Oregon Ducks assistant John Neal announced Wednesday that he’s turned down the opportunity to interview for the head coaching job at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before arriving at Oregon, Neal coached defensive backs at UAB from 1995-2003.
Neal spoke with The Oregonian about why he declined to interview:
I never had a fear that I couldn’t be a great head coach; I know I can be. 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.
I don’t want go anywhere. When someone offers you an interview I was really humbled and thankful and I felt like I owed (UAB) and owed them that respect to go out there and try it but as I formulated my plan and vision at UAB it convinced me more that I have a great thing here.
Oregon’s secondary has routinely been strong thanks to Neal’s tutelage, churning out all-conference players and NFL draft picks.
[Source: The Oregonian]