When Mike Bellotti resigned as Oregon football coach in July 2009 and turned the reins over to offensive coordinator Chip Kelly, he said he needed to take a two-year break from coaching.
Those two years will be up after this season. But Bellotti, now an ESPN college football analyst, said he is undecided about getting back into coaching.
"I really honest to God don't know," said Bellotti, who will be an analyst on the Colorado-OU telecast Saturday night for ESPN2. "I'm happy doing what I'm doing. If the right job would come along ... but I'm not sure that there is a right job. I have had a chance to go to a lot of great places over the years and chose to stay in Eugene."
Bellotti, 59, who compiled an impressive 116-55 record in 13 years as Ducks coach, said his health has improved since he left coaching.
"I have had both of my knees replaced, so I've eliminated some of the problems that plagued me the last couple of years coaching, that made it not very much fun to be standing at practice for three hours," Bellotti said.
Bellotti is part of an ESPN broadcast team with play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn and analyst Brock Huard, a former Washington quarterback, that generally covers West Coast games. However, he has found himself all over the country — calling games at Kansas State, Minnesota, North Carolina and now OU — besides traveling every other week to Charlotte, N.C., to be part of ESPNU's "The Experts" studio show.
"The travel is sort of kicking my tail a little bit, but I am getting used to it," he said.
Bellotti said the stress level is much lower in the broadcast booth, but he misses the thrill of competition.
"It's a comfortable deal," Bellotti said. "The one thing about this is you rarely ever lose. You can make some mistakes, but when a kid gets hurt or somebody is suspended, I don't feel like I am going to stay up all night worrying about this. But the other thing, you never win. You never say, 'Yeah, we got that one. What a great job.'"
Looking to Saturday night's game, Bellotti is expecting the Sooners to cut down on mistakes and rebound from their 36-27 loss to Missouri.
"I think Oklahoma has the talent to beat anybody they play if they don't beat themselves," he said. "They have a young team and they tend to rebound pretty fast and they tend to frustrate you at times."
As for his old team, top-ranked Oregon plays at USC at 7 p.m. Saturday on ABC. Bellotti is not surprised by the Ducks' success.
"I think they have a wealth of talent," he said. "They've got some depth. They have a system that is somewhat unique and allows them to wear people down."
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