Phil Knight has not been shy in vocalizing his desire to win a National Championship.
The university has receded into the background when there is talk of the College Football Playoff, and it’s only natural that it upsets him. Recently, Darren Rovell reported that Phil Knight would be willing to pay the upwards of a $10 million dollar salary to secure a coach capable of delivering a title.
While Knight might want a winner, Pat Kilkenny is calling the reports a “fabrication.”
Pat Kilkenny is the “No. 2” booster for Oregon, and was recently part of an interview with John Canzano on 750 The Game in Portland, Ore.
Knight was recently seen on the 49ers’ sideline as a special guest of coach Chip Kelly, when rumors began to swirl that Kelly could bolt for Oregon again. Kelly came out and strongly denied those reports, but if Phil Knight is willing to pony up that kind of dough, it might be time for Kelly to go back home.
Les Miles could be a name that Oregon will pursue. He provides as good a chance as any at winning a National Championship is the only coach who could conceivably command that kind of salary.
Currently, Nick Saban is the highest paid coach in the FBS with a salary of $9 million per season.