Chip Kelly

After firing Mark Helfrich, Oregon turns to the future

It has been 40 years since Oregon fired a head coach. That was also the last time the Ducks went outside the program to fill the spot.

Now Oregon is again looking beyond its current staff following the dismissal of coach Mark Helfrich.

Athletic director Rob Mullens told players that he would be hitting the road on Wednesday and moving quickly to make a hire. Oregon has hired an executive search firm to aid in the process.

"We're going to look far and wide. We're going to have a broad, diverse pool of candidates," Mullens said. "We want somebody who embraces the student experience, who understands the high expectations at the University of Oregon, who...