The Alamo Bowl between Texas and Oregon won’t only be Mack Brown’s last stand. On Friday, Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reported that Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, 59, will also be stepping down following the game.
Aliotti has coached for a total of 38 years, spending 24 of them with the Ducks. He also had stints with Oregon State, Chico State, the St. Louis Rams, and UCLA. Despite a lifelong love for coaching, Aliotti is ready to start a new chapter of his life.
“After coaching for 38 years, it is time for a new chapter in my life and Kathryn’s,” Aliotti said. “Coaching is all I’ve ever known but it has been a labor of love and a fantastic ride.”
“I’ve coached in a lot of great games in my life but the things I’m going to miss the most are the great players and assistant coaches I have had a privilege to work with. There is never an ideal time to announce these decisions because I don’t want to take away from the attention on this final game or the focus from the players who are the ones who deserve all the credit for getting us to where we are today.”
“I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a great career and to step away from the game when I felt the time was right. Now is that time.”
Oregon finished the 2013 regular season with the No. 25-ranked scoring defense in the nation, allowing 21.6 points per game.
Aliotti played his college ball at UC Davis as a running back from 1972-76. He started his coaching career with Oregon as a graduate assistant in 1978 and 1979.
According to GoDucks.com, Oregon will start the search to find a replacement for Aliotti immediately.