Mark Helfrich Fired: Twitter Reacts to Oregon’s Decision to Fire Head Coach

Mark Helfrich Fired: Twitter Reacts to Oregon's Decision to Fire Head Coach

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The Oregon Ducks fired head coach Mark Helfrich on Tuesday following a 4-8 season littered with losses to Pac-12 competition, and the internet was abuzz once the decision became public.

Not only did the announcement itself warrant an outpouring of reaction, but a press release—which seemingly took shots at Helfrich and the Ducks’ down season—also caught the attention of fans and writers across Twitter.

Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel was among the first to point out the press release was not exactly kind to Helfrich:

ESPN The Magazine‘s Ryan McGee and Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer provided their takes on the statement:

After the story went viral, editor Rob Moseley came out with an apologetic message:

And now that the Oregon job is open, the focus quickly turned to a potential reunion between Chip Kelly and the program the current San Francisco 49ers boss helped build into a Pac-12 power:

Here’s a look at the best of the rest reactions:

Though Helfrich’s four-year tenure in Eugene ended with a whimper, he went 37-16 and led the Ducks to the national title game during the 2014 season.

Based on that track record and his pedigree of four years as offensive coordinator under Kelly, Helfrich should be an attractive coaching commodity for teams in need of fresh starts.