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Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

Posted on: March 19, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2010 4:27 pm

Just what the world needs, another talking head.

Just what Mike Bellotti needs, time to sort out his career.

It's certain that ESPN isn't hiring Bellotti to spin stories about his 8 1/2 months on the job as Oregon's athletic director. When the Ducks' coaching legend abruptly resigned Friday to take an analyst's job with ESPN, he descended into a sort of purgatory.

He hates being an AD, but there aren't any coaching jobs available, at least for 2010. He probably isn't sure he even wants a coaching job. But the possibility is out there and will remain out there.  Meanwhile, he gets to keep Lou Holtz and Lee Corso in line.

And he thought the Jeremiah Masoli situation was a nightmare?

It's been done before and it's been done often. Former coach goes to the TV to talk some ball while simultaneously marketing himself to some interested AD. That's not to say Bellotti will ever coach again but does anyone doubt that he misses it? The man himself still talks fondly about missing Friday nights and Saturday game days with the team. What he didn't particularly care for was the recruiting. But do any of them? It's a drug, like sports writing, that gets in your DNA and doesn't let go.

It impacts your family, it impacts your health. Coaches and hacks share the same job view: No matter detrimental it is, you keep realizing you can't live without it.

There was something that seemed too soon about Bellotti stepping down as coach last year when Chip Kelly took over. The vibe I got was that he had more to give.  Then and now. The AD thing sure didn't satisfy his career goals. His brief tenure has been, well, a mess .  Bellotti had to deal with the football program's off-field problems as well as fire coach Ernie Kent.

He was probably thinking, "Who needs the aggravation?"

As a coach, he was a mini-Paterno or Bowden, a guy whose touch had made the school a national brand. All Bellotti had to do was blow a whistle, recruit and take Phil Knight's calls. Oregon football was on cruise football. It seems to me Bellotti is jonesing for that good life again, at least a different life.

 Maybe he will re-invent himself as a TV guy.  ESPN certainly could use some youth in its college football coverage. Lee and Lou not only are flat-out old, their shtick has worn thin.

Maybe in Bellotti's mind he checked out too soon. This move keeps him close to the game while figuring out what to do with the rest of his life.

As I said, none of this means Bellotti will actually get back into coaching. There aren't any jobs available. In a year there might not be any jobs that fit him.  Example: You're not going to see Bellotti taking the Utah State job. 

It does give him time to think, to plan, to re-emerge. I do know that a lot of schools would hire him in a heartbeat. When he was coaching, his name would come up all the time, most famously at USC before it hired Pete Carroll and Ohio State before it hired Jim Tressel.

No matter what happened Friday, we still don't know for sure if Mike Bellotti is resigning from college athletics. We do know he's transitioning. To what, we're not quite sure but it's clear he still prefers calling plays more than shuffling paper.



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Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2010 7:08 pm

Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

Unobservant see OSU in the rankings bud, i know it kills ya lil brother. Gonna be alot of crying in eugene this football season. "I smell roses" not since 1916 boys.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2010 6:42 am

Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

Mauxdeverite,your post is right on.  Dodd is sticking up for a coach he likes personally.  Bellotti is leaving Chip Kelly and the new AD to clean up the mess he recruited, whether or not he's leaving of his own vollition.  And to call him a "mini Paterno or Bowden" is ridiculous.  Dodd is old enough that he should know it was Rich Brooks who spent 17 years slowly building a program from the dregs to the Rose Bowl in 1994 before he took his shot at the pros with the Rams.  Bellotti took over a team that went to the Rose Bowl.  The Ducks were shafted out of playing for the BCS NC is 2001, when Nebraska got in despite getting hammered by Colorado in the season finale.  Other than that, exactly what did Bellotti do?  Yes UO's teams were good and so was his winning percentage, but the Ducks only went to the Rose Bowl the year before and the year after his tenure.  Now his questionable recruiting is coming home to roost and ol' Mike won't be around to suffer the consequences.  Congratulations!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2010 3:38 am

Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

"This column only serves to make Dodd look clueless".

Please refrain from stating the obvious on your posts.

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2010 1:53 pm

Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

I get really tired of hearing about how Blount's career was supposed to end with that punch. You probably would blame a forest fire started by arson on the trees too. If that ISU player had NOT searched out Blount, pounded is shoulder pads for attention, and rubbed in the ISU victory, there WOULD NOT have been ANY incident. ALL the Ducks would have simply tucked their collective tails and gone back home. END OF STORY. How much punishment did the instigator ( arsonist ) get? Not even a slap on the wrist. He was treated by the nation as some kind of hero. I'm a Beaver fan first, but support all the pac-ten teams as they don't get the respect that they deserve. Blount was very instrumental in the 4th qtr of the Civil War game thatI wanted my Beavers to win, and I think the Beavers would've matched up better against the Buckeyes, but I'm still glad Blount was allowed to finish out his college football career giving him a chance for the pros.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2010 1:31 pm
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Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2010 11:35 am

Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

So Mike misses coaching....hmmmmmmmmmmmm, let me see now.... hmmm, Exactly how much coaching is he going to do at ESPN?
Leadership is a top down system and after the Blount incident Mike needed to resign. Suspend a player for the year and he plays again exactly how does that happen?  I know, I know, clean up your act, behavior changes, academic standards. Why were these standards not in place at the start of the season?  Oregon gets no more of my money. Thanks a lot Mike.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 10:07 am

Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

This may be wishful thinking, but I'm guessing the Washington State job will be open after 2010.
Would Beloitti consider being head coach there?
It would be another PAC-10 job, albeit the least glamourous one (and the least paid).
But, it would be the most challenging.
Is Belotti the type of coach that welcomes a challenge or one that just wants a pay check from
a program already cemented in tradition and backing?
Go Cougs!

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2010 10:58 pm

Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

Oh come on! Do you even have a clue? Did you listen to one game when Bellotti was calling the action?

You're pretending to know, when in reality you don't. Bellotti misses coaching, but can't leave Oregon for another job. This gives him the opportunity to take over a good program in the next few years. Don't be surprised if he takes Cal or Stanford if Tedford gets canned or Harbaugh goes elsewhere. Bellotti is from the bay area and would like to go back.

Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 8:56 pm

Bellotti misses coaching, hates being an AD

I knew you would understand, Dodd.  It's understandable that the man would want to follow his "dream" of working at ESPN.  We should all follow our dreams.  On a related note, we are all waiting on you, Dodd, to follow your dream of living in an ice cave in antarctica with no internet connection following migratory patterns of penguin species.

Oh wait, it's the readers' dream that you do that job.  Sorry, I was a little mixed up there.

Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2010 8:40 pm

If sportswriting is a drug

If sportswriting and coaching are drugs, then the coaches are coke-heads and, based on your writing, you are a heroin addict.....your brain turned to mush, your writing an incoherent stream of gibberish nearly impossible to make sense of.  And the reader, the poor reader, is left to pick up the pieces like the family of a junkie.  We're ashamed but since we've been around you for so long, we will pick you up and feed you, enabling the pathetic addled charade to continue.

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