Report: Bellotti Quitting As Oregon Ducks Coach

KPTV in Oregon today reports that Mike Bellotti is quitting today as football coach of the Univ. of Oregon. Ducks assistant Chip Kelly will take over head coaching duties.

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(Hope the liquor cabinet is locked tonight in the Bellotti abode!)

Numerous reports out of the Pacific Northwest indicated that Bellotti today would announce he was stepping down, but not give a timetable. But KPTV reports the move will be made after this season.

UPDATE: Of course, KPTV had it wrong. Bellotti announced this afternoon that he has no timetable on the move.

You wonder if the move is such a grand idea, considering how succession plans like this one have flopped recently at West Virginia and K-State. It also comes as a bit of a surprise that Bellotti would step down as coach. Bellotti, 58, is in his 14th season as UO coach.

He certainly resurrected a moribund program, but has never been able to get the Ducks into position as a perennial national championship contender. And assistant Kelly apparently was on the verge of leaving, having planned to interview for the Syracuse job.

UPDATE: Actually, never mind, this isn’t a story, as ESPN’s Joe Schad hasn’t confirmed it yet!