Mark Helfrich is Oregon's next man in.
That means former Husker quarterback Scott Frost could be Helfrich's next man.
The Ducks wasted little time finding a replacement for Chip Kelly, promoting their affable offensive coordinator to head coach Sunday. Kelly left to become coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.
Helfrich is the third straight offensive coordinator at Oregon to be promoted to the top job, following Kelly and his predecessor, Mike Bellotti. His promotion leaves an opening for an offensive coordinator, which is rumored to be Frost, currently the Ducks' wide receivers coach.
Sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it had not been announced, said Sunday the school had already promoted Frost to offensive coordinator.
The 38-year-old came to Oregon in 2009 after serving as an assistant at Northern Iowa. He played seven seasons in the NFL after leading Nebraska to a national title as a senior in 1997.
As for Helfrich, the 39-year-old Oregon native signed a five-year deal with the Ducks for a reported $9 million. His promotion does not come as a surprise: Even before Oregon defeated Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, the Ducks' quarterbacks guru was considered the front-runner as Kelly's successor.
“Going forward we will attack in all phases. We'll embrace innovation and we'll strive to do our best to win each and every day,” Helfrich said at a press conference Sunday afternoon where he was supported by players including quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De'Anthony Thomas.
Helfrich became offensive coordinator of the Ducks when Kelly took over four seasons ago. The Ducks have appeared in BCS bowls each of those four years, including an appearance in the national championship game against Auburn in 2011.
Athletic Director Rob Mullens said Oregon had already started the process of finding a replacement for Kelly following the Fiesta Bowl. He said it was important to name a successor quickly, because letter of intent signing day for high school recruits is Feb. 6.
Mullens said there was interest from an “impressive list of coaches for the job.” In the end, he interviewed five candidates.
“We went through the process because we felt it was important to do our due diligence and we kept coming back to Mark,” Mullens said Sunday.
Before joining the Ducks, Helfrich was quarterbacks coach at Colorado from 2006 through 2008. As Oregon's offensive coordinator, he also has been in charge of Oregon's quarterbacks, guiding both Darron Thomas and Mariota, a redshirt freshman.
Te'o to be interviewed by Katie Couric
NEW YORK — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o will be interviewed by Katie Couric, the first on-camera interview given by the All-American since news broke about the dead girlfriend hoax.
Te'o and his parents will appear on Couric's syndicated talk show Thursday. ABC News announced the interview Sunday, but gave no details as to when it will take place and where.
Te'o gave an off-camera interview with ESPN on Friday night. He insists he was the victim of the hoax, not a participant. The Heisman Trophy runner-up told ESPN that the person suspected of being the mastermind of the hoax has contacted him and apologized.
Meanwhile, the person cast as the mastermind of the hoax may tell his side of the story, a family member said Sunday.
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo, uncle of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, said the family plans to hold a meeting this week to determine when and how his nephew would talk about the bizarre prank.
“We want to do it right,” he said, also noting that the family has hired an attorney. He never directly mentioned the hoax or his nephew being involved.
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