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

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.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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