It's gotta be tough to follow a legend. Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich says he has his dream job coaching the Ducks, but how will he endear himself to Oregon fans? Fans who will likely say at the first little slipup by the Ducks: "Chip wouldn't have done that"?
Helfrich is off to a great start. He and his assistant coaches did a masterful job with the 2013 recruiting class just days after former coach Chip Kelly soared off to lead the NFL's Eagles. Helfrich's humble and low-key demeanor at his first press conferences was refreshing after Kelly's smart-ass snarkiness.
When asked by a reporter at his hiring presser how he would be different than Kelly, Helfrich's deadpan delivery "I will eat more vegetables" was an indication that, yes, he does have a sense of humor.
Oregon fans like their new home-grown coach, and they will cut him slack during his honeymoon period. But what can Helfrich do during this period to endear himself to the fans and cement his place in their hearts?
Here come a few ideas.