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Chris Ault stepping down at Nevada

The mastermind behind the pistol offense, Chris Ault, has decided to step down as the head coach at Nevada.

Ault has overseen the transition of the Wolfpack program as it has transitioned form Division II to Division I-AA finally into the FBS ranks. Ault's commitment to the University stretches beyond just that of a football coach, as he's also served as the athletic director from 1986-2004.

His best season as head coach came in 2010 when the Wolfpack finished 13-1 and 11th in the final polls. Alltogether, he compiled six seasons of at least ten wins and just one losing season in conference play dating back to the early 80's.

We saw a note recently that Ault has spent all but eight years of his adult life as a player, coach or administrator for the Wolfpack. That's dedication.

With the identity of the pistol entrenched in the culture at Nevada, we would expect the next head coach to keep the identity of what has made the football program so successful.

We also can't help but wonder if front offices of NFL teams have been reaching out to Ault to come on board as a consultant to stop the pistol which is quickly spreading throughout the league.