defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti will retire after the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Longtime Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, a 38-year coaching veteran, will retire after the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. The news was first reported by CBS' Bruce Feldman. Aliotti has been with the Ducks since 1999, but he also spent time with the program as a graduate assistant, linebackers coach and defensive coordinator from 1988 to '94.
He worked under four different Ducks head men: as a GA under Rich Brooks in the late 70s; as a linebackers coach and later DC under Mike Bellotti, and then as a DC under Chip Kelly and this season under first-year head coach Mark Helfrich. In that time, Aliotti proved to be one of the more colorful characters in the college game, known for his unfiltered, engaging personality but also for his opportunistic defenses.
Oregon's defense has been overshadowed by its explosive offense over the past few seasons, but that shouldn't take away from the job Aliotti has done. This year, the Ducks rank 36th in Defensive S&P, according to Football Outsiders, despite losing defensive end Dion Jordan and linebacker Kiko Alonso to the 2013 NFL draft.
The Alamo Bowl, which pits Oregon against Texas, will also serve as the final game for Longhorns head coach Mack Brown. He announced his resignation on Dec. 15.