Mark Helfrich: 'If my legacy is to maintain … I'm happy with that'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 23, 2013
Mark Helfrich isn't worried about his legacy.
The Oregon native who was recently promoted to head coach of the Ducks is perfectly fine with being viewed as a coach who keeps the ship in the right direction.
He joined ESPN's College Football Live and was asked about the direction of the program. Mike Bellotti took over the program from Rich Brooks and built it into a consistent winner. Chip Kelly took over and made it one of the nation's elite program.
Helfrich doesn't mind being viewed as a person who just needs need to keep things going in the right direction.
"I'm good with that," he said. "I'm all about we, us and our and this is our program. It's the University of Oregon's program. It's our fans' program. We've built it into a national brand, and that's something that is very exciting.
"If my legacy is I do nothing but maintain and hopefully put that on an uptick, I'd be more than happy with that."
And there should be nothing wrong with maintaining. Oregon has reached four straight BCS games. The foundation to win as been set, and Helfrich knows that.
"It's exciting. It's a tremendous challenge, obviously, with the success we've had," he said. "It's something that we want to continue. We know the formula for that. We know the process that leads to that. We don't think about (another) BCS game, we think about having a great season.
"The exciting part is we have eight coaches on staff that were a part of that last year and the previous three. Having that continuity is something that is huge."
Below is Helfirch's media availability from earlier in the week.
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