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Ex-Oregon coach Mike Bellotti enjoying announcing, undecided on getting back into coaching

Bellotti, now an ESPN college football anaylst, will be the analyst for the Colorado-OU telecast Saturday night for ESPN2. He said he's had both knees replaced since he left coaching.
by Mel Bracht Modified: October 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm •  Published: October 28, 2010

"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."

Short takes

Brad Sham and Eddie George will call the Colorado-OU game for the Westwood One radio network. ... The Thunder's season opener against the Bulls on Wednesday delivered a 5.8 rating on ESPN in Oklahoma City, making it the network's highest-rated NBA regular-season telecast here. The game also received a 1.3 rating on Fox Sports Oklahoma. ... Fox earned an 8.9 rating for World Series Game 1, down 25 percent from last year's first game in the Yankees-Phillies series. The game got an 8.8 on KOKH-25.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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