Oregon‘s disappointing start to the season is not lost on Rob Mullens, but the athletic director isn’t willing to write off the season just yet.
Mullens acknowledged the frustrations of players, coaches, and fans alike Monday, two days after Oregon was brutally defeated by Washington in a 70-21 blowout, but wants everyone to understand that the season is still salvageable, according to Chantel Jennings of ESPN.
“I understand the frustration. I absolutely appreciate the passion,” Mullens told Duck Insider. “We’re six games into the season and not where anyone wants to be. But there’s still an opportunity to turn this a little bit and see some positive results. As I talk to Mark, they go right back to work and get right back in it.”
Head coach Mark Helfrich has been the recipient of the brunt of the criticism for the Ducks’ slow start, with many fans calling for his firing. Oregon has suffered three consecutive conference losses to Colorado, Washington State, and Washington most recently.
Mullens says that while the results of every game are there to be judged, there are other factors that must be considered as well.
“When you’re a coach in any sport, your results are very transparent,” Mullens said. “In football it’s 12 Saturdays. It’s there for everybody to see. There’s a lot of other things that happen Monday through Friday, Sunday through Friday that you’re also evaluating. It’s just a continuous process of what can we do today to help support the coaches, support the student-athletes to meet these lofty expectations? And that will continue. And then there is a time when you look at it all and say, ‘How did we perform?'”
Oregon enters a bye week this week before resuming play against California on Oct. 21 in hopes of making the best out of what has undoubtedly been a disappointing season thus far.
“Everyone is disappointed. I’m disappointed. The coaches are disappointed. The student-athletes are disappointed,” Mullens said. “There’s a lot of frustration. No one thought we’d be 2-4 or expected to be 2-4 halfway through the season. … We’ve got to get back to work and figure out how to turn these results around.”
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