You knew this wasn’t going to end well when it didn’t happen on Sunday.
On Tuesday evening, Oregon finally parted ways with head football coach Mark Helfrich with a statement. That statement was a rather scathing indictment of the now fired head coach. Look at the last few paragraphs of said statement below:
Helfrich helped recruit and groom quarterback Marcus Mariota, who won the 2014 Heisman Trophy while leading the Ducks to the title game. But the Ducks had to rely on graduate transfers entering both 2015 and 2016.
Vernon Adams Jr. helped Oregon reach the 2015 Alamo Bowl but was hurt just before halftime, and could only watch as the Ducks squandered a 31-0 lead. Dakota Prukop won twice to open 2016 before giving way to true freshman Justin Herbert in the midst of an ensuing five-game losing streak.
Oregon’s first loss of 2016 was at Nebraska, a 35-32 defeat in which the Ducks went for two after all five of their touchdowns and converted once. The next week, Pac-12 play began with a loss to Colorado in which the Ducks allowed 41 points and threw an interception on a potential game-winning TD pass in the final minute.
The recently completed season also included one-sided losses to Washington (70-21), Southern California (45-20) and Stanford (52-27). An upset of No. 11 Utah on Nov. 19 kept alive Oregon’s hopes of making a bowl despite a 5-7 record, but the loss in Corvallis ended that.
Here’s a quick recap of that:
Was… was all of that necessary? They couldn’t have just left it at “We feel he didn’t get the job done, thank you for your time”? Did they really have to go into detail on every little thing that went wrong?
The fact that Oregon waited until Tuesday to fire Helfrich and then they do this… that’s just a terrible look for the university. Considering that Helfrich had been with the Ducks for nearly a decade as an assistant and head coach, he deserved better than being eviscerated by his own school like that.