Despite rumors of imminent termination, Mark Helfrich is still the head coach of the Oregon Ducks football team and will be, until at least Wednesday, November 30.
Oregon finished the season on Saturday, losing to Oregon State 34-24. The loss dropped Oregon to 4-8 for the season and 2-8 in conference play. This comes just two years after Helfrich led the Ducks to the National Championship game against Ohio State in January 2014. That Duck team finished the season 13-2. The 13 wins is the most ever recorded by an Oregon football team.
Rumor of Helfrich's dismissal have been around all season long and have heated up after the Ducks lost badly to both Washington State and Washington.
eDuck.com had heard from sources very familiar with the situation inside the Athletic Department that is was unlikely a change in the head coaching position if there was any improvement shown in the program and with wins over Arizona State and Utah, it appeared that the Helfrich's job was safe; although just before the Utah game a source indicated that Oregon had extended an offer to Tom Herman, but no confirmation of that particular piece of information ever materialized.
During the middle of the game preparation week for Oregon State, more information came from additional sources indicated that despite the win over Oregon State, Helfrich would be fired after the Oregon State game. Then on Friday evening, the night before the Civil War, the sources said that Helfrich would indeed remain head coach.
On Saturday, the same day as the Civil War, Herman was hired by Texas to replace Charlie Strong. Following the loss to Oregon State, main stream media began asserting that a coaching search had begun and Helfrich's firing was again imminent.
Yet, on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Pacific the only thing we really know is that , Mark Helfrich said he called Rob Mullens to discuss the situation, and due to scheduling conflicts a meeting between he and Mullens would not take place until Wednesday.
An Update to this story:
On Sunday afternoon Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens issued this statement through the Oregon Athletic Departments' Media Services office:
“Now that our season is complete, I will evaluate all aspects of our football program, as I do with all of our sports after their seasons have ended. That evaluation includes meeting with Coach Helfrich in the coming days to discuss the future of Oregon football.”