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Oregon Fires Head Coach Mark Helfrich

Oregon Fires Head Coach Mark Helfrich
The University of Oregon announced the dismissal of head football coach Mark Helfrich on Tuesday after he spent four seasons at the helm of the program. Helfrich took over the Oregon program in 2013 after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator for four years under Chip Kelly, who departed for the NFL. The 43-year-old Oregon native enjoyed initial success. The Ducks went 11-2 during his first season, including a victory in the Alamo Bowl to finish ninth in the AP rankings, and then reached the National Championship Game in his second year before losing to Ohio State. Things haven’t gone nearly as smooth over the past two years, though. The program, which had begun expecting to contend for a national title annually, began to slip from that lofty perch. Helfrich finishes his head coaching career at Oregon with a record of 37-16.