Oregon to name Mark Helfrich head coach

Chip Kelly may be gone, but Oregon has already brought his "next man up" philosophy into action by promoting offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich to head coach. 

Helfrich, 39, replaced Kelly as Oregon's offensive coordinator when Kelly took the Ducks' head coaching job in 2009, and now follows his predecessor into the big office. A graduate of Southern Oregon, Helfrich's coaching career began as a graduate assistant in 1997 and worked at Boise State, Arizona State and Colorado in between stops at Oregon. 

“What we want is someone who understands the culture that is unique here, not only within our football program but within our community," Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a Wednesday press conference. "We want someone who has proven excellence and that has been around winning programs, who knows what it takes because expectations for this program have shifted. We want to compete for Pac-12 championships and we want to be in BCS bowls and we want someone who understands what it takes from A to Z: from recruiting to creating a culture of academic excellence, to understanding the role of that team in this department and this community, and then of course, on-field success.”

The promotion of Helfrich not only falls in tradition with Kelly's program, but also with Oregon's larger history. Helfrich's hiring continues a string of in-house head coaching hires that began in 1977, and also keeps alive Oregon's streak of hiring a head coach without previous FBS or FCS head coaching experience that has lasted since 1974. 

Helfrich is a two-time winner (2010 & 2012) of FootballScoop's Quarterbacks Coach of the Year

In four years of running the Ducks' attack with Kelly, Oregon never ranked lower than eighth nationally in rushing offense or scoring offense. Helfrich is now charged with finding the next Mark Helfrich, someone to help oversee that speedy talents like Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas continue reaching the end zone in record-breaking fashion. 

Rob Moseley of the Eugene Register-Guard is also reporting that wide receivers coach Scott Frost will replace Helfrich as the Ducks' offensive coordinator. Frost has been Oregon's wide receivers coach since 2009. 

Kliff Kingsbury constructing a coaching staff in his own image

Kliff Kingsbury blew into Lubbock a month ago like a West Texas dust storm and has spent that "fast and furious" month holding together Texas Tech's recruiting class while building his coaching staff. 

In what has to be the first and only occurrence in FBS history, outside receivers coach Sonny Cumbie and inside receivers coach Eric Morris will serve as co-offensive coordinators. Cumbie played quarterback at Texas Tech from 2000-04, and Morris played wide receiver for the Red Raiders from 2004-08. Morris was hired away from Washington State, where he worked under former coach Mike Leach, and Cumbie was retained from Tommy Tuberville's staff. 

"Playing here, being a walk-on and having the success he did, he's what Texas Tech's about," Kingsbury said of Cumbie. "He was coveted by a lot of schools and we were lucky to keep him. The kids love him and he has a great rapport with everybody here. We were lucky to keep him on our staff."

Befitting a young coach returning to his alma mater, Kingsbury has filled his staff largely with young coaches returning to their alma mater. Also befitting a coach that has quickly risen through the coaching ranks (he started his coaching career as a quality control assistant at Houston in 2008), Kingsbury sought to identify a new wave of fast risers to fill his staff.

"I want guys that want to be head coaches. I think that's how you get the greatest work ethic out of them. I want guys that want to move up and become head coaches, and I think they will," said Kingsbury. 

Texas Tech's defensive coordinator will be Matt Wallerstedt, the former linebackers coach at Texas A&M brought to Lubbock by Kingsbury. "I wanted him, Texas A&M wanted him too. They made it tough," he said. "(The defense) going to be multiple, and he'll be aggressive. I know he'll attack and go after people, and that's what I want to match our offense."

Another former Texas Tech wide receiver, Trey Haverty, was brought in from TCU to coach the Red Raiders' safeties and special teams. Mike Smith, a 2004 graduate of Texas Tech, will be Texas Tech's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Kevin Curtis, a 2002 Texas Tech graduate, will coach the team's cornerbacks, bringing the staff's total to six former players (which one has to believe is an FBS high at this time). 

"These guys all had coveted jobs," Kingsbury explained. "Their universities wanted them, but they wanted to come back here."

Filling out the staff: Lee Hays was brought in from Houston to coach the offensive line, Mike Jinks was plucked from the Texas high school ranks to coach running backs, John Scott, Jr., was pulled from Georgia Southern to coach the defensive line, and Chad Dennis joined Kingsbury and Wallerstedt in the exodus from College Station to run the team's strength and conditioning program. 

With the primaries on his staff in place, Kingsbury now just has to close out Texas Tech's 2013 recruiting class, kick-start the 2014 class and plan spring football. 

"I know it will be later than y'all are probably used to," Kingsbury said. "We want to get them into the weight room for an extended time, and we want them to learn the offense and get them in meetings."

Above: Scott Roussel (FootballScoop), Kliff Kingsbury, Bob Thomas (President - ProGrass)

Let's try this again: Big East re-releases 2013 home/away schedules

The Big East initially released its 2013 home-away schedules back on December 11. In the weeks since, Boise State and San Diego State have left the league, and the league has reportedly begun discussions with Tulsa and Massachusetts could be next. 

In the meantime, the Big East has re-released its 2013 home-away schedules before anything can change again. With now just 10 teams, the divisional format has been dropped until Tulane and East Carolina join in 2014. Got it?

Central Florida
HOME: Connecticut, Houston, Rutgers, South Florida
AWAY: Louisville, Memphis, SMU, Temple

 Connecticut, Louisville, SMU, Temple
AWAY: Houston, Memphis, Rutgers, South Florida

 Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, South Florida
AWAY: Central Florida, Cincinnati, SMU, Temple

 Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU, South Florida
AWAY: Central Florida, Louisville, Rutgers, Temple

Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, Rutgers
AWAY: Cincinnati, Connecticut, South Florida, Temple

 Central Florida, Cincinnati, SMU, Temple
AWAY: Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, South Florida

Cincinnati, Houston, South Florida, Temple
AWAY: Central Florida, Connecticut, Louisville, SMU

Central Florida, Connecticut, Rutgers, Temple
AWAY: Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, South Florida

South Florida
Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, SMU
AWAY: Central Florida, Connecticut, Houston, Rutgers

Central Florida, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville
AWAY: Cincinnati, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU

Forbes: Big Ten nets highest revenue, Big 12 tops in per school earnings

Forbes Magazine has provided a look at the revenue each of the five biggest conferences is projected to net in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Big Ten is the richest conference with $310 million coming in: $250 million from television, $40 million from bowl games and $20 million from NCAA tournaments. 

The Pac-12 is not far behind at $303 million ($250 million from television, $39 million from bowls and $14 million from NCAA tournaments). The ACC is next at a sum of $293 million.

The Big 12 will take in the lowest haul at $262 million but its 10 members will net the highest per school revenue ($26.2 million), just ahead of the Big Ten ($25.8 million) and the Pac-12 ($25.3 million).

Surprisingly, the SEC is fourth among the big five leagues at $270 million in total revenue. Its 14 members will receive "only" $19.3 million per school, more than $5 million below the fourth-place ACC's $24.4 million. With a new television network in the works and contract negotiations with CBS and ESPN on the way, Mike Slive's league doesn't figure to remain in the basement for long. 

Here is the list, provided by Kansas City Star.

Projected 2012-13 revenue by conference

Conference Big Ten Pac-12 ACC SEC Big 12
Total $310 million $303 million $293 million $270 million $262 million
Bowl games $40 million $39 million $35 million $50 million $42 million
NCAA tournaments $20 million $14 million $17 million $15 million $20 million
TV revenue $250 million $250 million $240 million $205 million $200 million
Per school $25.8 million $25.3 million $24.4 million $19.3 million $26.2 million

Source: Forbes

VIDEO: Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State take the next step

Oklahoma State's recent video opens by asking "Are you ready to take the next step?" The question is pointed at Oklahoma State's recruits, we are inside of three weeks from National Signing Day after all, but it could also be posed to the program itself.

After spending the better part of a decade bouncing between four and nine wins, Gundy's team broke through in 2010 with an 11-2 season and a top 10 final ranking in the Coaches Poll. A year later, Oklahoma State won its first Big 12 title, beat Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally. The Cowboys naturally took a step back to 8-5 this season but are seen by many prognosticators as the favorite to win the Big 12 again in 2013.

As he not coincidentally sits in front of the jerseys of former Cowboys in the NFL, Gundy lists off the litany of aspects he has to tell about his program, "Our players have won 41 games over the past four years (this was shot before the 2012 season).... There's no questions we have terrific facilities here at Oklahoma State. Our strength and conditioning facility is almost 20,000 square feet...We've had five first-rounders in the last four years here at Oklahoma State....We wear a different uniform for each game. We made a decision to be different than the other schools that are in this part of the country." A lot to sell, indeed.

Not to mention, the Oklahoma State video people put together a sharp video to go around Gundy's interview. Well done.

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