Allen Brettman of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN has a Q & A with billionaire University of Oregon benefactor - and Nike founder - Phil Knight this week.
(Call him Coach Knight)
In the piece, Knight essentially confirms that he has access to the feed of Oregon football coaches on their headseats during games.
Q: True or not. There’s a headset in your suite at Autzen so you can listen to the play calling.
A: If it was true I couldn’t say, huh?
Q: Why, is it illegal?
A: No. I just wouldn’t want to talk about it … if it was true.
This isn’t the first time the subject has come up.
Bud Withers of the SEATTLE TIMES wrote in 2006 of Knight:
So Knight has become sort of a mythic figure, around which swell unconfirmed legends. A Nike tattoo on his left calf. A night he showed up in drag at a company party. A headset in his skybox at Oregon, linking him to the Oregon coaches during games.
As Knight’s luxury suite at Autzen Stadium was being completed in 2003, the EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD also made mention of a Knight being availed a “headset tuned into game coverage.”
Somehow I think that game coverage entails a little more than the sideline musings of Holly Rowe.
If Knight only knew what he was missing!
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