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Title game followed twisted season

Originally Published: January 10, 2011
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phil Knight and his cronies watched the Oregon news conference Monday night from the back row of the interview room. When you're the founder of Nike and you've built a college football power on piles of your cash, you go where you want to go, credentialed or not.

When the news conference was over, Knight stood up, looked at a friend and held his thumb and forefinger about an inch apart. He wasn't smiling.

Knight got it right. It was a proverbial game of ...

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