Bellotti to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
EUGENE, Ore. - Mike Bellotti took over as offensive coordinator under Coach Rich Brooks at the University of Oregon in 1989.
From 1995 to 2008, he served as head coach.
Bellotti is the winningest coach in Ducks history, with more overall and conference wins than any other PAC-10 head coach during his 14-year tenure.
Tuesday night at 57th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, Bellotti will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
"It's a tremendous honor to be here, extremely pleasing. Maybe more importantly it's humbling," Bellotti said of the honor.
"I think as a coach you recognize you're there because of all the people involved. Every single player that ever played for you, every single coach that you worked with that stole an idea from, gained knowledge from, every administrator or booster that said, Yes, I believe in this young man, I'm going to entrust our program to him, those are the things that humble me.
"There are many games and many players that I owe such a debt of gratitude to, but maybe more importantly to my family. As you coach, I coached for almost four decades, the game changed. The responsibilities and time commitment changed. I owe a debt of gratitude to my family who allowed me to coach, allowed me to be gone.
"My kids grew up with me spending more time with my quarterbacks and players sometimes than I did with them.
"They're all here. My family is here."
Bellotti also talked about the Rose Bowl, where the Oregon Ducks and Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota will face defending national champion Florida State and 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston.
"I think it's a very good matchup for Oregon," Bellotti said. "Both teams with exceptional quarterbacks. Mariota has been a little bit more consistent. Jameis might still be the best quarterback in the fourth quarter to have if you're behind. Unfortunately for Oregon, Florida State has probably discovered a running game and playing a little bit better defense, with the exception of this last game, against the option.
"But Oregon's offense is practically unstoppable. There's some other issues about defense they'll have to overcome for this game, but I think it's a great matchup and one I'm going to be excited to see."
Other members of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class include Dre Bly (North Carolina), Tony Boselli (Southern California), Dave Butz (Purdue), Shane Conlan (Penn State), Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech), John Huard (Maine), Darrin Nelson (Stanford), Willie Roaf (Louisiana Tech), John Sciarra (UCLA), Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina.), Leonard Smith (McNeese State), the late Derrick Thomas (Alabama), LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU), Wesley Walls (Ole Miss) and coach Jerry Moore (North Texas, Texas Tech, Appalachian State).