Video: Watch how Nick Aliotti told Oregon players he was retiring

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday January 17, 2014

The Oregon video team has released a video of one of Nick Aliotti’s final practices.

The longtime Oregon defensive coordinator retired after the Alamo Bowl. The video features Aliotti telling the team his plan to retire and features him mic’d up at practice.

“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.”

Oh, and Aliotti dances at the beginning of the video. You’ve gotta see this.

Coach Aliotti Mic'ed at Alamo Practice from OregonVideo on Vimeo.

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