Pellum moved from defensive coordinator to linebackers coach

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon coach Mark Helfrich announced Monday that defensive coordinator Don Pellum will move back to linebackers coach for the Ducks.

Pellum has been Oregon's defensive coordinator for two seasons following the retirement of Nick Aliotti. Helfrich said Pellum remains committed to improving the Ducks' performance on the field.

The move comes two days after Oregon squandered a 31-0 lead and lost 47-41 in triple overtime to TCU in the Alamo Bowl. The Ducks finished 9-4 this season, their first without 10 wins since 2007.

Pellum, who played for Oregon, was the Ducks' linebackers coach for 14 seasons before he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Oregon said the national search for a new defensive coordinator will begin immediately.

Helfrich announced Monday that outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander is leaving to become defensive coordinator for another program.

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