Chip Kelly out, Mark Helfrich in as the new head coach of the Oregon Ducks. The former Oregon offensive coordinator will now have the task of keeping one of the most exciting programs in college football at the top of the Pac-12, while filling in some big shoes that Kelly has left behind. He will also be joining a much underrated class of Pac-12 head coaches.
This conference has an interesting group of coaches, as many guys made their mark last season in their first year on the job. There are a few who are extremely accomplished, but the majority are still trying to prove themselves or live up to expectations that may have been assumed a little prematurely. And while a lot of pressure may be on Helfrich, he will be only one of three new head coaches in the Pac-12 heading into the 2013 season.
So what does the hire of the new Oregon coach mean for the power rankings?
Let's take a look.
Note: Rankings are put together on the overall potential of each head coach, based upon what each has accomplished lately. This is a conference in which everyone must prove himself in the Pac-12 before he gains respect. It doesn't matter what was done at other places, or for what each coach is known. Coaching is judged in the present, and that is how these rankings have been treated.