Longtime Oregon defensive back coach John Neal has been given additional responsibilities as the Defense's Passing Game Coordinator, the school announced Wednesday evening.
The Ducks add a new title and responsibilities to John Neal.
“I'm humbled and thankful for all the support I received to be a candidate for the coaching job at UAB,” Neal said in a school release. “That I got that far is a testament to the great achievements that we’ve accomplished at Oregon. I'm thankful for all the help and support I received from the Oregon family."
Neal was offered an interview at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he'd spent his previous eight seasons coaching the Blazers' defensive backs prior to being named the Oregon defensive back coach in 2003. His final two seasons at UAB Neal served as the school's defensive coordinator.
"I decided to not pursue this opportunity because of the love I have for this program. The coaches, players, support staff, friends, donors, alumni, fans and family that make this a unique place is why I'm staying," Neal said in the release.
Neal has been a key cog in the Oregon football machine coaching 10 first-team all-conference selections. That group includes returning senior and All-Ameican Ifo Ekpre-Olomu who decided to come back in part to continue to be coached by Neal.
Seven players who were coached under Neal have gone on to be picked in an NFL Draft.
Former Duck Jairus Byrd was voted to the 2014 Pro Bowl as a free safety.
“We are very excited about John’s commitment to the University of Oregon,” Helfrich said in the release. “We look forward to his unique brand of enthusiasm and toughness to continue permeating the team.”
“It is a testament to our great staff of special people that others are interested in them.”
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