The Oregon Ducks announced Tuesday that they have fired coach Mark Helfrich after four seasons, marking the first time the school has fired their coach in 40 years. His 37-16 record wasn’t enough, after the team finished this season at 4-8. Helfrich is owed $11.6M by the school under the terms of his contract, signed after the 2014 season.
Helfrich took over the head coaching job after Chip Kelly left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles following the 2013 season. He had been the team’s offensive coordinator from 2009-2012.
Helrich led the Ducks to a 11-2 finish in 2013, finishing the season with an Alamo Bowl victory over Texas, finishing ranked #9 in the country. The next year, the team went 13-2, losing the first College Football Playoff championship game to Ohio State 42-20, finishing the season as the #2 team. The Ducks slid to 9-4 last season, with a 47-41 Alamo Bowl loss to TCU with a #20 ranking. This season, Oregon lost eight of their last ten games on the year.
Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck and Boise State’s Bryan Harsin are early favorites in the Ducks’ head coaching search.