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Oregon Finds Coach Close to Home

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EUGENE — Mark Helfrich, a Coos Bay native who grew up rooting for the Ducks, was emotional, self-deprecating and witty during a press conference Sunday afternoon that introduced him as Oregon's 32nd head football coach.

"I've been the luckiest man in the world," Helfrich said. "... Coaching Oregon is the pinnacle for me."

Helfrich, 39, succeeds Chip Kelly, who left the Ducks on Wednesday to coach the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

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