A couple things …

— It didn’t take long for the changes to begin happening for the Oregon Ducks.

I’m guessing Mark Helfrich’s move to shuffle his defensive coaching staff has been in the works for a while, which would explain his non-answer last week when given an opportunity to endorse Don Pellum as defensive coordinator.

Here is Andrew Greif’s story for The O about Pellum’s demotion and the decision by linebackers coach Erik Chinander to join Scott Frost’s staff at Central Florida.

I’m glad Pellum will remain with the Ducks.

When I talked to him last week in San Antonio before the Alamo Bowl, he said he always has been happy he returned to Eugene after three years at California, and professed his love for the city and the University of Oregon.

I believe him to be a good man and a good coach.

That said, it’s time for Helfrich to go outside the program for a defensive coordinator. The Ducks badly are in need of a new perspective and a fresh of eyes.

Here is a look at a short list of possible replacements for Pellum.

To those names I’ll throw in a couple more:

USC linebackers coach Peter Sirmon, a former UO player and the Trojans’ interim defensive coordinator in the Holiday Bowl.

Former Portland State coach Nigel Burton, a superb recruiter and former defensive coordinator at Nevada.

— It’s not really a surprise that Oregon State offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo is leaving early to enter the NFL draft.

I don’t think Seumalo has much left to prove on the college level. OSU was lucky to have had him.

The Beavers had a pretty good in during Seumalo’s recruiting process since his dad, Joe, was on Mike Riley’s coaching staff. New coach Gary Andersen chose not to retain Joe Seumalo.

And yet in many ways this is another blow to Andersen’s attempt to reconstruct the program.

The Beavers now will head into the 2016 season with two new coordinators and without the guy who arguably was their best individual player.

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The Ducks will look nationally for a new defensive coordinator.

Oregon’s staff shakeup is underway, and it’s being done humanely.

UO defense went to pieces in 2015.

In the wide-ranging blog he writes for the Spokesman-Review, Vince Grippi wonders if retaining Pellum in an any capacity is a good thing — for the Ducks, or for Pellum (second item).

UO receiver Bralon Addison declares for the draft.

Addison moves on after a strong junior season.

The Ducks lose a second receiver to early entry.

Addison is projected to be drafted in the third or fourth rounds.

Oregon quarterback Morgan Mahalak ponders a transfer.

Mahalak will explore his options.

Mahalak’s move shows something had to give at Oregon’s crowded QB position.

The Ducks waste no time turning the page.

Oregon commits are caught off-guard by the staff shakeup.

The Portland Tribune’s Jason Vondersmith. How Helfrich responds to to the Alamo Bowl disaster will make or break him as Oregon’s coach.

Matt Lubick is humbled and honored to be the UO offensive coordinator.

Here is what some NFL draft analysts have said about Seumalo.

The Beavers will lose their best offensive lineman to early entry.

Seumalo started all 12 games for OSU.

Receiver Richard Mullaney’s transfer from Oregon State to Alabama has paid off for everybody — well, except the Beavers.

OSU assistant Chad Kauha’aha’a says the Beavers need a bigger, stronger defensive line.

The Merc’s Jon Wilner: Pac-12 bowl showing was mediocre and Oregon’s loss was awful.

ESPN.com Pac-12 guru Ted Miller: In the Pac-12 this season, the next man up was not good enough.

Chris Dufresne of DufRankman.com: College football dropped the ball in the postseason; Oregon’s loss will resonate for months, maybe years.

In ESPN.com’s final Pac-12 power rankings of the season, Stanford is No. 1, Oregon No.2 and the Beavers No. 12.

Despite the low TV ratings, the College Football Playoff is locked into New Year’s Eve.

Stanford tight end Austin Hooper will bypass his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

A look at Stanford’s post-Kevin Hogan quarterback picture.

Carly Fiorina backtracks from her pro-Iowa Rose Bowl tweet.

USC coach Clay Helton hires two assistants, including his brother.

Both of USC’s new assistants were on the Western Kentucky staff last season.

USC’s Adoree’ Jackson turns his full attention to track.

John Pease, who came out of retirement to coach Utah’s defense, retires again; defensive backs coach Morgan Scalley replaces him.

Scalley is a former team captain for Utah.

Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune: Scalley is ready for his new role.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez fires two defensive coaches, including defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel.

Wildcats lose at least one commit in the wake of Casteel’s dismissal.

More staff changes at Arizona State.

Three offseason questions for the Cougs.

Three offseason questions for UCLA.

After a two-year LDS mission to Chile, defensive end Sam Bennion is ready to play for Colorado.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

The links from Beaver Sports Now.

— Ken Goe


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