This plaque sits near the statue of John McKay (in his inaccurate Nike shoes) at the McKay Center. But it explains that Nike owner Phil Knight made a donation and that McKay was on Nike’s first board of directors. So McKay’s wearing Nikes because of a donation? We already knew that. You might argue that it is appropriate he wear Nikes because he was on their board.
But when did he ever wear Nikes as USC’s football coach? He has a building named after him because he was a great football coach. Not because he was on the board of Nike. Maybe this says more about what USC values most these days. Please click on photo if you want to read the plaque.