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Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE,Or.) -- The Oregon Ducks and head football coach Mark Helfrich have agreed to a new five-year $17.5 million contract, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

The head coach of the runner up for the National Championship will almost double his salary from $1.8 million per year to $3.5 million per year. He can also earn incentives for winning a National title as well as reaching GPA thresholds for his players.

Helfrich is 24-4 in two seasons as the Ducks head coach after taking over for Chip Kelly, who took the head job with the Philadelphia Eagles. With his new contract, Helfrich will make roughly the same amount that Kelly made in his final years as the Ducks head coach.

Under Helfrich's leadership, the university saw Marcus Mariota flourish, throwing for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns, as well as earning the school’s first Heisman Trophy.

Helfrich, 41, began his coaching career at Oregon under Mike Bellotti as a graduate assistant. He then served as quarterbacks coach for Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2005) until becoming offensive coordinator at Colorado through 2009, where he then took the same position with Oregon under Kelly.

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(2) Arizona Edges Oregon 67-65

Ralph Fresco/Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) --  The Arizona Wildcats pulled out all the stops to avoid their first losing streak of the season. 

Nick Johnson scored 18 points as the No. 2 Wildcats edged Oregon 67-65 on Thursday night. 

The team was playing without injured forward Brandon Ashley for the first time all season.  They looked lost at first, but managed to dig deep and hang on for the win.

"Our defense down the stretch is what we rely on," said Johnson.  "We have all year."

Arizona (22-1, 9-1 PAC-12) shot just 4 for 16 from 3-point range and missed 16 free throws on the night.  Point guard T.J. McConnell drilled a 3-pointer with 90 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats the lead.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first start in place of Ashley. 

Joseph Young and Jason Calliste each scored 14 points for Oregon, (15-7, 3-7) who managed to hang tough in one of college basketball's toughest road arenas.

"They're hurting," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "This is their third two-point loss. I just told them we've got to be resilient. It hurts having an opportunity and not being able to finish."

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Arizona Stuns No.5 Oregon 42-16

Banana Stock/Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) --  Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Arizona stunned No. 5 Oregon 42-16 on Saturday.

It was the biggest win in over two decaDes for the Wildcats (7-4, 4-4 Pac 12), who all but put an end to Oregon's BCS hopes.

"I'm really proud of our guys," Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez said.  "We had a long week and I knew they were gonna be ready to play especially our 18 seniors, and they probably played about as well as we could."

Oregon (9-2, 6-2) turned the football over three times as they watched their national title chances slip away from them.  Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, but also had his first two interceptions of the season.

The Wildcats were coming off a disappointing loss to Washington State, but they didn't back down against the fast paced Ducks.  They quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead and were well on their way to their first win over a top-five team since knocking off No. 1 Washington in 1992.

B.J. Denker passed for 178 yards and a pair of scores to pace the Wildcats.

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No. 3 Arizona Holds Off Utah 60-57

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(TUCSON, AZ) -- Solomon Hill had 19 points to lead the No. 3 Arizona Wildcats to a 60-57 win over Utah on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Lyons hit two big free throws with seven seconds left to keep Arizona (14-0, 2-0 PAC 12) undefeated. 

It was the second close game in a row for the Wildcats, who needed help from a disputed call by the officials to win their last game.

This one also came down to the wire, as Jarred DuBois' last-second three-pointer bounced off the top of the backboard at the buzzer.

Jason Washburn led Utah (8-6, 0-2) with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but the Utes have not won a road or neutral-court conference game since joining the Pac 12 Last season.

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Barry Sanders Son Chooses Stanford

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Barry J. Sanders, son of all-time NFL great Barry Sanders, has chosen to attend Stanford to play football.

He chose the school over his fathers alma marter Oklahoma State.

ESPNU ranked Sanders the 78th best recruit in the nation.

Despite the decision, Sanders still needs to hear from Stanford before he packs his bags.

"I honestly don't know if I have qualified for Stanford," he said. "I'm waiting to get accepted. I've done all I can do. Now I'm just waiting to see if what I've done is enough."


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