After Oregon lost to rival Oregon State 34-24 earlier Saturday to complete their regular season at 4-8, Helfrich told reporters he meant to head out on the recruiting trail Sunday.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly reiterated that he plans to be back as coach of the Fighting Irish after a 45-27 loss to Southern California dropped the Fighting Irish to 4-8, their second-worst record in five decades, and just the 14th time in 128 seasons they have finished with a losing record. Dinich says Ohio St.
But the game might mean something if it has anything to do with OR coach Mark Helfrich's job status. The Beavers finished 3-6 in the North Division to send OR (4-8) into last place at 2-7. "Awesome for Beaver nation", Andersen said. "I was just taking in that moment".
Just two years removed from a Pac-12 championship, Heisman victor and trip to the national championship game, OR finished with a losing record and saw its eight-year Civil War winning streak snapped by the Beavers.
Helfrich said the situation is "less than ideal", as he will try to recruit for OR without knowing his fate.
Oregon and Oregon State both have 2-6 records in conference play, but the stories surrounding those results are decidedly different. This was the fourth season under Kingsbury as the head coach and the second losing season in that time (Kingsbury is 24-26 as a head coach).
OR answered with a 75-yard drive that ended with four straight runs by running back Tony Brooks-James, including a 3-yard scoring run to tie the score 7-7 after the first quarter.
The Oregon State Beavers waited nine years, but finally defeated the Oregon Ducks in the 120th edition of the Civil War, 34-24. No. 6 Wisconsin was followed by Oklahoma, Penn State, Colorado, and USC.
They added that Helfrich has an $11.6 million buyout if he is relieved of his duties, which initially created reservations among OR brass in terms of firing him.
There was lots of shuffling in the Associated Press college football rankings released Sunday, but the two teams at the top remained unchanged.
Nevada and coach Brian Polian have agreed to part ways after four seasons of never breaking.500 in Mountain West Conference games.
Polian is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian. Charlie Partridge is out at Florida Atlantic after three 3-9 seasons. Nall finished with 155 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Helfrich also said "we didn't play well on our side of the ball".
The Wolf Pack completed a 5-7 season with Saturday's win over UNLV.
Although the Ducks were able to kick a field goal, that was the last bit of offense OR would show.
OR scored on their second possession with a 3-yard run by Tony Brooks-James to tie the game at 7-7. OR won against just one team with a winning record this season, and one of their wins came against an FCS team, which means there's even less to be proud of this year.