Oregon's Bellotti Turns Over Coaching Reins

Saturday, March 14, 2009

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.


Aubert Wins Slalom

Sandrine Aubert of France won the final World Cup slalom of the season in Are, Sweden, while Lindsey Vonn finished 18th.

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.

Vonn finished out of the points. But the American had a stellar week, winning the downhill Wednesday and the super-G on Thursday and setting a U.S. women's record by clinching her second overall title.

Riesch topped the final slalom standings with 670 points. Zahrobska moved into second with 459 and Vonn dropped to third with 440. . . .

Benjamin Raich of Austria won the World Cup giant slalom in Are to move within two points of the overall leader, and Didier Cuche of Switzerland clinched the discipline title for the first time.

Raich had a two-run total of 2:18.95 down the Olympia course. Ted Ligety of the United States, the defending giant slalom champion, was 0.13 behind in second.

Cuche, who finished third, topped the final GS standings with 474 points. Raich was second with 462, followed by Ligety at 421. . . .

Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States and Markus Schairer of Austria won snowboard cross events in La Molina, Spain. Jacobellis defeated Sandra Frei of Austria and Dominique Maltais of Canada.

Schairer took the lead in the men's overall standings by finishing ahead of Nick Baumgartner of the United States and Francois Boivin of Canada. . . .

Trevor Marsicano won the 1,000 meters and Shani Davis was third at the world single distances speedskating championships in Richmond, B.C.


Jones, Day in Lead

Matt Jones shot a 30 on his back nine and finished with an 8-under-par 64 to match the course record, giving him a share of the 36-hole lead with fellow Australian Jason Day in the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande.

Day, a rookie on the PGA Tour last year who failed to live up to his hype and wound up losing his card, had a 68. Jones tied the course record set last year by Bo Van Pelt in the inaugural event.

They were at 10-under 134 after handling the swirling wind and occasional rain at Trump International Golf Club along the island's northeast coast.

The Puerto Rico Open, which has a $3.5 million purse, is being held opposite the World Golf Championship at Doral, which has attracted the best players from around the world.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

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