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UD coach Miller to participate in Charity Coaches Challenge

 

Press release courtesy of Dayton athletics

 

 

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller is one of 48 NCAA Division I coaches taking part in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. 

Fan participation will determine the winner over an eight-week period,  at espn.com/infiniti.

Infiniti will donate $5,000 to each of the charities involved, along with a $100,000 donation to the winning coach’s charity. Miller is representing the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton.

“I’m proud to be a part of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, and even prouder that the local charity that will benefit from this is the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton,” Miller said. “Our program’s motto is ‘All In’ and it would be hard to find something better for our fans to be ‘All In’ for than them.”

 

Archie Miller (courtesy of UD athletics)

For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9, 2012.

From January 18 to March 8, Infiniti is helping 48 of the nation’s top college basketball coaches compete to raise money for charities in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.

Coaches will count on their network of fans, alumni, students, faculty and charities to advance to the finals. School supporters will have a chance to vote daily for their favorite coach in each of the four regions — East, South, West and Midwest.

In order to vote, fans must register online for an ESPN.com account. Registration is a simple and FREE three-step process. Fans can log on to ESPN.com and click the “Register” link in the upper-right corner to get started.

Visit DaytonFlyers.com and keep following UD’s social media sites in the coming days on where and how to vote.

Infiniti, a proud corporate partner of NCAA® Men’s Basketball, will donate $5,000 to each participating coach’s selected charity. The coach who receives the most votes will win $100,000, which will be awarded to his selected charity.

“The overwhelming popularity of men’s college basketball provides an outstanding platform for coaches across America,” said NABC President Ernie Kent. “While most fans follow every aspect of their teams’ on-court performances, the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge enables people to see the numerous charitable and community endeavors championed by coaches off the court.”

Oregon selects Creighton’s Dana Altman

compiled from staff and wire reports

Multiple media outlets around the country are reporting that Creighton coach Dana Altman has agreed to take over at Oregon.

Fox Sports was the first to report that Altman had been hired to replace Ernie Kent, who was dismissed in March after 13 seasons at his alma mater.

Dana Altman Creighton (CU)

Altman has spent 16 seasons at Creighton, which is located in Omaha, Nebraska. He has a record of 327-176. He led the Bluejays to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons before they went 18-16 this year.

Altman also went 68-54 in four seasons as Kansas State’s head coach from 1990-94.

The 51-year-old Altman was selected after the Eugene, Oregon school couldn’t lure Tubby Smith of Minnesota or Mike Anderson of Missouri to take the job.

The Oregon Ducks went 16-16 overall, 7-11 in the Pacific 10 Conference this past season.

Bellotti leaves Oregon Athletic Director’s position for ESPN

compiled from Oregon Athletics information and staff and wire reports

Mike Bellotti has been Oregon’s athletic director less than a year, but is leaving the school he loves to become a part of ESPN as a college football analyst. He was head football coach at Oregon for 14 seasons before taking over as AD last July. His resignation is effective April 5.

The 59-year old Bellotti took over as the successor to Pat Kilkenny and then Chip Kelly was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach. Last season under Kelly, the Ducks went 10-3, winning their first Pac-10 title since 2001 and earned their first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1995, but lost to Ohio State.

Mike Bellotti as coach of the Ducks (U of Oregon)

Bellotti’s resignation came as a complete surprise Friday at a hastily called news conference. He says it’s time for a career change.

His short tenure as athletic director has been one of controversy and full of problems galore. Earlier in the week, he fired men’s basketball coach Ernie Kent due to losing and declining attendance.

The football program is in a dissaray with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli being suspended for the 2010 season after pleading guilty to a second-degree burglary charge.

Running back LaMichael James, pleaded guilty to an unrelated harassment charge and was suspended by coach Chip Kelly last week for the season opener September 4.

During the 2009 season, running back LaGarrrette Blount punched a Boise State player after the opening game and was suspended for the season, but returned late in the season after meeting certain academic and behavorial requirements.

Mike Bellotti was quite successful as Oregon’s football coach. He went 116-55 with the Ducks and took the team to 12 bowls games. In 2001, Oregon won 11 games, including a 38-16