Knight, Harrington to Duck Hall of Fame

Two of the most recognizable names ever associated with the University of Oregon have been honored by being selected into being part of the University of Oregon's 21st Athletics Hall of Fame class. The induction will take place on Sept. 22 at a home game against the Arizona Wildcats.

Harrington is the winningest quarterback in Oregon history and Knight is the co-founder of Nike, Inc.

Along with Knight and Harrington, were 1994 football MVP Chad Cota, men's basketball All-American Hugh Latham, softball All-American Kim Manning Strahm, and a trio of men's cross country teams (1971, 1973 and '74) that helped solidify Oregon's foundation as the nation's collegiate distance running mecca.

Cota paced a "Gang Green" defense which led Oregon to a Rose Bowl appearance against Penn State; Harrington led the Ducks to their highest season-ending national finish (2nd) in school history at the conclusion of the 2001 season; Knight not only co-founded the world's leading athletic shoe and apparel manufacturer – Nike – but whose creative ingenuity has made an impact at every level of sports today; Latham was a multi-sport athlete who became only the University's second first-team men's basketball All-American in school history in the early 1920s; and Strahm, who played as many as six different positions during a collegiate softball career that saw her earn All-America acclaim on the field and in the classroom.

To be eligible for induction into Oregon's Athletics Hall-of-Fame, former athletes, coaches and administrators associated with the University must have departed the University for a minimum of 10 years.

Knight, who has previously been inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the World Retail Hall of Fame, will be honored by the Ducks as an individual who has made "extraordinary contributions toward the success of the U of O athletics programs."

The inductees will join the previous 172 elite individuals and 21 teams who have been selected as part of the school's athletics showcase that originated in 1992.


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