Documents detail Bellotti's departure from Oregon

BY foxsports • April 1, 2010

A letter from the University of Oregon's general counsel to state education officials details circumstances surrounding the $2.3 million severance for departing athletic director Mike Bellotti.

While the letter confirms that there was no agreement in writing with Bellotti, it also suggests that his resignation after nine months in office may have been hastened by university president Richard Lariviere.

Bellotti announced on March 19 that he was stepping down to take a job as a college football analyst for ESPN.

General counsel Melinda Grier wrote that when Bellotti told Lariviere in early winter that ESPN had approached him about a job, Lariviere ``determined that it was in the university's best interest to expedite this transition.''

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