Mark Helfrich, previously the team's offensive coordinator, will coach the Oregon football team. He replaces Chip Kelly, who left last week to coach the NFL Philadelphia Eagles.
Offensive coordinator Helfrich
is promoted to coach at Oregon
The Oregon Ducks wasted little time finding a replacement for Chip Kelly, promoting offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich to coach Sunday.
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Kelly left Eugene to become coach of the NFL Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday for a five-year deal worth a reported $32.5 million.
Helfrich, 39, is the third consecutive offensive coordinator at Oregon to be promoted to coach, following the path of Kelly and Mike Bellotti.
Helfrich has a five-year contract with the Ducks for a reported $9 million. He became offensive coordinator when Kelly took over four seasons ago; the Ducks appeared in a BCS bowl game in each of those seasons.
“Going forward, we will attack in all phases. We’ll embrace innovation and we’ll strive to do our best to win each and every day,” Helfrich said at a news conference where he was supported by players, including quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De’Anthony Thomas.
Sources said wide-receivers coach Scott Frost, 38, will replace Helfrich as offensive coordinator.
Oregon, ranked second in the final Associated Press media poll, finished 12-1 last season.
Helfrich won’t be exactly like Kelly.
“I won’t wear a visor,” Helfrich said. “I’ll eat more vegetables.”
Te’o to be interviewed by Couric
Ex-Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o will answer questions from Katie Couric in the first on-camera interview given by the All-American since news broke about the dead-girlfriend hoax last week.
Te’o, 21, and his parents will appear on Couric’s syndicated talk show Thursday. ABC News announced the interview Sunday, but gave no details as to when or where it will take place.
Te’o gave an off-camera interview to ESPN on Friday. He insisted he was the victim of the hoax, not a participant. The Heisman Trophy runner-up said he had an online romance with a woman he never met and in September was informed the woman died of leukemia.
Te’o told ESPN the person suspected of being the mastermind of the hoax, 22-year-old Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, has contacted him and apologized.
Former Miami coach Fraser dies
Ron Fraser, who coached Miami to College World Series titles in 1982 and 1985, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 79.
Fraser had a 1,271-438-9 record with the Hurricanes from 1963 through 1992 and never had a losing season. He guided Miami to the College World Series 12 times.
Fraser’s starting salary was $2,200. His first office was a converted shower and the field once was a cow pasture.
“The impact he had on our university, on college baseball and on the game itself worldwide is immeasurable,” acting Miami athletic director Blake James said.
Fraser’s legacy will be, as he once said, his penchant for “doing crazy things out there.”
He raffled car batteries, hosted bikini nights, threw nine-course gourmet dinners on the Hurricanes’ infield, even is credited for helping bring bat girls into the college game. If any idea to drum up interest or money for his program came his way, Fraser wanted to make it happen.
“No one did it better and it taught us that if you believe in something, you can be successful,” said Texas’ Augie Garrido, the NCAA Division I coaching-victories leader.
Fraser was a driving force in getting college baseball on national television.
“Coach Fraser is the most influential person in my career and the man who put college baseball on the map,” current Miami coach Jim Morris said last year. “He is like a father to me.”
Tottenham, Man U play to draw
American Clint Dempsey scored during stoppage time, giving host Tottenham a 1-1 draw with English Premier League-leading Manchester United in snowy conditions.
After 23 matches, Manchester United has 56 points and second-place Manchester City has 51. Tottenham, which outshot Manchester United 23-6, is fourth with 41 points.
• Skier Felix Neureuther of Germany won a World Cup slalom in Wengen, Switzerland, defeating overall leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
Neureuther made up a deficit of 0.05 seconds from the first run to beat Hirscher, a training partner, by 0.21 seconds and deny him a fourth straight slalom victory. Neureuther had a two-run time of 1 minute, 50.53 seconds.
Will Brandenburg of Spokane did not qualify for a second run.
• Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won a shortened World Cup super-giant slalom amid heavy snow in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in 1:16.45.
Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria was second, 0.33 seconds behind, and overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia took third. Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., placed seventh and lost her lead in the Super-G standings; she is four points behind Maze.
• Ex-figure skater Michelle Kwan, 32, a winner of two Olympic medals, and Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell, 31, were married in Providence, R.I.
Kwan is a public-policy envoy with the Department of State.
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