Helfrich receives exension

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has received a contract extension according to the university.

The University of Oregon has extended the contract of head coach Mark Helfrich according to a report released released by the school on Monday afternoon.

According to the details, Helfrich is guaranteed $17.5 million over five years and will make $3.15 million during the 2015 season. His salary increases on a sliding scale up to $3.8 million during the final year of the contract in 2019-20.

If Helfrich decides to take a job elsewhere, he’ll owe the program $3 million if he leaves before the end of the second year of the contract, $2 million for the third and fourth years, and $1 million if he bolts before the final year of the deal.

Helfrich can guarantee himself a one-year rollover with an 11-win season that includes a victory in one of the New Year’s Six bowl games (Cotton, Fiesta, Rose, Orange, Sugar, Peach).

Since taking over for Chip Kelly, Helfrich has guided the program to 24 wins in his two seasons at the helm for Oregon. This year, the Ducks won a school record 13 games and a Pac-12 Championship, including a decisive 59-20 victory over then-defending National Champion Florida State in the Rose Bowl that sent them to their second national championship game appearance in four seasons.

Helfrich, an Coos Bay native who played at Southen Oregon University, took over as the offensive coordinator for the Ducks in 2009. He was the offensive coordinator at Colorado from 2006-2008, and was the quarterbacks coach at Arizona State and Boise State before that. He started his coaching career at Oregon in 1997 as a graduate assistant.

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