Bellotti Staying At Oregon After Being Contacted By UCLA

Bellotti is in his 13th season as Oregon's coach with a record of 105-52

Dec. 21, 2007

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti, approached by UCLA in its search for a head coach, said Friday he's staying put.

"You're always flattered when others want to talk to you, but that's because of the success we've enjoyed based on our players, our support staff and our administration," Bellotti said in a statement posted on the university Web site. "I have been, and continue to be, 100 percent committed to the University of Oregon and our pursuit of a national championship."

Bellotti, who turned 57 on Friday, is in his 13th season as Oregon's coach with a record of 105-52. He spoke to UCLA officials on Thursday, the university said.

The Ducks are 8-4 this season, but lost their final three regular-season games after losing quarterback Dennis Dixon to a knee injury. Oregon will play South Florida in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve in El Paso, Texas.

UCLA is seeking a successor to Karl Dorrell, who was released from his contract Dec. 3 after compiling a 35-27 record in five seasons.

Bruins officials have talked to a number of prospects.

On Thursday, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who once held the same position at USC, pulled his name from consideration.

School officals also interviewed Temple coach Al Golden on Wednesday, a day after meeting with former Washington coach and current Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel, who played quarterback for the Bruins.

UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker is serving as interim head coach for the Bruins' Las Vegas Bowl appearance on Saturday against Brigham Young.