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Why did the Oregon Ducks fire their football coach?

Posted by Betonline Team on 12/6/2016 2:28:13 AM
Why did the Oregon Ducks fire their football coach?

Was fired Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich a victim of his own success or did angry season ticket holders and alumni convince the administration to nudge him out?

You can make a case for both why Helfrich is looking for a job.

The Ducks are 4-8 overall, and the final blow came when they lost “the Civil War” to archrival Oregon State. It was their first loss to OSU in nine seasons.

“We didn’t win enough games,” Helfrich said. That’s a face. We have to own part of it.”

Helfrich becomes the first Ducks coach to be fired since Don Read was let go in 1976 after a three-year mark of 9-24.

However, Helfrich has had success here. Two seasons ago Oregon played in the national championship game but was pounced by Ohio State 42-20. The Ducks were the high-flying team backed by Nike and an array of talent.

They could score at the drop of a dime and showed some toughness. However, that toughness on the field was lacking, and they could not sustain opponents’ best blows.

Alumni also became edgy because of off-field incidents.

The Oregon Daily Emerald, the student newspaper, wrote that tight end Pharaoh Brown committed three acts of violence and was not punished by the school or football program. And wide receiver Darren Carrington is under investigation for assault. Many fans threatened not to attend games next season unless Helfrich was let go.

It seems as if they won. But Helfrich remains a winner financially. The school must pay him $11.6 million.

Former coach and current San Francisco 49ers coach is on the hot seat but said he is not returning to Oregon. That leaves Boise State coach Bryan Harsin as a front runner to take over.


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