play in the AAU events.



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    Re: Nike tells AAU coach where to go

    Damn that Calipari, damn him to hell...how dare he make Memphis a Nike school...



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