'Not a happy day', 'class act': Ducks community reacts to Helfrich's firing

Ducks fire Mark Helfrich

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon announced the firing of head football coach Mark Helfrich Tuesday night.

Helfrich's status as coach had been up in the air in the days since the Ducks' season-ending loss to the Beavers.

Helfrich went 37-16 in four seasons as head coach but couldn't survive the 4-8 campaign of 2016, the Ducks' first losing season since 2004.

The decision to fire Helfrich wasn't a shocker to many fans, and the majority agreed with the decision, according to a KGW poll. Still, even those who supported his firing wished him the best in his future endeavors.

"This is not a happy day by any means, but a necessary one," said fan Jeff Matthews. "There would be no Mariota at Oregon without Helfrich. All the best to him and his family. He need never work again. Not bad! Go Ducks!"

However, there were some fans that thought the firing was an overreaction to one bad losing season. The Ducks went 11-2, 13-2 and 9-4 in Helfrich's first three seasons.

"37 wins and 16 losses with 3 post season appearances and a national championship game appearance, but no one bad season. Talk about fair weather fans," said fan Josh Manous.

Rich Brooks, who coached the Ducks from 1977-94, called Helfrich a "class act."

"Coach Helfrich is a class act. Tough changed after some great early success. He will on his (feet). Tougher for long tenured staff," Brooks tweeted.

The Oregonian reports players lined up outside of Helfrich's office to tell him thanks after they were told he was fired.

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