University of Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said Friday that he will retire after the 10th ranked Ducks play the Texas Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Universty athletic department officials said they would begin a national search for his successor.
Alioti spent 24 years on the Oregon coaching staff, 17 of those as defensive coordinator. He has coached some of the most successful defenses in school history, with Oregon leading the Pac-10 (then Pac-12) conference in pass defense three times (2000, 2005 and 2006) and total defense in 2005 (357.7 avg.), in addition to leading the country in interceptions (26) and turnover margin (plus 1.62) in 2012.
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