Team preview: Oregon

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For a football program that changes uniforms more often than the Pep Boys change tires, the coaching staff remains surprisingly, well, uniform. Head coach Mike Bellotti enters his 14th season in Eugene and brings back all of his assistant coaches from 2007, the first time in four years without any turnover.

Why mess with a good thing? Bellotti is 106-52 at Oregon and has led the program to 11 bowl appearances in 13 years. He has won two Pac-10 championships and is one of only six coaches in conference history to win 100 games at one school.

Why leave? The winningest coach in the 112-year history of the program earned just more than $1.9 million last season in salary, incentives and bonuses. In May, he agreed to a contract amendment that bumped his paycheck by nearly $400,000. He's not making Phil Knight money, but at least he's in Pete Carroll's neighborhood.