Friday, December 21, 2007

Making It Personal

Oregon and Mike Bellotti finally got over the hump, by edging the Trojans in Eugene this year. And if not for their bad luck, could have probably went on to win the Pac 10, represent the conference in the Rose Bowl or even be playing for the national championship. The recent success would surely improve their recruiting, with the Ducks receiving national exposure. In all, it would have made for an interesting future, with Trojans and Ducks battling for conference championships in years to come. But apparently, that's not good enough for Mike Bellotti. He wants more than a business rivalry, he's looking to make it personal.

According to sources, Bellotti has spoken to UCLA and interviewed for their head coaching position. It looks like the northern Duck wants to take this feud across town. I accept any challenge, especially now, since Norm Chow has taken his name out of the running for the job, but it still irks me that Bellotti is even considering this. Just think, If Bellotti accepts this position, 2008's crosstown rivalry game will feature two men that interviewed for the USC job in 2001, and one man that accepted it. Bellotti was a choice before Pete Carroll, and turned down the job. For him to accept the job in Westwood, would appear as a deliberate snubbing of the Trojans. Why isn't the USC job good enough, but the UCLA job is?

Just remember this, Mike, you can spend an entire career in Oregon losing to USC, and you'll still keep your job. Run off consecutive losses to the Trojans from the UCLA sidelines, and they'll run you out of town. Why do you think the job is available?

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