September 5, 2009 |
Star running back LeGarrette Blount won't play for Oregon again this year. The school suspended him yesterday for the remainder of season after he slugged Boise State defensive end Byron Hout. Blount threw the punch Thursday night following the 16th-ranked Ducks' 19-8 loss to No. 14 Boise State. As Boise State began celebrating on its famous blue turf, Hout yelled in Blount's face and tapped him on the shoulder pad. Before Broncos head coach Chris Petersen could pull Hout away, Blount landed a right to Hout's jaw, knocking him to his knees.
February 17, 1998 |
University of Oregon quarterback Akili Smith was suspended yesterday by coach Mike Bellotti after the player was cited for drunken driving. Smith and running back Saladin McCullough also are under investigation for allegations they beat up a bouncer at a Springfield, Ore., bar about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 1. No charges have been filed in the bar incident, but police have questioned both Smith and McCullough. The Springfield city attorney's office is expected to decide this week whether to file formal charges against the players.
January 16, 2001 |
Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti visited Ohio State University yesterday with Andy Geiger, the athletics director who is trying to find a new coach, according to broadcast and newspaper reports. The Columbus Dispatch's Web site, WBNS-AM and WBNS-TV all said Bellotti and his wife toured the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility with Geiger. Bellotti is one of several people who have been mentioned as candidates for the Ohio State coaching job vacated when John Cooper was fired Jan. 2, the day after the Buckeyes' 24-7 loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
February 13, 2008 |
It's uncertain whether Terrelle Pryor, the nation's No. 1 football recruit, will visit Penn State this weekend, according to Jeannette High football coach Ray Reitz. What is certain is that Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti and Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley keep calling. "Nothing really has changed," Reitz said yesterday. "The calls have died down a little, though we still get calls from reporters and recruiting Web sites. I spoke to coach Bellotti today and they're trying to work something out and get him to come and make a visit.
March 14, 2009 |
The St. Louis Rams released wide receiver Torry Holt yesterday, parting ways with one of the last holdovers from their "Greatest Show on Turf" glory days. The move came three days after the Rams released offensive tackle Orlando Pace, another mainstay from the era when the Rams won their only Super Bowl and lost another on the game's final play. Both Holt and Pace are seven-time Pro Bowl selections. Holt is 32 and Pace is 33, and the moves created $14 million in salary cap space.
November 17, 2007 |
Dennis Dixon will have surgery on the left knee that buckled early in second-ranked Oregon's upset loss to Arizona, spoiling his chance to win the Heisman Trophy. The quarterback tore his anterior cruciate ligament during Oregon's Nov. 3 victory over Arizona State, according to coach Mike Bellotti, but he had rested it and felt ready to play Thursday night against the Wildcats. Now Dixon will miss the rest of this season. The versatile Dixon was one of the front-runners for the Heisman after he put the Ducks in line for the national title.
March 31, 2010 |
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is looking into a $2.3 million severance package for departing University of Oregon athletic director Mike Bellotti. Bellotti, who was the Ducks' football coach for 14 seasons, abruptly announced on March 19 that he was stepping down as Oregon's AD after less than a year on the job. He has taken a job as a college football analyst for ESPN. Kroger spokesman Tony Green told the Associated Press that the Oregon Department of Justice is "conducting a review of the contract.
January 18, 2013 |
SO WHAT did Villanova coach Andy Talley think when his Wildcats had to go up against Chip Kelly's up-tempo, spread attack at New Hampshire? "You pretty much took the attitude that we have to outscore these guys, because you can't stop them," Talley recalled. "That's what it ended up being, shootouts. "I think that's the attitude everybody takes when you play them. " Under longtime coach Bill Bowes, New Hampshire used an I-formation, run-based offense. When Sean McDonnell succeeded him in 1999, he elevated Kelly from the offensive-line assistant to coordinator.
January 2, 1996 |
Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel made no friends in Oregon after calling for a fake punt in the fourth quarter of the Cotton Bowl yesterday, with the Buffaloes well on their way to a 38-6 victory. It led to a meaningless touchdown and left the wet Ducks steaming. "Coach Neuheisel should learn the words to that Aretha Franklin song 'Respect,' " Oregon tight end Josh Wilcox said. "I guess Coach Neuheisel already has started his campaign for coach of the year in 1996. That's one thing Mike Bellotti would never do. " Neuheisel said he called the fake punt with 4 1/2 minutes to play because Oregon was in a formation to try to block it, but Bellotti, the Oregon coach, said the Ducks were in their normal return formation.
January 17, 2013
Chip Kelly is used to dealing with a hands-on owner. If anything, Kelly may find Jeffrey Lurie hands-off. There is no doubt that University of Oregon football had an owner. Phil Knight isn't just the CEO of Nike. He may as well have that title for Oregon athletics. He reportedly has spent at least $300 million on sports at the school. Michael Rosenberg reported in a 2011 Sports Illustrated story how Knight can put on a headset in his luxury suite during Oregon home football games and listen live as the Ducks coaches call plays.