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ETSU football gear "flying off the racks"

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Need to get your ETSU football fix? Several area retailers already have plenty of licensed gear stocked to buy two years prior to the team taking the field.

Fanatics 101 at the Mall at Johnson City just got in its new shipment of football shirts. The first 72 shirts sold out in the first two weeks.

"You know the old saying, 'You don't miss the well until the water runs dry,' so I think it's that type of thing. In the south people love football and I think people will really be thankful for it now that it's back and it's kind of showing already with the sales of the shirts," Fanatics 101 manager Derrick Hudson said. "(ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland) actually came in when we were very low on both of them and only had a few sizes left, so he bought one, I believe for his son, and wasn't able to get one for himself, but he'd said he'd check back to get one for himself."

Walgreens also just got in on the excitement within the last week. The retailer is selling the NCAA licensed shirts at all 26 of its area locations. Walgreens says it's already sold 500 of its 5,000 shirts.

"We think it's big. We think the ETSU brand is changing. We think it's great for the community, so we thought we'd get some excitement (going)," Walgreens Community Leader Tim Mullins said. "We want to be able to let the community know in Bristol and Johnson City and Kingsport and Greeneville that ETSU football is back. We're very excited. When we heard that ETSU football was coming back, we decided to really support them, really help get that message out to the whole Tri-Cities area."

Both retailers say ETSU gets 10% for every shirt sold.

ETSU says its bookstore also has some football items available for sale.

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