OWENSBORO — Terry Matthews was still caught up in the Monday madness of the NCAA men's basketball championship Tuesday morning. He had been up all night and probably would not sleep until after 10 p.m.
But this is not fan fever.
Terry and Andrea Matthews, owners of Terry's Tees, received a subcontract to produce the official NCAA championship T-shirt in a half-dozen or so different designs.
"We were down here after the game was over and started immediately," Terry Matthews said Tuesday. "We'll produce over 5,000 pieces in two days."
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Just to put that number in perspective, the shop turned out about 7,500 pieces during all of last week.
His shirts will have the official collegiate seal to authenticate them.
Matthews said his wife sent him home to sleep, "but that lasted about 15 minutes."
The Matthewses also were approved Tuesday as one of the outlets to sell the shirts in all of the various designs.
Terry's Tees' subcontract is with Logo Express, a Florida-based company with offices in Owensboro. The company is one of about six vendors that are producing the official shirts.
"We worked Terry all night," Logo Express's Tim Thompson said Tuesday morning at Terry's Tees.
Logo Express also is licensed in 15 states to produce all of the state high school championship shirts, including Kentucky's. The company provides shirts from bowl games, too. Thompson had subcontracted with Terry's Tees in the past for state championship shirts.
The couple's 20-year-old company started in a 12-by- 12 shed. Today, it has five full-time employees counting the couple, and the company might be adding a second shift soon, Terry Matthews said.
The business also does printing for Adidas and Taylor Made for their umbrellas and golf bags.
"They keep us hopping," he said.