Saturday, November 04, 2006

To Oregon, It's Good Knight

In the '80s, Oregon used to hold position meetings at the end of the tunnels to Autzen Stadium — drawing X's and O's on the walls like Neanderthals — or in cramped storage rooms with chairs stacked next to mops and buckets. But when Oregon broke through in 1994 and went to the Rose Bowl, it caught the attention of alum Phil Knight, the richest man south of Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The money started flowing into the Oregon athletic program, including a $40 million donation to a 13,000-seat expansion of Autzen and roughly $8 million to the Moshofsky Center, the Ducks' indoor practice facility. The school's relationship with Knight has been rocky at times, but there is no denying the impact the Nike co-founder has had on the football team.

1 comment:

Zach Landres-Schnur said...

"there is no denying the impact the Nike co-founder has had on the football team."

yeah, like those hideous uniforms!