Mike Bellotti

Mike Bellotti
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1950-12-21) December 21, 1950
Sacramento, California
Playing career
1970–1972 UC Davis
Position(s) Tight end, wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1976 UC Davis (assistant)
1977–1978 Cal State Hayward (OC)
1979 Weber State (OC)
1980–1983 Cal State Hayward (OC)
1984–1988 Chico State
1989–1994 Oregon (OC)
1995–2008 Oregon
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2009–2010 Oregon
Head coaching record
Overall 137–80–2
Bowls 6–6
Accomplishments and honors
2 Pac-10 (2000–2001)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2014 (profile)

Robert Michael Bellotti (born December 21, 1950) is an American college football analyst for ESPN and ABC.[1] He was with the University of Oregon's football program for over 20 years serving as offensive coordinator for six years, head coach for 14 years, and athletic director for one year. Bellotti is the winningest coach in Oregon football history and is credited with building the program into a major football power.[2] He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.[3]

Early life

Bellotti attended Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, California, where he played football, basketball and baseball and graduated in 1969.[4] After high school, he went to the University of California, Davis and played football at the positions of tight end and wide receiver. He started at tight end as a sophomore and junior, then earned second-team all-Far Western Conference honors at wide receiver as senior.[4] Bellotti graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Physical Education in 1973. He completed the teaching credential program at UC Davis in 1974. In 1982, Bellotti earned his Master of Science degree in Physical Education at California State University, East Bay (then known as Cal State-Hayward).[5] He is an alumnus of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

Coaching career

UC Davis

In 1973, Bellotti started his career in football coaching at his alma mater as an assistant coach under College Football Hall of Fame coach Jim Sochor.[6] The next season, he worked as the JV teams offensive coordinator, and during the 1975 and 1976 seasons he was the JV teams head coach. Also at that time, he served as the receivers coach for the varsity team and as a coach for UC Davis' JV baseball team.

Cal State Hayward

Bellotti was hired at California State University, Hayward (Cal State Hayward or CSU-Hayward; now California State University, East Bay) in 1977 and worked as the offensive coordinator for two seasons. He returned to the school as offensive coordinator in 1980, and remained until 1983. In 1982, he earned a master's degree from the school in physical education.

Weber State

In 1979, Bellotti served as offensive coordinator at Weber State University, returning to CSU-Hayward after just one season.

Chico State

California State University, Chico (Chico State) hired Bellotti to serve as their head football coach in 1984. He remained head coach until 1988 and compiled a record of 21–25–2. His record in the Northern California Athletic Conference was 15–9–2.[7]


University of Oregon head coach Rich Brooks hired Bellotti as offensive coordinator in 1989. Bellotti remained in that position through the 1994 season, when Brooks left to coach in the National Football League, and Bellotti was promoted to head coach starting with the 1995 season.

Bellotti's record at Oregon stands at 116–55. In 2006, he passed his former boss, Rich Brooks, as the winningest football coach in Oregon's history. He led the Ducks to their first four ten-win seasons in school history (2000, 2001, 2005, 2008). He led the Ducks to 12 bowl games, three more than they had attended in their entire history before his arrival. His best season was 2001, when he led the Ducks to an 11–1 record and a victory in the Fiesta Bowl. They finished second in both major polls, the highest final ranking in school history. The 11 wins would remain a school record until the 2010 team's 12-win season.

Bellotti also led Oregon to a regular season #2 ranking in the 2007 season, albeit very briefly. After achieving that ranking, the Ducks lost Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Dennis Dixon to a season-ending knee injury, and Oregon proceeded to lose three straight games to Arizona, UCLA and archrival Oregon State to close out the regular season.[4] Earlier that season, Bellotti led Oregon to a resounding 39–7 victory over Michigan at "The Big House", earning the Ducks and Dixon much national attention. Oregon also defeated #9 USC and #6 Arizona State in back-to-back games at Autzen Stadium earlier that season. The Ducks recovered from their three-game losing streak following the Dixon injury by defeating South Florida in the Sun Bowl in dominating fashion (56–21), thus reversing a trend of four straight bowl losses. In 2008, the Ducks recovered strongly from a mid-season lull to win their last four games against solid competition, including a Holiday Bowl win over No. 13 ranked Oklahoma State.[8] Although he only won two Pac-10 Conference titles due to the latter half of his tenure being occupied by USC's dominance of the league, he is credited with building Oregon into a major football power.

Oregon athletic director

On December 2, 2008, shortly after defeating the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War to prevent them from clinching a Rose Bowl berth, the university announced that Bellotti would pass the head coaching position on to Offensive Coordinator Chip Kelly at some undetermined point in the future and take over as the university's athletic director at that time.[9][10][11]

During his tenure as athletic director, Bellotti dealt with a number of disciplinary issues involving members of the football program, including LeGarrette Blount, LaMichael James, and Jeremiah Masoli, and fired long-time basketball coach Ernie Kent, whose teams had performed poorly in recent seasons.[12] After just nine months on the job, Bellotti announced his resignation March 19, 2010 to join ESPN as a college football analyst. Bellotti had agreed to terms with UO officials, but there was no written contract. The resignation agreement, including the payout terms, was placed on paper and signed by Bellotti on March 16, with university president Richard Lariviere signing it on March 19. Because of the lack of an initial written contract, the Oregon Justice Department reviewed the $2.3 million severance payment from the University of Oregon to the former athletic director.[13] In addition to the buyout[14] Bellotti draws a $559,000 yearly pension from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. [15]

In 2009, Bellotti was named third vice president of the American Football Coaches Association. According to AFCA tradition, he would move up to second vice president in 2010, first vice president in 2011 and president in 2012.[16]

ESPN analyst

In March 2010, Bellotti announced that he was resigning as athletic director to become a college football television analyst on ESPN, with his first appearance on ESPN to occur in April.[17]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Chico State Wildcats (Northern California Athletic Conference) (1984–1988)
1984 Chico State 4–5–12–3–14th
1985 Chico State 4–4–13–1–12nd
1986 Chico State 7–34–12nd
1987 Chico State 3–63–22nd
1988 Chico State 3–73–2T–2nd
Chico State: 21–25–215–9–2
Oregon Ducks (Pacific-10 Conference) (1995–2008)
1995 Oregon 9–36–23rdL Cotton1818
1996 Oregon 6–53–5T–5th
1997 Oregon 7–53–5T–7thW Las Vegas
1998 Oregon 8–45–3T–3rdL Aloha
1999 Oregon 9–36–2T–2ndW Sun1819
2000 Oregon 10–27–1T–1stW Holiday97
2001 Oregon 11–17–11stW Fiesta22
2002 Oregon 7–63–58thL Seattle
2003 Oregon 8–55–3T–3rdL Sun
2004 Oregon 5–64–4T–5th
2005 Oregon 10–27–12ndL Holiday1212
2006 Oregon 7–64–5T–5thL Las Vegas
2007 Oregon 9–45–4T–4thW Sun2324
2008 Oregon 10–37–2T–2ndW Holiday910
Oregon: 116–5572–43
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Mike Bellotti who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


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  12. "Oregon AD Bellotti steps down". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. March 19, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010.
  13. Group, Sinclair Broadcast. "Oregon hires Rob Mullens as AD". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  14. "Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti drawing $559,000 a year pension from state". CollegeFootballTalk. 2018-04-15. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  15. SJSU's Tomey is named president of American Football Coaches Association - Associated Press - January 13, 2009
  16. "Mike Bellotti Joins ESPN for College Football Studio & Game Analysis". ESPN.com. March 19, 2010. Archived from the original on June 1, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010.
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