When did the Ducks turn their program around? It started in 1995, when Mike Bellotti took over for Rich Brooks. Bellotti just wouldn't accept a .500 season. In the first
year under Bellotti, the team made it to the Cotton Bowl. In 2000, the team won ten games, taking the team to the brink of the Rose Bowl, but losing the key game that would have put them there.
2001 saw the Ducks ranking second overall. They lost to Stanfor that year. There were so many close games that season. The only hiccup for Oregon came in 2004, when the team ended their
season with a losing record. It was all on the shoulders of Andy Ludwig, the team's offensive coordinator, and he promptly left the program. Under the guidance of Chip Kelly, the team hit
the heights, winning three conference championships. Kelly's success led him to take a position in the NFL, leaving the program to find a solid replacement. Helfrich will have his work cut out for him.