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March Edition of 'Ask the AD'

AD Randy Eaton at one of the Catamounts Unite Tour stops.

March 15, 2012

Before I get to the fan questions this month, I want to take a minute to thank the Catamount Nation for your support at the Southern Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament in Asheville. We asked you guys to paint Asheville purple and you didn't let us down.

I can't say enough about how well Western Carolina was represented in the Southern Conference finals, as our men's basketball team took on Davidson. To look up in the stands and see the sea of purple didn't go unnoticed, and I want to give a special thanks to our students who came out to the game.

The last month has seen a definite surge for Catamount athletics; from the amazing run by the men's basketball team at the SoCon Tournament, men's track and field winning the Southern Conference Indoor Championship, to the great start by Catamount baseball.

It truly is a great time to be a Catamount.

Randy, since you came from Maryland, do you have an inside source to make Under Armour the official merchandiser of Western Carolina University Athletics. I do in fact know many people at Under Armour, including Kevin Plank, President and Founder of the company. However, those relationships may not be enough to get Under Armour to be the official supplier to WCU Athletics. There are multitude of things we will need to review first, most importantly all current contracts and expiration dates of those contracts. Once we have a future date, we may take a hard look at getting an "All Sport" deal with a manufacturer that would cover all of our teams. I can share with you that any move in that direction is still a few years down the road.

Read the remaining questions and answers HERE.