Oregon DC Nick Alioiti Gives Moving Speech at Final Practice Before Retirement

Jake Silver@@jakeofsilverSocial Media StaffJanuary 17, 2014

via Oregon Video

Former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti was mic'd up during the Ducks' final practice of 2013 as they finished preparations for the Alama Bowl vs. Texas. After gathering the team, he revealed in a moving speech that he would retire from coaching after 38 years.

Here's transcript of the speech (h/t Chris Vannini of CoachingSearch.com):

“I hope I can get through this,” Aliotti told the team. “There’s never a good time or right time to say this, but, since 1975 to now, I’ve been coaching college and pro football. That’s 38 years. That’s all I’ve ever known. I’m going to retire at the end of this season.

What this is about is winning the Alamo Bowl. It’s about beating Texas. That’s what this thing’s about. We’ve worked hard to beat Texas. It’s about you, it’s about us, it’s about beating Texas. I’ll always be a Duck. Of those 38 years, 27 have been here at Oregon. I love Oregon football. It’s time for me to retire.”

In case you were wondering, the Ducks blasted Texas 30-7 on Dec. 30, 2013 to finish the season 11-2.