Through three head coaching regimes and various tweaks to the program’s identity, one constant was defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti. Replacing the 15-year Ducks assistant, whose retirement was announced Friday on the Ducks' official website, is the biggest challenge head coach Mark Helfrich faces in his young tenure, and it's a potentially era-defining decision.
Aliotti molded Oregon’s defense in recent years to complement the up-tempo offense that has been the program’s calling card. The next Ducks defensive coordinator must strike a balance between the speed, depth and athleticism that defined Aliotti’s groups and the nastier, more powerful defenses that win conference and national championships.
To that end, the university athletic brass is ready to make a sizable financial commitment to the search, 247Sports' Justin Hopkins reports.
Aliotti has his suggestion, according to Steve Mims of the Oregon Register-Guard. B/R has a few names in mind, as well.