After Oregon fired Mark Helfrich following a 4-8 season, Football Scoop reported the Ducks had reached out to representatives of the 33-year-old coordinator. Football Scoop reported Oregon officials had checked with representatives of Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, as well.
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On Riley, Football Scoop's Scott Roussel said: "Everywhere he's been his players love him, they ring up huge numbers and the coaches who work with him rave about him. Oh, and something to keep in mind: Chip Kelly and Helfrich were both offensive coordinators with no head coaching experience when they got the Oregon job." (Dallas Morning News)