The New “Caretaker”: Helfrich Named Oregon Head Coach


As expected, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens named Mark Helfrich as the Ducks’ new head football coach Sunday, just four days after Chip Kelly agreed to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Helfrich, having served as Kelly’s offensive coordinator since 2009, takes over a program that has reached four consecutive BCS bowl games. Helfrich, Mullens, and a handful of Oregon Ducks players addressed the media Sunday.


What Helfrich Said:

“Going forward, we will attack in all phases. We will embrace innovation, and we’re going to strive our best to win each and every day. To the great fans of this program and the university community, I promise you we will work as hard as we can to make you proud. It’s a honor for me to be chosen as the caretaker of Oregon football.”

What Mullens Said:

“Mark’s a great football coach, and that’s why he’s named the head football coach today. He exemplifies everything we want: excellence, leadership, character.”

What quarterback Marcus Mariota said:

“If we can continue our pace and push it even further, that would be very crucial for us.”

What running back De’Anthony Thomas said:

“It was a great vibe in our meeting last night and I feel like our team is excited for coach Helfrich to step up.”

What safety Brian Jackson said:

“(Mark)’s who we wanted to step into that role, because we feel like there probably wouldn’t have been anybody better for that. He’s been here with us, he understands the way that the program rolls.”

What Twitter said:

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Watch his full press conference here:

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