"sly" you mis spelled , "sleezy" is correct.
Vin is a great politician , maybe the best in the sport. He could do the job without question , question is as many have stated , would the board give him the reins or would he be a puppet of the board ?
I am not arguing that Johnson and Powell are not excellent coaches and administrators, but this is the most plum job out there, and Uncle Phil will want to ensure a BIG NAME.
Powell and Robert Johnson are essentially the men's and women's directors already. Powell runs all daily operations of the men's program and johnson runs all daily operations of the women's program. the two of them hired the other coaches and manage all of the money. they have 5 NCAA team titles and probably 10 team trophies between the two of them, who the hell do you think would be a better choice to run the program at oregon?
Uhh speaking of backdoor and shady. The first paragraph you talk about Vin doing an old buddy a favor and hiring his star athlete and then right afterwards mention the "backdoor and shady" tactics. Anyone else see the irony here?
Vin's time at Oberlin actually was pretty valuable. The school's athletic program is in a better way, and he hired Appenheimer (who's done a good job and is still there).
Everyone complained about the "backdoor" and "shady" tactics of the USATF, bringing the Trials to OU for two straight meets, but everyone I know who actually went to the damn meet had an awesome time and said it was a great event.