Nevada Head Football Coach Chris Ault Announces Retirement

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2012

College football will lose one of its most creative minds, as Chris Ault announced on Friday that he will retire from the game.

According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, the Nevada coach will step down after 28 seasons as a head coach.

Ault had three different stints at the school, coaching from 1976 to 1992, then in 1994-95 and finally from 2004 to 2012. In that time, he compiled a 233-109-1 record.

This season, he took Nevada to a 7-6 mark. This was the fifth straight winning season for the program and its eighth straight year with a bowl appearance.

Despite his ability to win, his biggest legacy will likely be his ability to innovate. He is known as the "Godfather of the Pistol Offense," as the creator of the system that is now widely used in college football, as well as the NFL.

His success allowed him to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Ault had a unique ability to get the most out of his players. According to the Nevada athletics website, he is the only coach in recorded history to lead the nation in passing offense (1995) and rushing offense (2009).

He represented the school positively for so many years, and it will be difficult for the program to imagine life without him, despite his gaps away from the field.

Prior to his coaching days, he was a quarterback at Nevada from 1965 to 1968, so he has been with the school for a long time.

The 66-year-old has already proven that he is one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, and he will be remembered fondly for years to come.