Oregon promotes Pellum to defensive coordinator

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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).