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Oregon Ducks fire Mark Helfrich after first losing season in over a decade


NCAA Football: Oregon at California Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Pac-12 will have at least one job opening in the 2016-17 offseason. Mark Helfrich is out at Oregon.

It’s not known yet who will replace Helfrich as the new Ducks head coach, although an impressive list of names have been floated.

The Oregon Ducks have not had a losing season since 2004. Their second losing season before that was 1993. Both seasons, Oregon went 5-6, basically on the border of bowl eligibility. This is definitely the worst season for the Ducks in quite some time.

It’s clear that Cal is going to be facing five competitive Pac-12 North programs for the foreseeable future, so if Sonny Dykes ends up returning, he’ll have to make the right changes in the coaching staff to ensure the Bears don’t fall behind the pack.

Cal fans, your thoughts on Helfrich’s departure?