Oregon Football: Mark Helfrich to Succeed Kelly?

If Chip Kelly Leaves, Mark Helfrich Is in Line for Oregon Job

1/3/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will likely be the top candidate to replace head coach Chip Kelly, pending a move to the NFL.Blog Photo - Oregon Football: Mark Helfrich to Succeed Kelly?

According to USA Today, sources confirm that Oregon would stay in-house and could possibly hire Helfrich within 72 hours of Kelly’s departure.

Helfrich does not call Oregon’s plays, but has been Kelly’s right-hand man since brought into the system in 2008. He is a huge part of the offensive game plan and knows the playbook in-and-out.

Still, losing Kelly’s innovative offensive mind would be a huge blow to the program. Since he was hired in 2009, Oregon is 45-7 (33-3 Pac-12) and has made an appearance in a BCS bowl every year, including the 2010 national championship.

The Ducks have averaged 44.9 points per game during his four-year tenure.

Kelly is scheduled to interview with the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. Oregon plays Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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1/4/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17679 respect

(Edited by richard_cranium)

Looks like Kelly is going to pull a Carroll and bolt before he is handcuffed by NCAA sanctions. I would think that these sanctions could lead to the entire staff being fired. Reports are that the Ducks football program paid $25,000 to a recruiting service to get Texas kids to go play in Oregon. That is the football program directly breaking NCAA rules, not a booster, and the football program will have a hard time claiming ignorance!