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Oregon Kind Of Trashed Mark Helfrich In Its Press Release About His Firing

Oregon made the move to fire head coach Mark Helfrich last night. Ultimately, that wasn't a surprise.

What did make some people do a double-take was the wording at the end of the program's press release announcing the move.

As press releases typically go--and most are of the cookie-cutter variety--this one seemed particularly harsh to the deposed head coach. In it, Oregon took aim at Helfrich's inability to recruit the quarterback position and penchant for going for two-point conversions, among other things.

Helrich 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.

On Twitter, a slew of people took notice of the UO press release. Some criticized it for its harshness, while others just remarked on how odd it was.

The press release has since been edited, and editor Rob Moseley, an Oregon alum and former newspaper reported, apologized for the original copy.

Now that that's behind us, we can focus totally on who Oregon will hire next. Certainly this is an attractive job and a number of big-time candidates will emerge.