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In what should be the least surprising thing you read today, Mark Helfrich shortly will be named Oregon's head coach, replacing Chip Kelly, according to multiple reports.
CBS reported the announcement will come Sunday. The Eugene Register-Guard reported that receivers coach Scott Frost will be promoted to offensive coordinator, stepping into Helfrich's old job.
Here's the short report from the Register-Guard.
Helfrich, 39, is the son of an Oregon offensive lineman and grew up a Ducks fan. Here's a nice quote on him from former Ducks QB Nate Costa, given to CBS' Bruce Feldman:
“This is (Kelly's) system, people know this, so they automatically think Helfrich has little input on what happens on Saturdays. This is simply not true,” former Duck QB Nate Costa told CBSSports.com in the fall of 2012. “Helfrich doesn't get half the credit he deserves. He is one of the smartest people in the college football world and has a great football mind. He has a large amount of involvement in the game-planning, scripting and coaching on a weekly basis. He may not call all the plays on game day but he has a high amount of input in what plays are called and why they are called.”
Here's a report from The Oregonian.
While defensive line coach Jerry Azzinarro followed Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles, Helfrich's hiring is expected to keep much of the Ducks' staff intact, including such mainstays as defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, offensive line coach Steve Greatwood, running backs coach Gary Campbell, secondary coach John Neal and linebackers coach Don Pellum.
Here's a nice profile of Helfrich.
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