Jan 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks center Tony Woods (55) drives against UCLA Bruins forward Travis Wear (24) during the game at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Weekend Roundup: Oregon Expected to name Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich as Next Head Coach/Ducks Basketball Sweeps USC/UCLA


Oregon has done it’s due diligence toward the state and has interviewed several minority candidates for it’s head coaching position since Chip Kelly departed for the Philadelphia Eagles. According to reports from George Schroeder from USA Today and Bruce Feldman from CBS the Ducks will name Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich Oregon’s next head football coach, possibly as early as today.

The Register Guard reported that Receivers Coach Scott Frost would move up to Offensive Coordinator, this keeping much of the Ducks assistant coaches in house moving forward. Last week Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti was offered the job at USC for the same job he does for the Ducks, he declined and will remain with Oregon.

The Helfrich rise to Head Coach continues a succession plan that Oregon has had in place for nearly thirty five years (Brooks to Bellotti, Bellotti to Kelly, Kelly to Helfrich) for hiring for the position in house. By keeping with tradition, one incoming recruit, Thomas Tyner, said it was like nothing has changed and with National Recruiting day just around the corner the Ducks may be able to save some of the possible recruits from jumping ship by making this hire quickly.

At the time of writing this, there were no Press Conferences scheduled by the University.

Oregon Basketball Rolls USC/UCLA Over The Weekend, Ailing Woods scores 18 in 25 minutes vs Bruins

It has been nearly forty years since the Ducks have started a season in the Pac 12 like this. Now 4-0 in confererence play after beating USC and UCLA(76-67) over the weekend, ailing Oregon Senior Tony Woods in 25 minutes Saturday against the Bruins scored 18 points to lead the Ducks. Arslan Kazemi added 12 points and had 11 rebounds. It was another team win for Oregon on who now returns home as co leaders of the Pac 12 and look to continue their home winning streak which could hit twenty with wins this week vs the Washington schools. The Ducks host Washington State on Wednesday at 6:30, (Pac 12 Networks), and Washington Saturday at 4pm, (Pas 12 Networks)

Justin Phillips is the Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW-AM in Eugene Oregon. Follow him here and also follow @Autzen_Zoo on Twitter.

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