January 11th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Former Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich last spring reached a settlement with his former employer that paid him a lump sum of nearly $8.1 million. Helfrich, hired Thursday as the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator in what will be his first stint coaching in the NFL, joined Oregon as its coordinator in 2009 and was promoted to head coach in 2013. After four seasons and a 37-16 record, he was fired in November 2016 and still owed $11.6 million as part of a contract extension that ran through January 2020. As part of the buyout, any future salary he earned working in football would mitigate what UO owed. Rather than continue to be paid in installments through the end of that deal, Helfrich in May agreed to be paid $8,053,830 by UO, according to documents related to the settlement released as part of a records request from The Oregonian/OregonLive. – Andrew Greif, oregonlive.comRead More

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