Mark Helfrich Returns to Colorado
EUGENE – Oregon coach Mark Helfrich will make his first return to Colorado as a head coach when the Ducks face the Buffaloes on Saturday.
Helfrich, who spent three years at Colorado as the offensive coordinator from 2006 through 2008, said his No. 1 memory from his days there is an easy choice.
“My fondest memory of Boulder is that’s where my son was there,” he said.
Professionally, there weren’t many great successes. Colorado went 13-24 during that three-year span but there were two victories that stood out.
In 2007, Colorado defeated then-No. 3 Oklahoma 27-24 at home. The following season the Buffaloes upset then-No. 21 West Virginia, 17-14.
Despite the rough stretches, Helfrich, Oregon’s offensive coordinator in 2011 when the Ducks won 45-2 at Colorado, said he has fond memories of the people, from the athletic department staff to the fans.
“Great place to play with a passionate student body,” he said.
One other memory also stands out for Helfrich: The time the Colorado mascot, Ralphie the Buffalo made a run for it.
“She broke loose, which was entertaining,” he said.
And sometimes dangerous.
“Ralphie is a mismatch for everybody,” he said.
Much like Oregon will be a mismatch for Colorado on Saturday.