June 24, 2024

It is a wonderful honor to have served as the University of Oregon’s head football coach. We receive your decision with both respect and disappointment. Simply put, we did not win enough games this season.

First and foremost, thank you to my wife, Megan, and our family, as well as the fans, the campus community, the board, our contributors, and the administration. It is impossible to express my gratitude to our coaches, staff, and their families for the environment in which we get to work every day.

Mark Helfrich fired: Oregon football coach victim of success - Sports  Illustrated

Finally, thank you and I adore you, players. This young, brilliant team has a bright future ahead of them, and we will be there to assist them and their new leadership.

On November 26, Dan Wolken and George Schroeder of USA Today reported that Oregon “has made preparations for a coaching search.”

Wolken and Schroeder also stated that Helfrich has a $11.6 million buyout, which initially raised concerns among Oregon brass about terminating him.

They were hopeful that the Ducks’ 30-28 win against then-No. 11 Utah in Week 12 would be enough to entice him to return for a fifth season.

The loss against Oregon State on Saturday, however, brought Oregon’s record to 4-8 in 2016, by far the worst number under Helfrich’s time with the program.

The Ducks went 33-8 in his first three years as coach, including a Rose Bowl victory and a national title appearance in 2014.

However, Oregon’s defensive troubles made the program unsustainable. The Ducks defense is rated 126th in the country, allowing 42.1 points per game on average. That is an awful statistic for a team that started the season rated in the Top 25 and expected to win the Pac-12.

Oregon is now seeking for a new coach to help improve one of the worst defenses in NCAA football.

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