John Neal is staying. Drew Champlin of The Birmingham News and Andrew Greif of the Oregonian reported that the Oregon secondary coach has withdrawn his name from consideration for the vacant head coaching job at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he was an assistant coach for eight years.
"I never had a fear that I couldn't be a great head coach; I know I can be," Neal told Greif. "I'm the head coach of my position, I get it, but I'm also in the best football program in the United States. I'm humbled and thankful that the people out there thought of me for the interview. But the not knowing out there wasn't as strong as knowing what I had here. I want to retire at Oregon."
The coach was scheduled to fly down to UAB for an interview but decided to remain with the Ducks after talking it over with his family. Oregon promoted him to passing game coordinator today, a move that gives him added responsibility and input in the defensive game plan.no comments