Thanks to BruinCore and ryebreadraz for staying on top of the latest turn in the crazy rumor mill. Remember, UCLA is a crappy job, and there's no way a coach like Bellotti would be interested. We should just settle for Walker and be done with it. -T
This just came out moments ago. By the time I post this someone else might already have. Brian Dohn reports that UCLA admins have interviewed Mike Bellotti up in Oregon for the HC job. Now I would definitely support Bellotti for head coach. He could bring in the NW recruits + the Nike contacts + UCLA and LA = great idea DG:UCLA's coaching search has taken them to the Northtwest, where several UCLA administrators met with Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, sources said.
Bellotti is 105-50 since taking over at Oregon in 1995, and is considered one of the top offensive coaches in the West. Bellotti balked earlier in UCLA's interviewing process when intermediaries juggled.
He had the Ducks in position for a shot at the national championship this season until quarterback Dennis Dixon tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. The Ducks, who play South Florida in the Sun Bowl later this month, lost their last three games after Dixon was hurt.
Oregon finished 8-4, including a 16-0 loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 24.
Since winning the Fiesta Bowl in 2001, the Ducks have lost four straight bowl games.
Bellotti, who turned 57 on Friday, was also the head coach at Chico State for five seasons and is 126-77-2 all-time. He makes $1,055,000 annually, and has a $350,000 buyout.The question is why would Bellotti leave Oregon for Los Angeles? My first thought ... Is this real? Does he really want to coach at UCLA?
Bellotti, 56, played WR at UC Davis before turning to coaching. He was the offensive coordinator at Cal-State Hayward and Weber State before getting his first head coaching job at Chico State in 1984. He was there for 5 seasons the went to Oregon where he became the offensive coordinator, a post he held until he was named head coach in 1995. He has one outright Pac 10 title to his credit (2001) when his team should have gone to the national title game and one co-conference championship (2000). Bellotti is the only coach in Oregon history to have 3 10 win seasons (200, 2001, 2005) and he was on pace to add a fourth 10 win season and likely #1 ranking had Dennis Dixon not been injured.
Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time UCLA made a push at Bellotti.Bellotti balked earlier in UCLA's interviewing process when intermediaries juggled.
I think Bellotti has to be considered a first tier candidate...your thoughts?
UPDATE - N: I refuse to get my hopes up. But from the Oregonian:
Also, while it's still coming from (ugh) unnamed "sources", we may at least be trying to get into a bidding war:Bellotti makes $1,055,000 per season and there is a $350,000 buyout in his contract. UCLA officials are in position to offer a new coach between $1-million and $2-million annually, a source familiar with the university said. Dorrell made $850,000 plus incentives. Brace yourselves, folks -- it's either going to be a painfully hard fall, or an unbelievably high leap.
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