Oregon's Mike Bellotti Moving From Football Coach to Athletic Director

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Mike Bellotti is stepping down as Oregon's football coach to become the school's athletic director, and offensive coordinator Chip Kelly will be promoted to head coach.

Bellotti, who has coached the Ducks for the last 14 seasons, takes over his new position July 1, replacing athletic director Pat Kilkenny. Kelly becomes coach on March 30, the opening day of spring practice, the school announced yesterday.

The moves first were announced in December, but no timetable was set for the transition.

Bellotti will serve in the interim as senior counselor to Kilkenny, who will step down June 30.

Bellotti, 58, has gone 116-55 as coach of the Ducks. This past season Oregon went 10-3 with a 42-31 win over Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl. The Ducks finished the season ranked No. 10.

The announcement came as a surprise. Many assumed Bellotti would coach for at least one more season. As recently as the national letter-of-intent day for recruits, he said he had not made a decision but hinted it could come this month.

Bellotti informed the team of his decision Friday morning. Under Bellotti, the Ducks have gone to 12 bowl games.


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Aubert had a two-run total of 1 minute 49.23 seconds on the Gastrappet course, edging Fanny Chmelar of Germany by 0.06 of a second. Maria Riesch of Germany, who has already clinched the overall slalom title, was 0.37 behind in fifth place.

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