Bellotti, the former Oregon coach and short-term athletic director, gets a monthly pension of $41,341.67 from the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System, the Oregonian reported.
Bellotti, 60, is one of 837 people who get more than $100,000 a year from the system, but he's at the top of the heap by a sizable margin. Next on the list is Frederick Keller, an interventional radiologist with the Oregon Health & Science University who probably doesn't have the slightest idea what "Cover 2" means. Keller cashes a monthly pension check of $31,459.45.
Bellotti, now an analyst for ESPN, had a final compensation package between $1.9 and $2 million from Oregon. He made no apology for his fat pension.
"Put in all the taxes I've paid to the state of Oregon," he told the newspaper.
Bellotti was Oregon's offensive coordinator from 1989-94. He then became head coach, a position he held until March 30, 2009, when moved into the athletic director's seat. Nine months later, he quit to join ESPN.
Then, in a move that took large brass ones, Bellotti demanded a severance of $7 million from Oregon president Richard Lariviere, who learned from university general counsel that Bellotti had no contract with the school. He was merely working under a handshake deal.
Lariviere took stock of his legal position and wisely settled for $3 million.
Can Oregon chart a course back to the BCS title game? That question could be answered Saturday when the Ducks play Louisiana State in Arlington, Tex. A loss would saddle the team for the rest of the season — a damning blow to any talk of winning the BCS title. A victory springboards the Ducks to the top of the heap.
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