Give Phil Knight his due because he made this moment possible for Oregon

LOS ANGELES — Phil Knight doesn’t know this but at a University of Oregon athletic department function a few years ago he showed up and caused a stir.

He’d brought his wife, Penny, along. And organizers, who had already passed out gift baskets filled with bottles of wine to athletic department donors, hadn’t expected her. So what ensued was a scramble among the university handlers who huddled and decided to pry a basket filled with bottles of wine from another small-level donor.