Heading into the latest Civil War matchup with Oregon State, Mark Helfrich, according to some, was fighting for his coaching life. After Oregon’s 34-24 loss in the rivalry game, it’s seemingly when not if Helfrich is offed by the Ducks.
From USA Today‘s Dan Wolken and George Schroeder:
Oregon has made preparations for a coaching search that will follow the eventual firing of Mark Helfrich, but the school has not officially pulled the trigger on the move as of late Saturday night, multiple people with knowledge of the process tell USA TODAY Sports.
Given the fragility of Oregon’s season ticket base and the potential for things to get even worse, Oregon officials are coming to terms with the necessity of making a change.
Helfrich just completed his fourth season as the Ducks’ head coach. After going 11-2 in his first season and 13-2 the second, the latter of which resulted in an appearance in the first College Football Playoff championship game, Helfrich has guided the Ducks to an eight-win season last year and four wins this year.
The four wins are the fewest for the program since 1991.
Should Helfrich be fired, Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck, Purdue’s top target, would be a highly sought-after option for the program. If Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, as was intimated Saturday night, part ways, both the Irish and the Ducks could find themselves in a bidding war for the 35-year-old Illinois native.
A Helfrich dismissal would also bring another round of Chip Kelly rumors back into play. Yippie?