SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah assistant football coach John Pease, who was lured out of retirement in 2009 to return to his alma mater, is once again retiring. The 67-year-old informed the Utes of his decision at a team meeting on Tuesday.

"I've coached in 646 games since 1966 and I'm ready to watch from the sidelines," said Pease, who worked in the National Football League for nearly two decades with New Orleans and Jacksonville before retiring in 2005.

"This is a young man's game and this is a great young coaching staff that does things the right way. I wouldn't have returned to coaching if it weren't for this university, this coaching staff and Kyle Whittingham."

Pease served as Utah's assistant head coach and oversaw the defensive line.

"John has been an invaluable member of our coaching staff and we will miss him," Whittingham said. "His coaching expertise and knowledge of the game has been a huge factor in our success the past two seasons. He is well liked by the players, coaches, staff and administration and we wish him all the best in his retirement."

No timetable has been set for replacing Pease. Whittingham will likely designate an interim defensive line coach from within the current staff for the bowl game.