Mario Cristobal continues to look to the SEC while remaking the Ducks’ offensive staff.


Oregon will hire Bryan McClendon, a former Georgia player and South Carolina’s offensive coordinator and play-caller the last two seasons, to be the program’s new wide receivers coach.


FootballScoop was the first to report the hiring.


The university instituted a hiring freeze earlier this month due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 health crisis, but the athletic department requested and was granted an exception for the wide receiver coaching position, according to an Oregon spokesperson.


Coaching salaries are funded through the athletic department.


McClendon, who was demoted after the Gamecocks finished the 2019 season ranked 104th in scoring (22.4 points per game) and 95th in total offense (371.9 yards per game), has a $1 million base salary at South Carolina through 2021.


According to The State, McClendon’s buyout to be released from his contract is $200,000. Jovon Bouknight, who spent one year as the Ducks’ wide receivers coach before leaving for Kentucky, had a base salary of $310,000 last year at Oregon.


Cristobal hired Joe Moorhead as offensive coordinator in January to replace Marcus Arroyo, who is now the head coach at UNLV. Oregon signed Moorhead, the former Mississippi State head coach, to a two-year, $1.9 million contract.


University president Michael Schill announced on April 2 he will be taking a voluntary 12% pay cut for at least six months. UO’s 10 vice presidents and athletic director Rob Mullens will be taking 10% pay cuts.


Mullen’s base salary is $717,500. He had been negotiating with Cristobal on a new contract before coronavirus cancellations began.


Cristobal had a $2.6 million base salary last season, which ranked eighth among his Pac-12 peers, according to the USA Today coaching salary base.


The coaching staff is not taking pay cuts at this time.


“The most appropriate thing to be attending to is the welfare, the safety, the health of our football players, our staff and all that stuff,” Cristobal said earlier this month. “So that's what the focus is right now. When the time comes, we'll appropriately address the rest.”


The Ducks’ spring game, originally scheduled for this Saturday at Autzen Stadium, was canceled on March 20 after Gov. Kate Brown banned events of more than 25 people during the initial efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.


During a teleconference with Mike Pence on Wednesday, the College Football Playoff Management Committee told the vice president there will not be college football until students are allowed back on campus.


Oregon announced Tuesday the 2020 summer term will be taught remotely.


The Ducks typically begin fall camp in early August. The season opener against North Dakota State is scheduled for Sep. 5.


Cristobal and his staff were able to squeeze four spring practices in before the campus closed and the players returned home to take online courses and workout independently.


Oregon will be the preseason favorite to repeat as Pac-12 champions when college football returns.


Cristobal said Tyler Shough remains the leading candidate to replace NFL-bound quarterback Justin Herbert as the starter.


Boston College graduate transfer Anthony Brown expects to compete for the position during his senior season with the Ducks.


McClendon will inherit a mix of young talent (Mycah Pittman, Devon Williams, Bryan Addison) and experienced receivers (Johnny Johnson, Jaylon Redd).


Contact reporter Ryan Thorburn at rthorburn@registerguard.com or 541-338-2330, and follow him on Twitter @By_RyanThorburn and Instagram @rg_ducksports. Want more stories like this? Subscribe to get unlimited access and support local journalism.