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Oregon Welcomes Tennessee to the Nike Family

NikeunveilfullA day after officially joining the Nike family, the Vols got a welcome from one of its most well-known collegiate members – Oregon.

The Ducks have played a large role in Nike’s emergence as the top brand in college football, especially over the past few years as Oregon has taken advantage of its proximity to the Nike headquarters and its relationship with Phil Knight to become somewhat of a testing ground for Nike gear.

Of course, Tennessee’s results on the field against Oregon haven’t been very memorable for Vol fans. The Ducks beat the Vols 48-13 in Knoxville in 2010 and then again 59-14 in 2013 in Eugene in Butch Jones’ first year at UT.

But both those UT teams were “rebuilding” squads for UT with lower expectations facing off against a powerful Oregon squad – making for some cordial interactions between fans of the two teams that seems to have led to a good overall relationship between the two schools. And you know the old saying…if you can’t beat them, join them.

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