DEVELOPING: Helfrich Out At Oregon

By Phil Cantor
Nov. 30, 2016

And Phil Knight Won't Think Twice...
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

((HT: Oregon their own selves))

It's not your average press release... think of it as the "No, we're not even going to validate your parking" kind... 

Here's how it ends...

The Ducks saw several significant streaks end in 2016, including their winning streak in the Civil War. Oregon failed to make a bowl and suffered a losing season for the first time since 2004, and saw an Autzen Stadium sellout streak that began in 1999 end at 110 consecutive home games. The Ducks lost at least eight games for the first time since 1991.

Helfrich helped recruit and groom quarterback Marcus Mariota, who won the 2014 Heisman Trophy while leading the Ducks to the title game. But the Ducks had to rely on graduate transfers entering both 2015 and 2016.

Vernon Adams Jr. helped Oregon reach the 2015 Alamo Bowl but was hurt just before halftime, and could only watch as the Ducks squandered a 31-0 lead. Dakota Prukop won twice to open 2016 before giving way to true freshman Justin Herbert in the midst of an ensuing five-game losing streak.

Oregon's first loss of 2016 was at Nebraska, a 35-32 defeat in which the Ducks went for two after all five of their touchdowns and converted once. The next week, Pac-12 play began with a loss to Colorado in which the Ducks allowed 41 points and threw an interception on a potential game-winning TD pass in the final minute.

The recently completed season also included one-sided losses to Washington (70-21), Southern California (45-20) and Stanford (52-27). An upset of No. 11 Utah on Nov. 19 kept alive Oregon's hopes of making a bowl despite a 5-7 record, but the loss in Corvallis ended that.

So, Mark Helfrich is out at Oregon after a meeting with AD Rob Mullens Tuesday evening and the school is heading in one of those "new directions" we see from time to time. Helfrich's name is added to the likes of Nevada and San Jose State for recent coach dismissals. And the downslide of his four years as head coach goes like this 11-2, 13-2, 9-4, 4-8...

Yeah, that would do it where the leash is short after past successes...

Andrew Greif, over at The Oregonian, was the look at the finances- for those of you interested in those things:

Due to terms of his buyout, Helfrich is owed $11.6 million for the final three years on a five-year contract extension signed in February 2015, weeks after Oregon's loss to Ohio State in the playoff national championship game. It is the 29th-highest buyout in Division I, according to USA Today.

Helfrich's ouster puts the future of its staff in jeopardy. Five assistants have coached at least the last 10 consecutive years in Eugene and the longest-tenured of the group, running backs coach Gary Campbell, told The Oregonian/OregonLive last week that he is considering retirement. Campbell, with the Ducks since 1983, has not made a decision whether to step away, adding that any decision would come independent of Helfrich's job security. But he added that there is a "very good chance I would retire" if Helfrich was fired.

And, now, the ideas for replacements in Eugene- where money won't be any object...??? Look for something from the outside- something the school hasn't done in four decades...

Interesting...

Would Frost go back to the west coast or keep building in Orlando...? Would Harsin slide or would Fleck take the pay-day and the challenge of a build that won't have any patience...?

More when we know more...