While we've been busy watching the NCAA tournament, and Tiger's apology, another series of events have unravelled throughout the fabulous world of college sports. The latest from the beautiful state of Oregon. Guess it keeps with our "Green" theme from St. Patricks Day. Gotta love themes.
They say when the going gets tough, the tough gets going... and in the case of Mike Bellotti, the tough goes straight to Disney owned television. No, he's not going to be on the next season of Dancing With the Stars
. However, Oregon Ducks Athletic Director, and former University of Oregon head football coach, Mike Bellotti has given the ducky school his pretty pink slip, and signed his name over to the top sports network in the world, ESPN.
Bellotti , will assume desk position on April 17th, is the new star analyst for the sports network, covering all of college football.
Mike Bellotti was with the Oregon Ducks for 14 seasons, and went 116-55 games won overall. He currently holds the record in school history for the most wins by a head coach, and oversaw the Ducks as athletic director on their road to the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Bellotti , who will continue to keep residence near the University, has been a staple in Eugene for well over a decade. That's why, it comes as quite a shock for University students, alumni, and fans that he chosen to step down after less then a year into his promoted position.
It's no secret that University of Oregon had it's share of legal situations over the past year, including the infamous Legarrette Blount punch heard 'round the world. In fact, just recently, Bellotti suspended Ducky Quarterback Jeremiah Masaui for 2010 season after he plead guilty to a second degree burglary charge. Masaui broke into a fraternity, stole a laptop, and basically threw his NFL career away. Super smart move. It was Bellotti at the top of the food chain throughout this long chain of controversial events.
Bellotti isn't going to give up his title just yet, he's making quite the statement upon his departure. First order of business before sitting in the ESPN make up chair, firing Oregon Men's Head Basketball coach Earnie Kent after a lack luster season, and poor ticket sales. Talk about going out with a bang!
We look forward to watching Bellotti join the gorgeous one, Kirk Herbstreit, at the desk, but we can't help but wonder if the events that have happened via the past nine months he's spent as an AD has anything to his departure? His commentary will be all telling.