IRVING, Texas – Former University of Oregon football head coach Mike Bellotti has been included on the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame as announced Thursday by the National Football Foundation (NFF).

Bellotti, who concluded his 14-year Oregon head coaching tenure in 2008 as the school’s winningest football coach of all time, is one of six Football Bowl Subdivision coaches on this year’s ballot and is joined by 75 eligible players.

To be eligible for consideration, coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach, won at least 60 percent of their games, and be retired from coaching at least three years.

Bellotti accumulated a 116-55 record (67.8%) as the Ducks’ head coach after being elevated to the position prior to the 1995 season. During the course of his reign, he guided the program to an unprecedented 12 bowl games in 14 seasons, led teams to a single-season school-record 10 wins or more on four occasions, and coached a team that finished the 2001 season No. 2 in the country following a 38-16 Fiesta  Bowl victory over Colorado.

His overall head coaching record of 137-80-2 (63.0%) includes a 21-25-2 ledger in five seasons at Chico State (CA) from 1984-88.

Ballots were mailed this week to more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Fame inductees, with the tabulation then forwarded to the NFF’s Honors Court who will make the final selections. The 17-member NFF Honors Court is chaired by former ACC commissioner and NCAA president Gene Corrigan and includes a geographically diverse pool of athletics directors,  conference commissioners, Hall of Fame inductees and media members.

The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class will be announced in May and will be inducted Dec. 9 at the 57th Annual NFF Awards Dinner at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

After serving as Oregon’s offensive coordinator from 1989-94, Bellotti inherited a program coming off its first Rose Bowl appearance in 37 years under Rich Brooks and elevated it even further. He coached the program to shares of two Pac-10 Conference championships, became the school’s first football coach to post winning records in each of his first nine years at the helm, as well as led the Ducks to more overall victories (116) and league wins (72) than any other Pac-10 program during his 14-year tenure.

His career was highlighted by a 2001 campaign that included what was then a school-record 11-1 ledger and the highest national finish in the program’s history after the Ducks were slighted for a berth in that season’s national championship game.

Including his six years as an Oregon assistant coach, he has played a role in better than 25 percent of the University’s 613 all-time triumphs.

Five former Oregon players and two coaches have previously been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Included are coaches Hugo Bezdek (1906, 1913-17) and Len Casanova (1951-66), as well as J.W. Beckett (1913-16), John Kitzmiller (1928-30), Norm Van Brocklin (1947-48), Mel Renfro (1961-63) and Bobby Moore {Ahmad Rashad} (1969-71).


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