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Ault resigns his post with Nevada football
by Tribune Staff
Dec 28, 2012 | 2560 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Longtime Nevada football coach Chris Ault announced his retirement Friday afternoon after 28 years on the sidelines.
Tribune file photo - Longtime Nevada football coach Chris Ault announced his retirement Friday afternoon after 28 years on the sidelines.
An emotional Chris Ault announced his resignation as the Nevada head football coach Friday afternoon at Legacy Hall.

Ault led the Wolf Pack to a 233-109-1 record over 28 years as head coach. He has been within the program as a player, coach and administrator for over 40 years, but felt the time was right to step down, citing several reasons, including the loss of assistant coaches.

“Wolf Pack football has firmly established a blueprint for success that can be sustained,” he said.

Most recently, Nevada dropped the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl to Arizona, 49-48, after losing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the final 46 seconds to win.

Nevada finished the season with a 7-6 record, its fifth straight winning season. The Pack lost four of those six games by six points or less.

Ault said the choice to resign was his and he didn’t feel any pressure from the outside.

Athletic director Cary Groth thanked him for his service.

“Chris Ault truly has been Nevada Football for more than 40 years,” Groth said. “He has left an indelible footprint on not only the football program, but the University as well. His legacy is one of success, honor and tradition. There is a reason that he is in the Hall of Fame and was one of the youngest coaches ever inducted. I know I speak for the entire community in congratulating and sincerely thanking Coach for his honorable service to college football and our University.”

Nevada plans a nationwide search to find a replacement for Ault.

During his 28 years on the sidelines, Ault won 10 conference championships and took the Wolf Pack to the postseason 16 times. Since joining the FBS, the Pack has played in 10 bowl games. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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December 29, 2012
First, a big thank you and congratulations to Coach Ault on his career at Nevada and for his opening the door of national recognition for the football program.

Now, let the hand wringing begin.

The University, and our community, will need to decide what kind of athletic program we want to bring. Do we stay we the "bargain basement" obscure assistant coach hirings approach, and hope not to be embarrassed when we play a team of any caliber; or do we go after a high quality and proven coach and build a program that can be competitive on a national stage?

Boise State and Louisiana Tech are good examples of the later.

I hear Jeff Tedford is available
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