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Ducks players react to UO firing Mark Helfrich

Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich walks off the field with an Oregon State Trooper and one of his players, redshirt freshman Sean Killpatrick (#31). The Oregon State University Beavers hosted the 120th Civil War against the University of Oregon Ducks on Saturday afternoon at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. The Oregon State Beavers beat the Oregon Ducks 34-24 breaking an eight-year losing streak. Photo by Austin Hicks, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. – The Mark Helfrich era is over after the University of Oregon fired its head football coach Tuesday night. Now, the school is on the hunt for a new leader.

Meanwhile, the football team is still coping with the news.

Offensive lineman Doug Brenner joined the Ducks in 2013 when Helfrich was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach.

“Last night after Helf talked to us, Rob Mullens came in and talked to us and he, his main message was he wanted to reassure us that he was going to do a really good job and that he was going to find us a really good coach,” he said.

Linebacker Troy Dye had a standout freshman season leading the team in tackles.

“He's a guy that recruited me. He came into my house, told my family he had my back and I had his back. So I mean, it hurts a little bit, but it's business and it happens and I understand it but we got to keep pushing forward,” he said.

Defensive back Brady Breeze was mentioned by Helfrich on Sunday as a redshirt player that could have a breakout season in 207.

“Obviously nobody is looking forward to a coach getting fired, because he was like such a big role model to so many of us and sort of like a father figure and like a main reason a lot of these guys came here,” he said.

At the press conference Tuesday night, athletic director Rob Mullens said he would look far and wide for the next head coach.

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