"I feel we have a ton of support," Helfrich said for the support he has from the Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens. "The most support we have is the players, and we need to play better; ...I'll shield them from all the negativity and their job is come out with the attitude to get better and to improve."
Helfrich also announced that junior defensive lineman Ratu Mafileo has retired due to medical reasons. Mafileo had not played in any games since transferring to Oregon from the College of San Mateo in July.
The Oregon headman also addressed some comments made last week by two players that had indicated that several players on the roster were no interested in winning. Helfrich categorized the comments as being from "competitive" young men that were "frustrated" with the team's performance and that he didn't believe the issues were as large as some would imagine.
Oregon will next play California on Friday, Oct. 21 at Memorial Stadium in on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley. The game will be broadcast on ESPN with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.