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       === Just Ducky: Helfrich tabbed to fill Kelly's slot at Oregon ===
 
 Eugene,  OR  (Sports Network) -  The University of Oregon officially announced
 the hiring Mark Helfrich as the school's 32nd head football coach on Sunday.
 
 Helfrich  takes over  for Chip Kelly, who announced on Wednesday his intention
 to leave for the head coaching vacancy with the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
 "We  were looking  for  a  coach who  exemplifies  excellence, leadership  and
 character,  and  who would  embrace what  our winning  football culture is all
 about,"  Oregon  athletic director Rob Mullens  said. "We found that person in
 Mark. He is a man devoted to his family, to his players and to this University
 and  community,  and I am  excited to  see him lead  the Ducks to even greater
 heights."
 
 The 39-year-old Helfrich, an Oregon native, has been the offensive coordinator
 for  the Ducks  since 2009, and has  seven years of experience as an offensive
 coordinator at two BCS schools and 15 as a quarterbacks coach.
 
 The  Register-Guard reported  Helfrich was identified as the next coach of the
 Ducks when Kelly nearly took a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January of
 2012.  The  newspaper also reported  wide receivers  coach Scott Frost will be
 promoted to replace Helfrich as offensive coordinator.
 
 "Thank  you  to President  (Michael)  Gottfredson  and  Rob Mullens  for  this
 opportunity  of a lifetime," Helfrich said. "As a lifelong Duck fan, this is a
 responsibility that I welcome and accept the undertaking that stands before me
 to  carry  on  the  legacy  of  success that  has  been  created  by  my  many
 predecessors.  I  have been  fortunate to  have worked with  a number of great
 football  coaches and  mentors throughout  my  career and  have utilized  that
 knowledge to help make me a better coach."
 
 Oregon,  which made  an appearance  in the  2011 BCS  title game  under Kelly,
 finished  last  season at  12-1. The  Ducks averaged 49.6  points per game and
 topped Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/21 01:06:23 ET

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