Mike Bellotti talks with CF.C

PULLMAN -- With the awkward 21-day gap between the Oregon State game and the Apple Cup, sports columnists speculating and the cyberspace rumor mill atwitter with the notion that Mike Bellotti has purchased a house in Pullman, Cougfan.com today put the question to Bellotti himself.

The ormer Oregon football coach said Monday he has not spoken with Washington State athletic director Bill Moos about coaching the Cougars if Paul Wulff is replaced, but Bellotti stopped short of saying he would not be interested in the job.

"I haven't done that much studying on that job," Bellotti said in a telephone interview.

"Bill and I are very close friends. If we talk about it at some point, that's one thing, but we haven't had any discussions."

Asked if he would be interested in the WSU job if Moos contacted him, Bellotti said, "Well, I don't know. That hasn't happened, so I wouldn't even conjecture if that would go."

If he returns to coaching, Bellotti said, "It would have to be a pretty perfect job just because of my family situation (his youngest son is a high school junior in Eugene), my ESPN situation.

"I am not looking for a job. If the right one came along, I'd certainly talk with people."

Moos was Oregon's athletic director during most of Bellotti's highly successful 14-year run as coach of the Ducks. Bellotti compiled a 116-55 record at Oregon from 1995-2008. The Ducks won two Pacific-10 Conference titles and played in 12 bowl games under Bellotti.

Moos, in his first year as AD at Washington State, has steadfastly maintained that he won't make an announcement on Wulff's future until the end of the season. The Cougars (2-9, 1-7) finish the season Saturday against visiting Washington (5-6, 4-4).

Wulff has two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed when he came to WSU from Eastern Washington after the 2007 season. Wulff is 5-31 as coach at his alma mater. The Cougars will finish last or tied for last in the Pac-10 for the second straight year.

Bellotti, who turns 60 on Dec. 21, has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN since resigning as Oregon's athletic director in March. He recently expressed interest in the head coaching vacancy at Colorado, but later withdrew his name from consideration.

Bellotti said he has not been contacted about the Miami job. The Hurricanes just fired Randy Shannon.

NOTABLE: For those hot on the Bellotti-bought-a-house-in-Pullman rumor, CF.C checked Monday with the Whitman County Assessors' office and a Pullman title company and there is no paper trail with Bellotti's name on it.

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