EUGENE, Ore. – Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti’s name has surfaced in the Arizona search.
TucsonCitizen.com reported Friday that “things could move very quickly” between the school and the 60-year-old now analyst for ESPN. It has long been known that Bellotti wanted to get back into coaching at some point. He stepped down here after 14 seasons in 2009.
“Mike wants to get back into coaching,” one source close to Bellotti told CBSSports.com on Saturday. “Mike’s anxious.”
Arizona was the first major job to open up this season after Mike Stoops was fired Oct. 10. Arizona AD Greg Byrne already has one major hire on his resume. He was responsible for bringing Dan Mullen to Mississippi State while AD at that school.
Bellotti may have his pick of jobs in the Pac-12 if Arizona State and/or UCLA open up as well.