Helfrich New Oregon Head Man

It's official.

Mark Helfrich will become Oregon's new head coach.

Only days after Chip Kelly left Eugene to accept the head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ducks have made their move and it's one that most generally expected: CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman is reporting Oregon has hired Mark Helfrich.

DuckTerritory.com was able to confirm earlier in the evening that Oregon held a team meeting with all current players and assistants to inform them of the status of Oregon's coaches.

After conducting a battery of interviews with potential candidates on Thursday and Friday, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens made the call for Helfrich over the weekend.

Prior to arriving in Eugene as offensive coordinator in 2009, Helfrich, 39, enjoyed stints as the quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2005) before adding the title of offensive coordinator at Colorado, where Helfrich coached from 2006 to 2008.

Helfrich got his start in the coaching profession in 1997, where he spent a season as a graduate assistant at Oregon following a successful collegiate quarterback career at Southern Oregon (1992-1995).

In his four seasons as offensive coordinator at Oregon under Kelly, Helfrich helped direct one of college football's most potent offenses, averaging 44.7 points, 283.4 rushing yards and 500.7 yards of total offense per game.

Born in Medford, Oregon on October 28, 1973, the 1992 Marshfield (Coos Bay) High School graduate and his wife, Megan, are the parents of one son, Max, and one daughter, Maggie.

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