Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/25/13
Keeping it in the family The Oregon Ducks knew who their next head coach was going to be even before Chip Kelly made his decision to leave. According to George Schroeder from USA Today Sports, the University of Oregon planned to promote offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich if Kelly spurned them for the NFL. Sure enough, Kelly is gone, and Helfrich has become the new face of the team from Eugene. But while the team knew who their guy was going to be, the question becomes, did they make the right choice? Helfrich doesn’t have a ton of experience, but then again, neither did Kelly. The higher-ups at Oregon seem to know what they’re doing, and there are a few big reasons to believe in the decision they’ve made heading into the 2013 season. Mark Helfrich will replace Chip Kelly as the head coach at Oregon. (Photo: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports) Familiarity If the Ducks had hired a bigger name from outside the program, you could kiss goodbye everything Chip Kelly worked to establish. It’s tru...
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