Oregon Football Road Swing Continues At California This Weekend
Oct. 9, 2001
NATIONAL RANKINGS . . . After breaking into this year's pre-season rankings for the first time ever and finding themselves secured among the country's Top 10 ever since, the Ducks have equalled their highest national ranking in school history with a No. 5 rating in this week's Associated Press poll and sixth in the USA Today/ESPN voting. Oregon climbed to an all-time high of fifth last season by AP before dropping the regular-season finale at Oregon State.
HEAD COACH MIKE BELLOTTI . . . Ranking third on the Ducks' all-time winningest coaching list (54-22-0), Mike Bellotti now stands as the winningest active coach in the Pac-10 based on conference winning percentage in addition to leading Oregon to more overall victories during his tenure than any other program in the league. Oregon's seventh-year head coach has accumulated a 32-18 record in Pac-10 encounters (.640), which moves him into 15th all-time among conference circles in terms of career winning percentage and 20th in career league victories. He has played a vital role in assembling better than 18 percent (93 wins) of the University's all-time triumphs (496) in his 13-year Oregon association (six as offensive coordinator and seven as head coach). Only Hugo Bezdek (72.7% -- 1906, 1913-17) has accumulated a better winning percentage than Bellotti's 71.1% among the program's mentors who have coached the Ducks a minimum of three seasons. The 50-year-old former Cal State-Chico mentor owns a 12-year career head coaching mark of 76-47-2.
CALIFORNIA'S TOM HOLMOE . . . The Bears' fifth-year head coach has accumulated a 15-33 record in his first head coaching stint after serving as California's defensive coordinator in 1996 under Steve Mariucci, two seasons as secondary coach for the San Francisco 49ers (1994-95) and two years as defensive backs coach at Stanford (1992-93) under Bill Walsh. A seven-year NFL defensive back with the 49ers, the former BYU all-conference choice holds the distinction of owning three Super Bowl rings (two as a player) and helping Cal lead the Pac-10 in total defense in 1999.
CONFERERNCE UNBEATENS . . . Oregon heads into the second week of October as one of five undefeated teams in the Pacific-10 Conference. At least two of them will be eliminated as Washington and UCLA, as well as Stanford and Washington State, square off against one another.