When college football coaching staffs expand to 10, could former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich join Tom Herman’s staff at Texas?
That rumor has started to spread in recent days. Mark Helfrich was previously the head coach at Oregon from 2013-2016, after being promoted from the offensive coordinator role following Chip Kelly’s departure to the NFL.
Helfrich led Oregon to the national championship game in his second year as head coach, falling to Ohio State in the first College Football Playoff. However, after a 4-8 record two years later, he was fired.
He currently works as a college football analyst for FOX Sports, but with the expansion of staffs around the country, there are definitely some programs that would like to add his offensive expertise. As the Austin American-Statesman points out, he shares an agent with Herman. Writer Brian Davis asked new Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte about the rumor. He says that it is just that, a rumor.
“Tom and I have not had any discussion about it,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said Saturday. “As far as the rumors being bantered around, those are just rumors. Tom and I have not had any discussions about who the possible 10th coach could be.”
With a 37-16 overall record as head coach, Helfrich should get another shot to lead a program, and hopping on with a rising program like Texas could be a nice move to get that process underway. We’ll have to wait to see if Herman brings him aboard.
Programs will be allowed to expand to 10 on-field coaches in January. Expect some interesting hires in the coming days.