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Mark Helfrich Named Oregon’s Head Coach

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0  Updated at 2:54 am, January 21st, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Oregon promoted offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich to head coach Sunday.

The 39-year-old Helfrich has served the last four seasons as Oregon’s offensive coordinator. He signed a five-year-deal that is worth a reported $9 million.

“It’s an honor for me to be chosen as the caretaker of Oregon football,” Helfrich said at a news conference. “It’s a job that is certainly bigger than any one person, one player or one team. Thank you again, and go Ducks.”

Helfrich becomes Oregon’s third straight offensive coordinator to be promoted to the head coaching position.

He takes over for Chip Kelly who left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly led the Ducks to four straight BCS bowl games in his four years as coach.

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