to replace Manieri in 2006 after he won his 1st NC, but he knew he still had a goog team (which won again in 2007. He also has been in Oregon his whole life and given how the fans put up signs to keep him, it has worked out for him. The baseball games are a big deal in Corvallis and after this year his legend will only grow.
It does show with the right coach and commitment, you can win in the North. That said Baseball is the top men's sport at OSU, by far. Football anf Basketball are trying to resurge but they are not there yet.