Bellotti gives back to UO

Oregon football Head Coach Mike Bellotti and his wife, Colleen, have decided to show their appreciation to the University of Oregon by donating $50,000 to the expansion of Autzen Stadium and $25,000 to the UO Libraries, a gesture which underscores the coach's commitment to academics as well as excellence on the gridiron.

"This university has been loyal to me and provided me with a great opportunity," Bellotti said in a statement released by the university. "My family and I felt we were blessed and wanted to give something back to the university, both to the athletic department and to the university itself. We felt the library is something used by all students, so maybe our gift could do the greatest good there."

"Mike's gift is one more confirmation of the kind of person he is," said UO President Dave Frohnmayer. "He believes the most valuable award his student-athletes can take away from here is not a Heisman Trophy or an entry in the record books, but a college education. The university gave Mike its Pioneer Award this year because he embodies -- and demonstrates through his actions -- the values and ideals that we strive to communicate to all our students."

UO Librarian Deb Carver says the gift will be used for innovative technologies. "We started thinking about who Mike Bellotti is, what he's done for the university," Carver explained. "Innovation and leadership was what came to mind."

The Bellotti's gift to the UO Libraries will be matched by both the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the College of Arts and Sciences, increasing the total amount of the gift to $75,000.

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