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UO Board of Trustees approves five-year, $16 million contract for Oregon coach Willie Taggart

The UO Board of Trustees’ Executive and Audit committee unaimously approved a five-year, $16 million contract on Friday morning for newly hired Oregon head coach Willie Taggart. The contract — which runs through January 2022 — will average $3.2 million annually for the 40-year-old coach. “We couldn’t have selected such …

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Willie Taggart thinks Oregon can win a national championship: ‘There’s no reason for us not to’

The Willie Taggart era is officially underway in Eugene. On Thursday morning, in front of a theatre full of boosters, coaches and media, Taggart was formally introduced as the new head football coach for the University of Oregon. The former USF coach came across as excited, eager and charismatic in …

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Watch: Willie Taggart makes first comments as Oregon head coach at Eugene Airport

Willie Taggart, who was hired as Oregon football’s 33rd head coach on Wednesday, landed in Eugene at 9:19 p.m. on Wednesday night after departing Tampa, Florida. As he emerged with athetlic department staffers, he flashed an “O.” He met three reporters and spoke briefly before he got into Oregon athletic director Rob …

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Breaking: Oregon football officially announces Willie Taggart as its head coach

Oregon football and athletic director Rob Mullens officially announced Willie Taggart as the program’s new head coach Wednesday morning, confirming ESPN’s initial report. Taggart will be introduced at a press conference Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex’s Bob Sanders Theater. Taggart becomes the 33rd head coach for Oregon …

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Report: Oregon Ducks to name South Florida’s Willie Taggart as head coach Wednesday

Oregon football has found its man. The Ducks are expected to officially announce their hiring of South Florida’s Willie Taggart on Wednesday, according to an ESPN report early Wednesday morning. ESPN reported that Taggart, along with Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, were the two finalists for the position. Taggart owns a …

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Mark Helfrich grants ESPN Radio interview: ‘Nobody is safe in this business’

Former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich made his first public comments on Friday morning since being fired on Tuesday evening. He appeared on the ESPN Radio show Russillo & Kanell to talk about former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, the way the dismissal was handled and his current state of mind. “Nobody is …

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Oregon players respond after firing of Mark Helfrich

Less than 24 hours after Oregon fired its head coach for the first time in 40 years, several players addressed the media for the first time. Freshmen Troy Dye and Brady Breeze, as well as junior Doug Brenner, took the stage at the third floor of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, a place …

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Rob Mullens addresses firing of Mark Helfrich and Oregon’s ensuing coaching search

Just about an hour and a half after Oregon’s athletic department announced Oregon would not retain Mark Helfrich as head football coach, athletic director Rob Mullens addressed a group of around 20 local and regional reporters at Matthew Knight Arena. He answered questions about how he arrived at the decision …

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Social media reacts: Players, fans and media on Mark Helfrich’s firing

Mark Helfrich has been fired as the head coach of Oregon football after eight total years with the program, the athletic department announced in a press release Tuesday evening. Helfrich will end his tenure with a 37-16 record. However, the Ducks finished 4-8 in 2016, including a loss to Oregon State. …

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Rob Mullens announces Oregon has fired head coach Mark Helfrich

Oregon has fired four-year head coach Mark Helfrich, the school announced in a press release Tuesday evening. The announcement comes three days after the Ducks ended their worst season since 1991 with a 34-24 loss in the Civil War game against Oregon State on Saturday. It is the first time Oregon has fired …

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Oregon’s defense will aim to build around young core after a subpar season

After the first game this season, Oregon’s defense should have known they were in trouble. It was a tune-up game against UC Davis, a Big Sky opponent which was coming off back-to-back 2-9 seasons. It was supposed to be an easy win, and it was; despite a slow start, the Ducks pulled …

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UO Senate calls for investigation of athletic department for possible free speech violation

This story has been updated to include a comment from UO Athletic Department spokesman Craig Pintens. The University of Oregon Senate issued a request on Sunday to launch an investigation into a possible free speech violation by the UO Athletic Department regarding its threat to limit Emerald press credentials during an investigation of a UO …

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Helfrich’s job status in limbo as he awaits meeting with Rob Mullens later this week

With his season-ending press conference looming, Mark Helfrich called Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens this morning to ask about his job status. Helfrich knew the topic would dominate conversation during the media session, and he wanted clarity. He got none. “I really don’t know anything at this point,” Helfrich told …

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Oregon snaps eight-game Civil War winning streak with 34-24 loss to Oregon State

CORVALLIS — Everyone in the stadium and watching on TV knew exactly what Oregon State was going to do with the ball. The Oregon coaching staff and its defense knew what the Beavers were going to do. Yet, play after play, the Ducks were unable to stop the run game in …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon State outlasts Oregon 34-24 in season finale

CORVALLIS — Oregon has lost the Civil War for the first time since 2007. With the score tied at 14 at halftime, the Ducks scored 10 consecutive second-half points for a 24-14 lead, but the Beavers rallied for 20 consecutive points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, to make it a …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon and Oregon State tied at 14 at the half

CORVALLIS — The 120th meeting of the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State had a little bit of everything in the first half. For what has become a lopsided series the past decade, the first half was a competitive and evenly matched showing with teams trading blows like heavyweight …

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Matt Lubick: Team ‘excited’ for this year’s Civil War game

Despite no longer being bowl eligible, Oregon still has something to play for this season. Coming off their 30-28 upset win over Utah last week, the Ducks look to have a positive ending to an otherwise disastrous season. They head to Corvallis on Saturday to try to extend their Civil …

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Johnny Mundt, Justin Hollins have potential for big impact in the upcoming Civil War

**Correction: The previous version of this article listed Bright Ugwoegbu as a player to watch, but he will miss the Civil War with an ankle injury.** Updated on Nov. 23, at 12:40 PM. The Civil War will be the battle between the two worst teams in the Pac-12 North, but …

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Steve Greatwood reflects on previous Civil War memories while preparing for Saturday

For the past couple of years, the Civil War has brought the feeling of excitement to Eugene. This year, however, the game will be hosted in Corvallis, and Oregon students are too ready for this disappointing season to be done with to be excited. Oregon has been the more dominant …

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Stackup: Oregon holds advantages on both offense and defense against Oregon State

For the first time since 2004, Oregon is going into the Civil War against Oregon State knowing that this will be the final game of its season. For the past couple of years, Oregon has played well after the regular season due to Pac-12 championship games and bowl games. Yet this season …

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Oregon’s scout team does its best to imitate Ryan Nall leading up to Civil War

Scout team is an aspect that is often overlooked among all the chaos of Oregon football, but is something that is “vital” for the Ducks’ success, according to head coach Mark Helfrich. Throughout the season, the scout team has attempted to emulate certain players, playing styles and overall offenses and …

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John Neal finds similarities between Oregon State and Utah as Ducks prepare for Civil War

With a surprising 30-28 win against No. 11 Utah under their belt, the Ducks now turn their attention to their final game of the 2016 season — Saturday’s Civil War at Oregon State. Even though Oregon has defeated Oregon State for eight straight years, the Beavers not a team that should be underestimated. …

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Justin Herbert put Sheldon High’s fishing club on the map

Oregon fans were well aware of Justin Herbert’s three-sport background at Sheldon High School. But most weren’t aware that he also co-founded the fishing club at Sheldon, along with teammate Ryan Phillipo. That was until Pac-12 Network aired a photo of Herbert during Oregon’s game against Arizona State. The photo …

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AP Poll: Louisville drops from top 10, Colorado jumps to No. 9

The Week 13 AP Poll saw far less movement and drama than it did in Week 12. After getting blown out by unranked Houston, Lamar Jackson and Louisville fell all the way from No. 3 to No. 11 in this week’s poll. Undefeated Alabama remains the consensus No. 1 team …

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Mark Helfrich declines to discuss Pharaoh Brown’s alleged acts of violence

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich did not publicly address any of Pharaoh Brown’s three alleged acts of violence when they occurred, and he declined to do so now that they’ve been reported by the Emerald. At his weekly press conference Sunday evening, the Emerald asked Helfrich whether he read the story on Brown and if …

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Carrington’s game-winning catch allows Oregon fans and players to escape tumultuous season for one afternoon

SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in weeks, wide receiver Darren Carrington reverted back to something that used to come so naturally for him: Simply having fun with the game of football. Amid a lackluster season and during a week in which he was under investigation by police, Carrington made arguably …

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