Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) – Oregon has rewarded Mark Helfrich with a
five-year contract extension worth at least $17.5 million after the most
successful two-year start for a football coach in school history.
Helfrich, whose Ducks were upset by Ohio State in last month’s national title
game, will be guaranteed $3.15 million next season, with his salary increasing
to a maximum of $3.8 million in the final year of the agreement, the school
said Monday evening.
The extension runs through Jan. 31, 2020. Helfrich, 41, was hired two years
ago to replace Chip Kelly, who left to coach the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
The Ducks are 24-4 and have won two bowl games under Helfrich, who had been
their offensive coordinator since 2009 before his promotion to coach.
“Mark has provided tremendous leadership of our football program and the
values and character that he insists upon are in line with our mission as an
institution,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement.
“The success of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom will
continue with Mark’s leadership and we are thrilled that he will stay at home
in Oregon for a long time to come.”
Helfrich’s extension will automatically be rolled over one year if the Ducks
reach 11 wins in a season, provided one of the wins comes in one of the six
bowl games played on New Year’s Eve and Day under the new College Football
He would owe Oregon $3 million if he leaves for another coaching job before
the second year of the extension is up. The number drops to $2 million prior
to the third and fourth years and $1 million prior to the final year of the