Mike Bellotti talks Chip Kelly, love of coaching, Mark Helfrich
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday January 17, 2013
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 17, 2013
Every season since leaving Oregon, former Ducks head coach and athletics director Mike Bellotti has received a call asking him to think about returning to the sideline.
"I think, 'I am very good where I'm at,'" Bellotti told Fox Sports Radio on Wednesday evening. "I love coaching, and I think about coaching every day. If you've ever been a coach, you think about coaching every single day. You think about the relationships. You think about what they're doing at this time of the year, but I think about what they're doing versus what I'm doing. I'm thinking maybe being on the golf course in the sunshine rather than being on a plane to New Jersey or Florida or Texas or wherever might be a better deal."
College coaching these days "is a young man's game," Bellotti said.
"It takes a lot of time," he said. "It takes time away from your family and it's not time I'm willing to give up right now."
Bellotti also addressed Chip Kelly's move to the NFL, of course. Bellotti set all this in motion by hiring Kelly away from New Hampshire prior to the 2007 season. He expects Kelly to take some, but not all, of his fast-paced offense to the NFL with him.
"We talk about the trickle-down effect from the NFL to college. Well, it's the trickle-up effect now with the NFL borrowing, stealing things from college football coaches," Bellotti said. "Chip is a very intelligent coach that will find a way to put his players in position to have success. He's a good enough football coach that he'll know what to use and what to do. It'll probably be evolved over time."
Bellotti stopped short of saying current Ducks offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will replace Kelly, but he indicated he likes Helfrich's chances.
"Certainly, from what I have heard, he's the internal candidate with the best chance," Bellotti said. "I think they have to go through a national search based on state laws I helped implement about four years ago. I think they'll actually take a look because it's become one of those destination jobs for coaches."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org