To the surprise of absolutely no one, Oregon will name offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich as its new head coach at 1 p.m., replacing Chip Kelly. As the linked story notes, Scott Frost — maybe one of the few college quarterbacks to ever beat UW in two different uniforms (Stanford 1994, Nebraska 1997) — will take over as offensive coordinator. And with only one Oregon assistant so far known to be going with Kelly, it sounds as if the staff will be kept essentially intact.
That will likely mitigate the impact of Kelly’s departure on Oregon’s recruiting class.
Here are some quick thoughts from John Canzano of The Oregonian on what Helfrich’s promotion means.
And speaking of Kelly, Adam Schefter reported today he will get $32.5 million over five years from the Eagles.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Former Husky Dashon Goldson could have a huge matchup in the NFC title game today against Atlanta TE Tony Gonzalez. Goldson is attempting to become the first Husky to play in a Super Bowl since Mark Brunell for New Orleans in 2010.
— Desmond Trufant will participate in the Senior Bowl practices and game this week. Here’s one look at where he stands in relation with all of the cornerbacks available as the week begins.
— As noted in the Friday post, UW’s recruiting visitors this week were all players already committed. So there may not be any real “news” regarding UW recruiting coming out of this weekend.
— Safety Mason Stone of Mountlake Terrace, who had been considering walking on at UW, will instead take a scholarship at Idaho.
— A New York Daily News columnist says Kelly should also pay if Oregon gets significant penalties.
— RealDawg.com reports distance was the reason JC DT Lavon Hooks didn’t come to UW.
— Oregon State might not sign any recruits from the state of Oregon this year.
— Here’s a more in-depth look at the rules changes made by the NCAA Saturday.