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Troy: Jim Dye accepts OL job

Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County High offensive coordinator Jim Dye has accepted the offensive line coach position at Troy.

This will be Dye’s second stint with the Trojans. He was part of Larry Blakeney’s staff from 1993-2002.

Dye, who is the nephew of former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, has been offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Burke County High in Waynesboro, Ga. since 2006.

Last season, the Bears averaged 39 points per game and finished 12-2. In 2011, Burke County went 14-1 and won the AAA State Championship averaging 45 points per game.

Dye was a walk-on at Georgia before transferring to Georgia Southern. He was as a student assistant there in 1984 and during the Eagles’ national championship in 1985, and served as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1986-87.

Following his stint at Auburn, Dye became head coach at Hephzibah High School (1988-89) then moved to the college ranks, coaching at Valdosta State (1990-91) and East Tennessee State (1992) before his first stint at Troy (1993-2002).

Prior to his arrival at Burke County, Dye coached at Rutland High School (2003-04) and Mary Persons High School (2005).

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Oregon: Ducks expected to promote Helfrich

With Signing Day a little more than two weeks away, Oregon is expected to move quickly in promoting offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich as head coach.

It was announced earlier today that Kelly would become the Philadelphia Eagles head coach.

The 39-year old Helfrich spent the past four seasons under Kelly’s tutelage. Though he did not have play-calling responsibility, Helfrich is considered Kelly’s right-hand man offensively and is intimately involved in game-planning.

Athletic director Rob Mullens has had plenty of time to think through a plan. This time last year, Kelly informed school officials that he was taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job. Within a few hours, Duck officials had decided to promote Helfrich before Kelly changed his mind.

Last year’s practice run could come now. According to a recent USA Today report, sources at Oregon say Helfrich’s hire could be made within 72 hours of Kelly’s departure.

Helfrich has strong ties to Oregon – both the state and the university.

A native of Coos Bay, Ore., Helfrich was a record-setting quarterback at Southern Oregon University, an NAIA school in Asland. After graduating from SOU in 1995, Helfrich served as Southern Oregon’s first-ever Graduate Assistant in 1996. He then moved to Austria to be player/coach for the Vienna Vikings in the winter of 1997. When Helfrich returned to the U.S., Mike Belottti offerred him the chance to became G.A. at Oregon (1997) and he jumped at the opportunity.

Following a season at Oregon, Helfrich would spend the next 11 seasons tutoring quarterbacks at the FBS (Division I) level.

At Oregon, Helfrich worked closely with then OU offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. When Koetter was hired as head coach at Boise State in 1998, Helfrich followed to coach quarterbacks and again when Koetter was hired at Arizona State in 2001.

In 2006, Helfrich was hired by Dan Hawkins at Colorado, and served as offensive coordinator there until he joined Kelly’s staff at Oregon in 2009.

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Eagles hire Chip Kelly

Just 10 days after telling Oregon officials that he would remain with the Ducks, Chip Kelly has been hired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” Eagles’ Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”

This story has had several twists and turns over the past few weeks.

In addition to Philadelphia, Kelly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. He was once thought to be close to inking a deal with the Browns head coach, but that never materialized. Following a nine-hour interview with the Eagles brass, Kelly was then thought to be leaning there, but later told Oregon athletic director  Rob Mullens that he decided to remain with Oregon.

Kelly replaces Andy Reid, who was fired following a 4-12 season. He was set to make approximately $4 million at Oregon next season.

In four seasons at Oregon, the 49-year old Kelly compiled a 46-7 record. The Ducks were 12-1 this past season after winning the Fiesta Bowl, its fourth BCS game in as many years.

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Fort Lewis College: John L. Smith named head coach

Former Arkansas coach John L. Smith has been named head coach at Division II Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., according to the Durango Herald.

Smith was hired by Fort Lewis College athletic director Gary Hunter, who gave Smith his first head coaching job when he hired him at Idaho in 1989. He replaces Cesar Rivas-Sandoval who resigned following an 0-10 season. Rivas-Sandoval was 6-25 in three seasons with the Skyhawks.

Smith spent last season as interim head coach at Arkansas where he took over following the abrupt dismissal of Bobby Petrino. The Razorbacks had loft preseason hopes but stumbled to a 4-8 record.

Smith has served as head coach at at Arkansas, Michigan State, Louisville, Utah State, and Idaho. His career record is 136-93 and his teams have appeared in seven bowl games.

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