Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/23/13
Oregon's new coach painted different strokes with different brushes than their last one. Mark Helfrich was formally introduced as the new Oregon Ducks head football coach Sunday afternoon in Eugene, leading off his era with a press conference in which the new main man on campus was personable, humble, friendly, affable and reasonable. In his opening salvo, Helfrich talked about contrasts with Kelly, growing up playing catch in Autzen Stadium and, touchingly, about his father, a life-long Ducks fan who passed away on the morning of the Arizona game in 2011. But I only took in one thought Helfrich had to share, one sentiment on a day when many fantastic sentiments were offered by the Ducks new head coach: “Coaching at Oregon is the pinnacle for me,” Helfrich said. “… This is a special place to me. We talked about a lifetime contract; we were not able to get that done, but maybe we’ll earn that here down the road.” Mark Helfrich is 39. He's got his dream job. He's grounded, devoted...
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