The Helfrich Era Begins

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EUGENE, Ore. — “Win the Day” was the motto for Duck football in the Coach Kelly era, but the University of Oregon Athletics Department says the motto–and everything it stood for–will likely stick around under the new coach Mark Helfrich.

When it comes to next season, the strategy seems pretty simple.

“If it’s not broke, you don’t fix it,” said Andy McNamara, Assistant Athletics Director.

Helfrich is expected to carry on the Ducks’ famous brand of college football. The flash, the speed, and the scoring should all make a return for the 2013 campaign.

“We scored 645 points this year, and the goal next year will be 646,” McNamara said.

The philosophy is returning and so are the huge expectations. Helfrich is taking the reins of a team that still feels like it should have been playing for a national title.

“There’s still room to grow here. We’re close to the top, but we haven’t gotten all the way there yet,” McNamara said.

Even with a transition, students seem more confident than ever that the Ducks are headed for a big year.

For the Ducks, it’s simply the next man up, and no one seems to think that should be a problem for Helfrich.

A new head coach is certainly no small change for the Ducks, but everyone expects it to be business as usual in 2013.

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