Oregon Looking to Lockdown Helfrich

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In this year’s inaugural College Football playoff, all but one coach have taken a team that they have coached in the past to a National Championship victory.  Nick Saban of AlabamaJimbo Fisher of Florida State, and Urban Meyer of Ohio State have all led previous teams to the glory land.  The fourth coach in the mix this year, is Oregon’s Mark Helfrich.

It has been reported by oregon.247sports.com that Oregon is looking to lockdown Helfrich to a long-term deal.  Many loyal Ducks fans were skeptical of Helfrich, as they believed he would not be able to continue the excellent tradition that Chip Kelly established during his tenure as Head Coach of the Ducks.  The 2013 campaign certainly did not turn out the way Ducks fans had hoped, with losses in the regular season to Stanford and Arizona.  Despite one grueling loss this season to Arizona, the Ducks got revenge in the Pac-12 Championship game against the Wildcats, slaughtering them 51-13.

Helfrich certainly does not have the resume’ that Saban, Fisher and Meyer boast, but he does know how to coach a Football team and that goes without saying.  Based on precedence, Ducks fans can expect Helfrich to be offered something in the neighborhood of $4 Million to $5 Million per year.  Helfrich has his team contending for a National Championship this year, he has recruited an incredible class for next year, and he has shown that he can take a program to heights that most people thought would be impossible to reach after the departure of Chip Kelly.

Ducks fans, stay tuned to FishDuck.com, as we will certainly keep you updated with all things Helfrich related.

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Jason Selby

Jason Selby

Jason is a Junior at the University of Oregon, currently double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. Jason has been an avid sports fan for his entire life, growing up playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Over the last year, Jason has found his love for sports reporting, and enjoys creating pieces that use his love and knowledge for sports to portray his message. In his spare time, Jason enjoys obsessing over Ducks sports, Scuba Diving around the world, and listening to music. Tweet at Jason…. @1seltank. He loves talking sports with other avid sports fans.

  • Dan

    I’m sorry but I think it would be mistake to throw that kind of money at Helfrich, at this point, and lock him up long term, unless there is a low buy-out option. It’s too early to grade him, especially since we have had the best QB to ever wear an Oregon uniform under center, whom he recruited and developed. There are a number of coaches who enjoyed early success and then were run out of town (e.g., Larry Coker, Gene Chizik).

    Let’s see how we do the next few years, first.

    • Jason Selby

      Yeah I agree with what you are saying. It will be interesting. Oregon is looking to lock down Helfrich and based on precedence, he would get around 4 or 5 million. But it will be interesting to see what happens. Either way, thanks for taking the time to read the article!

    • Ol’Codger Duck

      “whom he recruited and developed”
      I think you just stated one of the best reasons to lock Helfrich in long term. I’ve already told my buddies that I don’t think Lockie is going to start next year, I’m betting on one of the young guys to win the job and keep the mojo going.
      Just my 2 cents worth.
      Ol’Codger Duck

  • Tanner Tannest

    Who will?

  • Rusty

    How long is long term? 3 , 5 , more? I say give him a 5 yr go.
    You could possibly do any better? We’re probably paying too much as I bet he’d coach Oregon for a bare minimum…