Oregon promotes LBs coach Pellum to defensive coordinator
EUGENE, Ore. (AP)
Oregon has promoted linebackers coach Don Pellum to defensive coordinator, replacing Nick Aliotti, who retired after 17 seasons following the Ducks' 30-7 win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl.
Pellum will continue to coach Oregon's inside and weak-side linebackers.
Pellum says he welcomes the challenge of his new position ''with open arms.''
During his 23 years with Oregon, Pellum has been a football graduate assistant, linebackers coach, and a tutor of safeties and defensive linemen.
Last season, the Ducks led the Pac-12 in pass defense (204.5 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense, finished second in the league in scoring defense (20.5 points) and third in total defense (370.1 yards).