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Why Helfrich owes Tony Dungy a thank you

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08:15 AM ET 01.21 | Each of the past few administrations at Oregon has served as a building block, which is encouraging news for Mark Helfrich. According to [Oregon AD Rob Mullens], when he broke the news to the players Saturday night that Helfrich was becoming the Ducks' next head coach, the team cheered. ... Mullens said so many people around the program had given Helfrich a ringing endorsement. Most notably, former Super Bowl-winning NFL coach Tony Dungy, now an NBC analyst, was effusive in his praise of Helfrich. Dungy, whose son Eric is a wide receiver for Oregon, has been to many Ducks workouts and has had a closeup perspective on the program the past two years. "He's around a lot of practices in the spring and fall, and he was very complimentary."

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January 21, 2013  08:29 AM ET

It's nice to get a boost from Dungy, but Phil Knight's blessing carries the weight in Duckyland.

January 21, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Mark is good choice for future

January 21, 2013  09:06 AM ET

You didn't have to give me the job, but you did, but you did, but you did.... and I thank you.....

January 21, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Jada likes the news, so, bring on the 2013 season!

January 21, 2013  09:41 AM ET

I don't know muck about Mark Helfrich, but I do wish him well!!!

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January 21, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

punny, OT.

LOL, okay I'll fix it!!!

January 21, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know *muck about Mark Helfrich, but I do wish him well!!!

*much

January 21, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know much about nothin', but I will post at the smallest firing of a synapse.

FIFY, OT.

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January 21, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

FIFY, OT.

Tin Man, damn that's too much for an old man like me to comprehend, give me a friggin break!!! LOL..

January 21, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Jada likes the news, so, he should treat us to multiple eye pleasing avis.

FIFY TM

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January 21, 2013  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Tin Man, damn that's too much for an old man like me to comprehend, give me a friggin break!!! LOL..

OK, but know this - It's fun poking you in the ribs, flicking you in the vitual earlobe, cuffing you in the virtual now. In a weird way, you remind me of Tommy Smothers. BTW, how well do you yo-yo?

January 21, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

OK, but know this - It's fun poking you in the ribs, flicking you in the vitual earlobe, cuffing you in the virtual now. In a weird way, you remind me of Tommy Smothers. BTW, how well do you yo-yo?

LOL, you can "poke me in the ribs, flick me in the vitual earlobe", but just don't make me bend over in front of you!!!! :-)

January 21, 2013  12:47 PM ET

late for duty today, was comment 13 removed as offensive or spam?

January 21, 2013  12:55 PM ET
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LOL, you can "poke me in the ribs, flick me in the vitual earlobe", but just don't make me bend over in front of you!!!! :-)

See? Tommy Smothers, boys 'n' girls.

January 21, 2013  12:55 PM ET

No Manti Te'o threads today? Oh no-how am I supposed to go cold turkey?

January 21, 2013  01:27 PM ET
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No Manti Te'o threads today? Oh no-how am I supposed to go cold turkey?

we can always start one...

 
January 21, 2013  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

we can always start one...

That has to be the meanest thing I have read on these boards for several years.

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