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Stanford hasn't contacted Bellotti about vacancy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti says Stanford has not reached out to him about its coaching vacancy and he hasn't tried to contact Cardinal officials.

"Stanford's a great place, a great institution and certainly with Andrew Luck coming back, somebody is going to have a great time coaching him next year," Bellotti said Sunday.

Bellotti is now working as an analyst for ESPN and will be part of the coverage for the BCS title game Monday between No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon.

He told reporters that if he was at Stanford, he would hire Boise State coach Chris Petersen. There have been reports linking Petersen, a former assistant under Bellotti at Oregon, to the Stanford vacancy left by Jim Harbaugh.

Bellotti coached at Oregon for 14 years before resigning after the 2008 season and hiring Chip Kelly as his successor. He says he'd be interested in coaching again.

"I talked to several people this year about jobs across the country and none of them quite were what I want," Bellotti said. "I would love to talk to people."

The Ducks went to 12 bowl games under Bellotti and won 116 games before he stepped aside to become full-time athletic director. A year later, Bellotti left Oregon to work for ESPN.

He left behind a healthy program.

Bellotti figures he helped recruit about 80 percent of Oregon's roster, but that doesn't mean he believes he should get any accolades.

"I deserve absolutely zero credit," he said. "I didn't coach anything this year. I put these guys in place a couple years ago and they have done a great job of building on that."


Georgia's Green gone

ATLANTA -- Even though the decision seemed obvious, A.J. Green called it one of the most difficult he's ever had to make.

Georgia's star receiver said Sunday he'll give up his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He's projected as one of the top picks -- possibly even No. 1 after Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck decided to stay in school another year.

"The last couple of weeks were pretty hectic," Green said in a teleconference from his home in South Carolina. "I was just trying to make a sound decision for my family and I. It just came down to what was best for me and them."

Green's draft status wasn't hurt by a four-game suspension at the start of his junior season, his NCAA-imposed punishment for selling a bowl jersey for $1,000 to someone deemed an agent.

If anything, his prospects improved last week when Luck, who led Stanford to a 12-win season and Orange Bowl victory, decided to return to college next season.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Green has just about everything that's needed in a top receiver: size, leaping ability and deceptive speed. But he stands apart because of his intuitive skills when the ball's in the air, a knack of maneuvering his body into just the right position to make the catch, no matter how many defenders are trying to get in his way.

Meanwhile, LSU scheduled a press conference for cornerback and return man Patrick Peterson today in which he planned to announce his intention to turn pro, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

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