Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti retiring

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Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.


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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 28 at 3:11 AM

SAN ANTONIO – Oregon Duck’s defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti announced his retirement Friday, according to head coach Mark Helfrich.

Aliotti's vision as defensive coordinator contributed to six conference championships for the Ducks.

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Aliotti spent 24 years coaching for Oregon with 17 of them as defensive coordinator. Monday's Alamo Bowl game against Texas will be his final game coaching with the Ducks.

“After coaching for 38 years, it is time for a new chapter in my life and Kathryn’s,” Aliotti said in a press release on “Coaching is all I’ve ever known but it has been a labor of love and a fantastic ride.

Aliotti's defense allowed 21.6 points per game this season for the No. 10 Ducks. Oregon finished ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in total defense, giving up 381.2 yards per game.

The Alamo Bowl is also the farewell game for Texas coach Mack Brown, who is resigning after 16 seasons.

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