Mark Helfrich is out after four seasons as the head coach at Oregon, leaving one of the most interesting positions in college football open and speeding up what was a relatively slow college football coaching carousel.
So who is going to be the next man at Nike U?
Here are several options.
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The former Oregon coach was fired by the Eagles last year and is now mired in a miserable season in San Francisco.
He's expressed his love for the NFL and how he hated some of the responsibilities of college football (recruiting, dealing with teenagers), but a bad divorce with the Eagles and a year with the 49ers might have changed his mind.
Would Chip come back?
Would Oregon want him back? The Ducks might want to go in a new direction.
Don't forget, he left the school with a two-year show-cause penalty. That has expired but still stains his incredible collegiate résumé.
The UCF head coach took a winless team to 6-6 in a single season — his first as a head coach.
He was Helfrich's offensive coordinator and has shown he has the head coaching chops to land a job like Oregon.
Would Oregon want to continue the Kelly-Helfrich line?
Would Frost leave a good job like UCF after only one season?
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The Boise State head coach has carried on the excellence set forward by Dan Hawkins and continued by Chris Petersen in Idaho.
And considering Petersen's success at Washington, Oregon has to be interested in Harsin.
Add in the fact that Harsin has done an excellent job recruiting good players to a Northwest state that doesn't have in-state talent (just like Oregon) and you can see the fit.
He's the offensive coordinator of the best team in the nation, Alabama, and has recruited the West Coast, and specifically the all-important Los Angeles area, exceptionally in the past.
If it was anyone but Lane Kiffin, this might be a no-brainer.
But, well, it is Lane Kiffin.
The Florida coach is is a Montana native and spent the early years of his career in the Pacific Northwest.
The former Alabama OC and Colorado State head coach has been linked to this job since before it became open.
But this is a question that applies to only Oregon: Is he cool enough?
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The Western Michigan head coach, 36, has the Broncos on the verge of going to a New Year's Six bowl – an incredible accomplishment considering the state of the WMU program when he took it over.
He's young, excitable, and he's one of the best recruiters in the nation, and he'll be a perfect culture fit for Oregon. He's definitely cool enough.
But is he ready for the big step up? Western Michigan to Oregon is a big jump.
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West Virginia’s Holgorsen is as creative as any offensive mind in college football. Oregon likes to think of itself as cutting-edge thinkers and Holgorsen would fit that. He’s got an edge, too. Holgorsen has WVU on the brink of a 10-win season in a league in which they’re in the bottom half, in terms of resources. They’re 9-2 despite Holgorsen not getting security from his AD, who had the chance last year to extend him.
The Oakland Raiders OC hasn’t coached in college in 15 years since a short stint as Virginia's OC under Al Groh, but he’s an Oregon product and is well thought of and has done a terrific job grooming Derek Carr in the Oakland rebuild. Problem is he’ll be tied up probably for the next two months or so.
The Colorado coach is in the midst of a special year, having led CU to the Pac-12 South title, going 10-2. This is the second time MacIntyre has turned around a dismal situation and had big success. His first stop was flipping San Jose State. He’s got a senior-laden team at CU and if he’s gonna leave, after the Pac-12 title game might be a decent time for it. Word is MacIntyre also is a strong candidate at Baylor.
The Mississippi State coach had a down year at 5-7, but he has by far the toughest job in the SEC West. He’s 60-42 in eight seasons with two Top 25 finishes. He also has repeatedly shown he’s an excellent offensive coach and helped develop Dak Prescott, among others. Mullen has looked around before, having twice interviewed for the Miami vacancies.
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Ohio State DC Greg Schiano has helped turn an extremely young OSU defense into a formidable group. Schiano previously worked wonders at Rutgers, turning a punch line of a program into a respectable one, and also produced extremely strong results with RU’s teams academically.