EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon released a video Wednesday of three football players reacting after their head coach, Mark Helfrich, was fired.
Linebacker Troy Dye, offensive lineman Doug Brenner and defensive back Brady Breeze all said they were disappointed in the decision, but they would do their best to move forward.
Background: Oregon fires head coach Mark Helfrich
"Obviously nobody's looking forward to a head coach getting fired, because he was such a big role model to so many of us," Breeze said. "A father figure, and one of the main reasons a lot of these guys came here."
"It's difficult," Dye added. "He's the guy that recruited me, came into my house, told my family he had my back. And I had his back. It hurts a little bit. But it's business and it happens and I understand it."
He said the team will strive for greatness with the new head coach, whomever that may be.
"It's all kind of happened really fast," Brenner explained. "We got the text at 6:38 that we were going to have a team meeting at 7. And then it all happened. We're definitely going to have to get together as a team moving forward."
Helfrich met Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens to discuss his future Tuesday night and left the meeting without a job. Internal discussions about the program began before Saturday’s Civil War loss to Oregon State University, according to USA TODAY Sports.