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The Phil Knight Effect: Part 4

March 3, 2011

By Dan Corcoran

EUGENE, Ore. — The top donor to the University of Oregon Athletic Department doesn’t often enjoy being in the spotlight.

Phil Knight is a very private figure, and for a long time he and his donations seemed to be an off-limits subject at the school.  But there has been a shift in recent years.

From the president to the athletic director to most students, people on campus talk much more openly about just how close the Nike co-founder gets to decision-making at Oregon.

We did request an interview with Mr. Knight and Nike.  That request was declined.

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