Oregon fires coach Mark Helfrich; SEC coaches rumored to be in the mix
Following a disappointing 4-8 season, Oregon has parted ways with head coach Mark Helfrich, according to a release from the school.
The release wasn’t exactly kind to Helfrich, who finished his four-year tenure with a record of 37-16:
After taking over for Kelly following four seasons as offensive coordinator, Helfrich maintained Oregon’s status as one of the nation’s most potent offenses. But after finishing 37th in the FBS in total defense in 2013, the Ducks slipped to No. 89 during the playoff season, No. 117 in 2015 and No. 126 this season, despite the hiring of a new coordinator who installed a new scheme.
The Ducks saw several significant streaks end in 2016, including their winning streak in the Civil War. Oregon failed to make a bowl and suffered a losing season for the first time since 2004, and saw an Autzen Stadium sellout streak that began in 1999 end at 110 consecutive home games. The Ducks lost at least eight games for the first time since 1991.
Now, the Ducks will look for their next coach. The rumor mill has already churned up a pair of SEC coaches who could get calls from Eugene in the near future.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has been linked to the Oregon job, and FOX Sports analyst Bruce Feldman anticipates Florida coach Jim McElwain may draw some interest, too:
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 30, 2016
It’s still early in the hiring process, but if Oregon moves as quickly as Texas did in hiring Tom Herman, it won’t be long before the Ducks have their new head coach.