Mark Helfrich met the media today as Oregon's new head coach, and made a strong impression with his sincerity and enthusiasm for the job.
"This is the pinnacle for me," he said. Welcome words to an Oregon fan base and donor group after Chip Kelly's year-long flirtation with the NFL and double reverse departure this Wednesday. In the 39-year-old Helfrich the Ducks got an Oregon native whose father was a lifelong Duck fan, who met his wife while she attended school at UO, and whose family and friends have deep ties to the state and the Webfoot tradition.
Helfrich joked about a lifetime contract. But there are other benefits besides continuity and commitment. After all, now that he's hired, can he succeed? Oregon football has reached a level where success means competing for conference and national championships consistently, not just when the school has a special senior class.
These are the benefits to the Helfrich hire, and together they provide a sound basis for continued success...