Bellotti elected to Hall of Fame

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm •  Published: May 22, 2014
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IRVING, Texas (AP) — Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bellotti's election was announced Thursday by the National Football Foundation. He will be formally inducted along with the other members of this year's Hall of Fame Class on Dec. 9 in New York.

Bellotti coached at Oregon for 14 seasons and was the school's all-time winningest coach. He stepped down in 2008 and briefly served as Oregon's athletic director before taking a job in broadcasting.

"I miss coaching a ton on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning," Bellotti said during a teleconference with reporters on Thursday. "I don't miss it Monday through Thursday. I miss being around the coaches and the players. That camaraderie, that family, that foxhole mentality — you can't mimic it on the outside."

He is the Ducks' eighth overall member of the Hall of Fame and first since Ahmad Rashad in 2007. He's the third coach, joining Hugo Bezdek and Len Casanova.

"Congratulations to Coach Bellotti on being recognized with the most prestigious honor in college football," Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. "Mike played an important role in Oregon football history and we are extremely pleased he is being acknowledged for his accomplishments."