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."