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Report: Oregon secondary coach to interview for UAB head job

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Oregon defensive back coach John Neal will interview this week for the vacant head coaching position at UAB, according to a report on Tuesday from AL.com.

Neal has been with the Ducks since 2003 and has a reputation for building ball-hawking secondaries. He has no college head coaching experience, though he was an assistant at UAB for the eight seasons prior to joining Oregon’s staff. He spent his last two seasons at UAB as defensive coordinator and was a candidate to become the Duck defensive coordinator when Nick Aliotti retired this past season.

The Blazers will also interview Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran this week.

UAB is looking for a head coach because Garrick McGee resigned last week to become the offensive coordinator at Louisville. McGee was 5-19 in his two seasons at UAB.

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2 Responses to “Report: Oregon secondary coach to interview for UAB head job”
  1. dcroz says: Jan 14, 2014 8:41 PM

    When I first saw the headline, my reaction was, “Why would a guy from the other side of the country want to interview for the UAB job, and why would UAB want him?” But seeing as how he spent eight years in the ‘Ham as an assistant (presumably with Watson Brown, who had as much success as anyone in the Blazers’ football history) he would make a good fit. To risk beating a dead horse, what UAB needs is someone who can excite recruits in the Birmingham area about the program and get them to come to the Southside. They’re not going to get the 4- and 5-stars (at least not right now) but there are plenty of other solid players to make UAB a competitive program, especially in the depleted Conference USA.

  2. Jame Wilson says: Feb 5, 2014 10:01 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports Buzz With Jame.

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