The Oregon Ducks will be in the market for a new head coach at the end of the season. Mark Helfrich needed to have a great season in order to save his job and that hasn’t happened. The Oregon Ducks lost another game this week and are now 3-6 and would need to win their remaining games if they wanted to finish the season at .500. That seems unlikely given what we have seen from them to this point in the season.
With that in mind, Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike and noted Oregon Ducks booster is willing to shell out big time dollars to secure a winner.
Knight, whose generous contributions have made Oregon a nationally recognized team, wants the Ducks to compete for a national title. Right now, there is a gulf between themselves and the other top programs in the country.
Oregon played for the National Championship as recently as 2015 and won nine games last season, but it seems that isn’t enough to satiate the insatiable Phil Knight.
Last week, Knight was the guest of honor on Chip Kelly’s 49ers sideline. You have to imagine he brought the idea up to Kelly at some point, who led Oregon during its most successful years. Kelly has stated that he isn’t interested in returing to Oregon, though.
But $10 million dollars has a way of making people interested in things they weren’t interested in before.
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