PULLMAN - Former Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti said Monday he has not spoken with Washington State athletic director Bill Moos about coaching the Cougars if Paul Wulff is replaced, but Bellotti stopped short of saying he would not be interested in the job.
“I haven’t done that much studying on that job,” Bellotti said in a telephone interview.
“Bill and I are very close friends. If we talk about it at some point, that’s one thing, but we haven’t had any discussions.”
Asked if he would be interested in the WSU job if Moos contacted him, Bellotti said, “Well, I don’t know. That hasn’t happened, so I wouldn’t even conjecture if that would go.”
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Moos was Oregon’s athletic director during most of Bellotti’s successful 14-year run as coach of the Ducks. Bellotti compiled a 116-55 record at Oregon from 1995-2008. The Ducks won two Pacific-10 Conference titles and played in 12 bowl games under Bellotti.
Moos, in his first year as AD at Washington State, has steadfastly maintained that he won’t make an announcement on Wulff’s future until the end of the season. The Cougars (2-9 overall, 1-7 Pac-10) finish the season Saturday against visiting Washington (5-6, 4-4).
Wulff has two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed when he moved to WSU from Eastern Washington after the 2007 season. Wulff is 5-31 as coach at his alma mater. The Cougars will finish last in the Pac-10 for the second straight year.
Bellotti, who turns 60 on Dec. 21, has worked as an ESPN college football analyst since resigning as Oregon’s AD in March. He recently expressed interest in the coaching vacancy at Colorado, but later withdrew his name from consideration.
Bellotti said he has not been contacted about the job at Miami, which fired Randy Shannon on Saturday.
Bellotti was noncommittal when asked if he would be interested in Miami.
If he returns to coaching, Bellotti said, “It would have to be a pretty perfect job just because of my family situation (his youngest son is a high school junior in Eugene), my ESPN situation.
“I am not looking for a job. If the right one came along, I’d certainly talk with people.”
The University of Alabama has fired an employee who played songs aimed at Auburn quarterback Cam Newton before the Iron Bowl. A spokeswoman said the part-time staffer was fired for playing the unauthorized songs “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man” while the Tigers warmed up. The NCAA is investigating allegations that Newton’s father, a pastor, solicited $180,000 from Mississippi State during recruiting. Dan McCarney, a Florida assistant and former Iowa State head coach, will be announced as the new coach of North Texas today, a source said. North Carolina A&T fired coach Alonzo Lee after a 1-10 season, his second. The Aggies went 4-6 in his first season.
McClatchy news services contributed to this report.