The moment that many Ducks feared has finally come. According to The Idaho Press, “Andy Avalos is coming home.”
After two years as Oregon’s defensive coordinator, Avalos is returning to the program where he made a name for himself as a player and a defensive coordinator before Oregon hired him away after he defeated them in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl, 38 to 28.
The coaching shift began when Auburn hired away former Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin. The Tigers were also interested in Mario Cristobal, and the large majority of Duck fans would prefer this outcome over the alternative.
Avalos helped Oregon earn back-to-back conference championships and in his first season he had the Duck defense at No. 9 nationally. And even in this strange 2020 season, Oregon’s defense had a handful of memorable performances despite a drastically shortened spring camp.
The move obviously means that Cristobal will be on the search for his third defensive coordinator since becoming head coach at Oregon.