Oregon coach Mark Helfrich looks past SEC, focuses on 'guys on the field'

Mark Helfrich is introduced as Oregon's new head coach during an NCAA college football news conference in Eugene, Ore. on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

Mark Helfrich is introduced as Oregon's new head coach during an NCAA college football news conference in Eugene, Ore. on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

EUGENE, Ore. - Tennessee is still Tennessee, at least in Mark Helfrich’s mind.

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writer#358485 writes:

He sounds like a class act, that's good. Tennessee may have been down lately, but I think that has more to do with poor coaching than the quality of the players. That's why you keep changing coaches until you get a keeper, who wants to stay, like Jones. Now that we have Jones, it seems we have a coach worthy of the players, unlike the last two. Go Vols, beat Oregon!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to writer#358485:

He sounds like a class act, that's good. Tennessee may have been down lately, but I think that has more to do with poor coaching than the quality of the players. That's why you keep changing coaches until you get a keeper, who wants to stay, like Jones. Now that we have Jones, it seems we have a coach worthy of the players, unlike the last two. Go Vols, beat Oregon!

Agree about Helfrich and Oregon in general. For all their flash and swagger, I think they and their fans have great respect for the game and say the right things most of the time. As I referenced on another thread, the Oregon fans who posted on here prior to their visit to K'ville represented themselves and their program with class. That probably won't help the Vols much on the field Saturday, but at least I expect the Ducks and their fans to treat the Vols and however many fans make the trip with dignity--unlike, say, the way they are routinely treated in Gainesville.

Agree completely about Jones. It may be a while yet before it shows in the won/lost column, but in nearly every way we can observe from a fan's distance, the whole attitude in the program has made a great change for the better.

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