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VIDEO: Oregon DC rips Mike Leach

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti says that Washington State head coach Mike Leach’s decision to throw the ball late in the Ducks’ 62-38 win over the Cougars was “bullsh#t” and “low class.”

Video from Aliotti’s press conference is below:

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The Coaching Wire: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Steve Spurrier and all of his assistants have received contract extensions since season's end. (Photo: John Raoux/AP)

Steve Spurrier and all of his assistants have received contract extensions since season’s end. (Photo: John Raoux/AP)

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]teve Spurrier was given a two-year contract extension in December. Now, it’s his assistants’ turn.

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees approved two-year contracts for Deke Adams, Kirk Botkin, Grady Brown, Shawn Elliott, G.A. Mangus, Joe Robinson, Everette Sands and Steve Spurrier Jr. All are signed through the 2014 season.

Defensive Coordinator Lorenzo Ward was given a three-year contract and is signed through the 2015 season.

Earlier this month, Elliott, who is in his fourth year on Spurrier’s staff, interviewed for the offensive line opening at Alabama but chose to remain at South Carolina.

“Whenever you have an outstanding season as we have had each of the past two years, it’s important to reward the coaches with two-year contracts. Hopefully, we can continue that success in the coming years,” Spurrier said in a statement.

Adams, the Gamecocks’ defensive line coach, was hired from North Carolina in January. Botkin, Brown, Robinson and Sands joined the staff prior to the 2012 season. The other coaches have all been at Carolina five or more years.

“Coach Spurrier and his staff have propelled us into a Top Ten program and we appreciate what they have done at Carolina,” said athletic director Ray Tanner. “Our coaching staff is among the best in the country and their new contracts compensate them accordingly.”


Ex-Oregon quarterback Nate Costa returns to the Ducks as a GA

Nate Costa, who played quarterback at Oregon from 2006-10, will return to the program as a graduate assistant.

A string of knee injuries hampered what appeared to be a promising playing career. After playing in two games as a freshman in 2006, Costa missed the 2007 season with torn ligaments. He was named the starter going into 2008, but missed all of that year after suffering another knee injury in the pre-season . He was able to come back and play parts of two more seasons before a third serious knee injury ended his career in November of 2010.

A brief stint working in law enforcement was also cut short by his knee problems. Since then, he has been a television analyst for Comcast SportsNet.

“It’s been a long road to what I want to do,” Costa said. “I loved the TV work, but I missed the competition factor. And I really like watching young players develop and improve. I’m so excited about this opportunity to get into coaching.”

Costa played under new Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich in 2009-10 and knows life as a graduate assistant won’t be glamorous.

“I’ll be doing a lot of the stuff the assistant coaches don’t want to do,” Costa said with a smile. “A lot of film study, breaking down the film and data entry.”


Kent State’s Clark promoted to run game coordinator

Kent State coach Paul Haynes has promoted Shawn Clark to run game coordinator. Clark joined the staff in early January as the offensive line coach. His name was recently mentioned in conjunction with the offensive line opening at West Virginia, who ultimately hired Stanford’s Ron Crook. Prior to Kent State, Clark spent four seasons as the offensive line coach at Purdue and six seasons as the offensive line coach at Eastern Kentucky.


Newberry’s Cedric Williams adds assistant head coach title

Newberry’s Todd Knight has added the assistant head coach title to offensive line coach Cedric Williams. Williams, an all-SEC offensive lineman at South Carolina, is entering his third season at Newberry. He came to Newberry after one season as the offensive line coach at Mississippi Valley State (2010). Before that, Williams was offensive line coach at Tennessee State (2009).


Aaron Price named offensive coordinator at Hawaii

Hawaii has hired Aaron Price as offensive coordinator completing Norm Chow’s offensive staff.

Price will coach wide receivers while  11-year NFL player Chris Naeole, who joined the staff Feb. 11, will coach the offensive line. Returning coaches Phil Rauscher and Chris Wiesehan, will oversee the tight ends and running backs, respectively.vChow will continue to coach the quarterbacks with assistance from new graduate assistant Jordan Wynn. In addition, Keith Uperesa will move to director of player personnel.

Price comes to Hawaii after spending the past nine seasons on his father Mike’s staff at UTEP. From 2004-06, he was quarterbacks and kickers coach and moved over to wide receivers and kickers coach in 2007. Since 2008, he has served as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and kickers coach. Prior to UTEP, Price was the quarterbacks coach at Washington State from 2001-02.


Charleston Southern’s Chadwell tabs Mark Tucker as quarterbacks coach

Mark Tucker has been named quarterback coach on Jamey Chadwell’s staff at Charleston Southern. Tucker coached Chadwell at East Tennessee State, where Tucker coached the offensive line one season and running backs and tight ends for two years. Tucker spent six seasons as an assistant at The Citadel, serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Most recently, he was the head coach of the Mountain Empire Warriors, a semi-pro football team in the NAFL and was also head coach Hargrave Military Academy.

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The Coaching Wire: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Ron Aiken will be Oregon's defensive line coach. (Photo: Peter Vander Stoep/Arizona Cardinals)

Ron Aiken will be Oregon’s defensive line coach. (Photo: Peter Vander Stoep/Arizona Cardinals)

Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has announced that Dwayne Ledford, who is in his second year as App State University’s offensive line coach, and Frank Ponce, a longtime assistant at Florida International University, will serve as the Moutaineers’ co-offensive coordinators. … Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has hired former Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach Ron Aiken to coach the same position for the Ducks. Aiken replaces Jerry Azzinaro, who left Oregon to join former Ducks coach Chip Kelly with the Philadelphia Eagles. Aiken spent the past six seasons with the Cardinals. He coached the defensive line at Iowa for eight season (1999-2006) and spent one year as  linebackers coach at San Diego State in 1998. Aiken also had stints as a defensive assistant at Texas (1997), Vanderbilt (1995-96), and New Mexico (1991-94). … Also at Oregon, Helfrich has officially announced Scott Frost offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. This has been speculated since Helfrich was hired, but Helfrich waited until after Duke’s Matt Lubick was hired as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator (which happened on Monday) to make the announcement. Frost, the former Nebraska quarterback, has served as the Ducks wide receivers coach since 2009. Frost broke into coaching as a graduate assistant at Nebraska in 2002 before filling the same role at Kansas State in 2006. He then spent two years  Northern Iowa in 2007 before joining the Oregon staff.

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Oregon: Helfrich announces Lubick hire

Cutcliffe: "Simply the best recruiter that I’ve ever worked with.” (Photo: Duke Athletics)

Cutcliffe: “Simply the best recruiter that I’ve ever worked with.” (Photo: Duke Athletics)

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]regon head coach Mark Helfrich has officially announced Duke assistant Matt Lubick as the Duck’s wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

Lubick spent the past three years with the Blue Devils as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2012, two Blue Devil receivers – Jamison Crowder and Conner Vernon – earned All-ACC honors and had record-setting campaigns. As a result, Lubick was one of three finalists for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award and a Broyles Award nominee.

“Matt Lubick exemplifies exactly what it means to be a mentor in every sense of the word,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has said. Cutcliffe called Lubick “simply the best recruiter that I’ve ever worked with.”

Prior to his stint at Duke, Lubick spent three seasons at Arizona State (2007-09) where he served as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator, and safeties coach. He is credited with signing Vontaze Burfict, the highest-rated prospect in Arizona State football history. Rivals.com named Lubick on of the top-10 recruiters in the Pac-10 each of his three seasons with the Sun Devils.

Lubick coached two seasons at Ole Miss (2005-06), coaching the wide receivers. He was responsible for signing Rebel standout Dexter McClusker while on staff in Oxford. McClusker was the first player in SEC history to total over 1,000 rushing yards and over 500 receiving yards in the same season.

Lubick got his start in coaching as a student assistant for his father, legendary Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick. After graduating from Colorado State, Lubick joined the staff at Cal State-Northridge in 1997 before moving to San Jose State for two seasons (1997-98).

Lubick coached defensive backs and was co-recruiting coordinator at Oregon State in 1999-2000 before returning to Colorado State where he coached wide receivers for four seasons (2001-04).

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Oregon: Helfrich is the man

Mark Helfrich will replace Chip Kelly as Oregon head coach. (Photo: Geoff Turner/GoDucks.com)

Mark Helfrich will replace Chip Kelly as Oregon head coach. (Photo: Geoff Turner/GoDucks.com)


[dropcap]O[/dropcap]regon has named offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich as head coach. Helfrich replaces Chip Kelly, who last week left to become the Philadelphia Eagles coach.

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

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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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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