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Mark Helfrich named Chip Kelly’s successor at Oregon

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Even before Chip Kelly left Oregon to become the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, it was reported and widely believed that the Ducks would stay in-house and hire the team’s offensive coordinator, Mark Helfrich, to run the program.

Oregon interviewed five other candidates — it had to — but it would have been considered an upset if anybody but Helfrich was named Kelly’s successor.

But there was no upset on Sunday. As expected, Helfrich was named the new head coach at Oregon. He will have a five-year contract worth $9 million.

“Growing up in Oregon, raised about two hours from here, playing pick-up football in Autzen before there was all this other stuff around Atuzen Stadium and dreaming of someday playing in Autzen Stadium. Luckily, for Duck fans, I was never allowed to play in Autzen Stadium. Coach [Rich] Brooks and Coach [Mike] Bellotti at that time made a very good evaluation. But I had a couple high school games in there and that was the extent of that dream.

“My dad went to school and played here, my uncle played here, my brother, his wife, my mom, so many family and friends that went to school here just make this home. Coaching at Oregon is the pinnacle for me.”

The Ducks have been one of the highest-scoring offenses in college football under Helfrich and Kelly. This past season, Oregon ranked second in points per game 49.6, third in rushing yards with 315.2 and averaged 537 yards per game. Oregon also averaged roughly 81 plays per game this year, with the Ducks running 96 in the season-opener against Arkansas State.

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14 Responses to “Mark Helfrich named Chip Kelly’s successor at Oregon”
  1. bucfan4lyfe says: Jan 20, 2013 4:38 PM

    Makes sense

  2. zurnvs says: Jan 20, 2013 6:41 PM

    Man, I hope it works out for him or he will be crushed.

  3. Deb says: Jan 20, 2013 10:36 PM

    So Rich Brooks didn’t think Helfrich had the stuff? He also didn’t think NFL Hall of Fame candidate Jerome Bettis had the stuff to be a pro back–that’s why he traded him for a song to the Steelers. God bless the fool. If Rich Brooks didn’t think much of him, Helfrich probably should have been a star in Autzen long before now. Between that and these touching acceptance comments, I wish him tremendous success in his new position!

  4. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 20, 2013 10:41 PM

    Who knows, Deb…maybe my team ( Ducks) and yours ( LSU, no, I mean Alabama) can meet next January. I am pretty dang sure it would be more competitive than this last one was.

  5. Deb says: Jan 20, 2013 11:07 PM

    @crazyfootballfan …

    Oooh … it’s way to early for me to think about Bama in another title match LOL But if it works out that way, I’ll be all for it!!

  6. packerbadger says: Jan 21, 2013 9:12 AM

    Good luck coaching a team that will be stripped of scholarships and bowl appearances for a couple yrs for cheating. Welcome to the Pete Carroll syndrome.

  7. packerbadger says: Jan 21, 2013 9:16 AM

    Deb says: Oooh … it’s way to early for me to think about Bama in another title match LOL But if it works out that way, I’ll be all for it!
    Deb gets all excited about watching her high school educated college football players. I would like to see those Bama players actually take a curriculum at the Univ Wisconsin AND play football. Oh, they wouldn’t be able to play because they’d all flunk out of the first semester.

  8. Deb says: Jan 21, 2013 1:44 PM

    Bitterness isn’t becoming, packerbadger. It makes people seem sad and droopy. Alabama’s championship teams have included Rhodes Scholar candidates, guys working on their master’s, guys maintaining tops grades while playing football and raising a family. But if it makes you feel better about Wisconsin’s football irrelevance to constantly rant that Alabama players are stupid, why have at it. Whatever gets you through the night.

  9. florida727 says: Jan 21, 2013 1:56 PM

    I’m not a Quack Attack fan, but I’m genuinely happy for them. They’re getting a guy whose heart and soul are permanently stained green and gold. It’s nice to see a guy achieve his life’s dream. Good luck, Coach. Keep up the video game numbers. Sure makes watching Oregon football fun.

  10. packerbadger says: Jan 21, 2013 2:19 PM

    When were the Rhodes scholars Deb…1950something? Wisconsin’s best football team is the Packers; which would crush your best team. This would be a much more fair comparison as neither team has to worry about grades. Going to college at Alabama is like me going to a small town high school in Wisconsin. Its much harder to play football AND have to actually take real college level courses. Oh, we have a really good basketball and hockey team at UW also……how are your basketball and hockey teams doing?

  11. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    packer badger…you hating on everyone…ducks, crimson tide, who else? Regarding the Ducks, you have no idea what the penalties will be , do you? There is a lot of speculation, and that is all it is. LSU did the same thing and their penalties were minimal.

  12. Deb says: Jan 21, 2013 5:09 PM

    Well, packerbadger, Greg McElroy, our championship quarterback, was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. Our all-world offensive lineman Barrett Jones is maintaining a 4.0 while working on his master’s in accounting. And you’re clearly preparing a blog dissertation on jackassery. But with this attack on the Ducks at least you’ve proved to be an equal-opportunity idiot rather than the SEC Hater you seemed. Apparently you go after any and all teams more successful than Wisconsin. Gee … that must not leave you time for much else.

  13. florida727 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:55 AM

    Hey #packerbadger, any chance you can try to criticize University of Florida alums’ accomplishments, or compare them to UW’s? We only have 2 Nobel Prize winners, 8 astronauts, 28 presidents of colleges or universities, 8 United States ambassadors, 10 United States Senators and 41 United States Representatives (okay, maybe I should have left this one out), 45 federal judges, 11 governors, 11 mayors, 56 Presidents or CEO’s of major corporations (57 if you count that redneck NASCAR thing), 25 actors or actresses, 24 classical musicians, 14 Miss Florida’s, 10 sportscasters, 29 newscasters, and 15 either Generals or Admirals in our military.

    Does that at least somewhat favorably compare to what the great University of Wisconsin has produced?

  14. gboneisthename says: Jan 22, 2013 6:28 PM

    packerbadger is a fudgepacker

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