Getting over that hump and winning the PAC-10 title was a monumental achievement for UO. It just seems that it might have been just too much for the program to handle. Misdemeanors, felonies, game suspensions, verbal recruits decommitting... and now Bellotti heads to the Ponderosa. In the spirit of competition, I feel for our CGB North brethren, but when will it end? Details after the Jump.
Bellotti will now become an analyst for ESPN, after just one season shadowing Chip Kelly from his lofty AD position.
Former Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti has resigned as the Ducks' athletic director and will join ESPN as a college football analyst.
Bellotti, who assumed the position of athletic director in July, will provide studio and game analysis among several ESPN platforms, making his debut April 17 on ESPNU's telecast of Auburn's spring football game.
"I am really excited to join the best team in college football broadcasting," Bellotti said in a statement Friday. "Working as an analyst for ESPN is a dream come true and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I will bring the insight, experience and expertise I have gathered from 36 years of coaching college football to the studio and telecast booth. Spring ball is in full swing, I can't wait to start."
In 14 seasons, Bellotti's Ducks went 116-55 as he became the school's winningest football coach. In 2001, Oregon won 11 games, including a 38-16 victory over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl to finish ranked No. 2.
"Coach Bellotti ranks as one of the most successful head coaches in the perennial power Pac-10 Conference," Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production, said in a statement. "His knowledge and experience will deepen our roster of analysts and provide us with a unique perspective of someone who recently coached in the game."
My question about the whole situation is, where exactly does Kelly go from here? The pressure that was apparent to anyone watching Bellotti lurk the UO sidelines this past season should just vanish, so does this mean that Kelly`s system will flourish or flounder without the AD figurehead?
Seems to me, that this is the exact opportunity that he needs to take hold of the reins and galvanize the Quacks into the team that smashed Cal and USC. If he doesn`t and tries to play "everyone`s friend" who refunds expenses to everyone who emails him displeased with the Ducks` performance, in my opinion, 2010 will be filled with Boise States and Ohio States for them.
Ducks may float, but Kelly will either sink or swim this season