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UO releases findings of athletic department free speech investigation

***This story has been updated to include comments from athletic department spokesman Craig Pintens. The University of Oregon concluded its investigation of potential free speech policy violations by the athletic department this week. The investigation found that the athletic department did nothing illegal, but could improve its media relations in …

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Pro Day: Pharaoh Brown calls Emerald report “BS,” former Ducks perform for scouts

Scouts representing numerous NFL teams descended on the Moshofsky Center Thursday for Oregon’s annual Pro Day. In total, fourteen Oregon players had their measurements taken and performed drills in front of coaches, media members and scouts in hopes of being drafted in late April. Among the players in attendance were TEs Pharaoh Brown …

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Taggart completes staff with hiring of Johnson as WR coach

Willie Taggart’s staff is officially complete — for the second time since he was hired. After the departures of Jimmie Dougherty and David Reaves, Taggart had to fill two slots. The Ducks officially named Michael Johnson as wide receivers coach on Wednesday morning to finalize Taggart’s assistant coaching staff. Johnson …

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Former Oregon football player Colt Lyerla convicted of felony heroin possession

Colt Lyerla, the former Oregon Ducks standout tight end, was convicted of heroin possession in Washington County court last week, court records show. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 14. Lyerla was arrested in a Portland suburb in August 2016 when police allegedly found him lighting and smoking a …

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Why Willie Taggart is not talking to The Oregonian’s lead Ducks beat reporter

Oregon’s new football coach is still upset over a Jan. 16 news report about an early season workout that sent three of his players to the hospital. The report resulted in the suspension of strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde for one month without pay. Head coach Willie Taggart, whom Oregon …

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Oregon officially announces hiring of Marcus Arroyo as co-offensive coordinator

Oregon has officially hired Marcus Arroyo as its co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and tight ends coach, the school announced in a press release on Tuesday. Reports broke on Feb. 9 that the Ducks were working to hire Arroyo in order to fill the void left by David Reaves, who was …

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Report: Marcus Arroyo expected to be hired by Oregon as new QBs coach

After a few months of uncertainty with his coaching staff, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart has reportedly settled on his new quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported that Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo will join Taggart’s staff. SOURCE: #OkState asst Marcus Arroyo is returning …

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Report: Oregon WR coach Jimmie Dougherty takes job at UCLA

UPDATE: UCLA has announced Dougherty’s hire. Oregon head coach Willie Taggart now has two open spots to fill on his coaching staff. Wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty has reportedly left Taggart’s staff to become the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at UCLA, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported on Wednesday morning. “Knowing Jimmie …

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Oregon football assistant David Reaves resigns amid termination process

Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator, David Reaves, who was in the process of being fired following his early morning arrest for DUII on Jan. 22, resigned on Friday, a school spokesman said. The news, which was first reported by The Register-Guard, comes after Reaves, formerly an assistant under coach Willie Taggart at …

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Taggart aiming to bring the ‘swagger back at Oregon’ with 2017 recruiting class

As Willie Taggart sat in front of multiple members of the media on Wednesday afternoon, he couldn’t help but smile. Taggart, Oregon’s new head coach, was addressing the media after putting together his first recruiting class for the Ducks. “There are a lot of messages out there but more it’s about getting …

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Deommodore Lenoir, rated the nation’s No. 1 athlete, chooses Ducks on National Signing Day

Oregon football’s 2017 recruiting class got its biggest commitment late Wednesday on National Signing Day. Deommodore Lenoir, a four-star cornerback from Los Angeles, California, has decided to sign with Oregon. He is the seventh ranked cornerback in the nation and will be Oregon’s highest rated recruit of the 2017 class, according …

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State of Florida makes its mark on Oregon’s recruiting class

Most Duck fans were asleep when Oregon commits faxed their National Letters of Intent from the East Coast. For Oregon, seven of eight from the eastern time zone came from Florida. It makes sense. New head coach Willie Taggart and much of his staff coached in the state for a number of …

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Sheldon HS offensive lineman Cody Shear pledges to Ducks on National Signing Day

The Sheldon High School pipeline to Oregon football isn’t stopping anytime soon. Cody Shear, an offensive lineman from Eugene, tweeted on National Signing Day that he will sign with the Ducks. Shear had previously pledged to Arizona. He had offers from Washington State, Oregon State, BYU and and Virginia. Shear, a 6-foot-4, …

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National Signing Day: Oregon signs first class under head coach Willie Taggart (live updates)

The day he was hired, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart promised to “attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.” So far, he’s been good on his promise. When Taggart arrived at Oregon in early December, the Oregon recruiting class was ranked in the mid-40’s nationally; entering Wednesday, they …

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Safety Billy Gibson signs with Oregon on National Signing Day

Some recruits opt for extravagant National Signing Day announcements. Others, like Florida safety Billy Gibson, simply send in their Letter of Intent. The Ducks announced that they had signed Gibson, a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, in a tweet early Wednesday morning. According to 247Sports, which ranked Gibson the No. 65 safety in …

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On eve of National Signing Day, No. 1-ranked JUCO OL George Moore commits to Ducks

The Ducks received some top-notch recruiting news on Tuesday night, just hours before the program kicks off National Signing Day festivities on Wednesday morning. George Moore, rated the No. 1 junior college offensive tackle by 247Sports, pledged to the Ducks’ 2017 recruiting class. Moore checks in at 6-foot-7, 305 pounds. 247Sports’ Ryan …

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Oregon’s recruiting class could improve from good to great on National Signing Day

With fewer than 24 hours until National Signing Day on Wednesday, Oregon is riding a tremendous upward trend in the national recruiting rankings. Since Willie Taggart was hired as Oregon’s head coach in early December, he has been working like a madman to add to an Oregon recruiting class that was …

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Oregon football to fire assistant David Reaves after Sunday morning arrest

Oregon assistant football coach David Reaves was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment and DUII. He has been placed on administrative leave and “the process to terminate his employment with cause has been commenced,” athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. Reaves’ arrest was first reported by KVAL …

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Ducks land commitments from DT Austin Faoliu and linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia during Polynesian Bowl

Two players in Saturday night’s Polynesian Bowl announced they would attend Oregon next year. Three-star defensive tackle Austin Faoliu was first, then linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia pledged to the Ducks. Faoliu — a Santa Ana, California, native — picked the Ducks over Oklahoma and others, according to The Oregonian. Faoliu is the third former Arizona …

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Willie Taggart tabs Raymond Woodie as special teams coordinator, completing 2017 staff

It officially took 34 days for new Oregon coach Willie Taggart to hire his nine-member staff. Taggart began with defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and rounded out his staff with former USF assistant Raymond Woodie on Thursday. Woodie will serve as special teams coordinator at Oregon. He was the defensive coordinator last season …

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Oregon announces 2017 football schedule

With a disappointing 2016 season behind it, the Oregon football team has it sights set on next season under the leadership of new head coach Willie Taggart. The Pac-12 released its finalized schedule for the 2017 season on Wednesday. The Ducks’ season will include five home games and four road games. …

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Pac-12 statement on Oregon football hospitalizations: “We are supportive of the discipline”

The Pac-12 Conference commented late Tuesday night on the developments at Oregon involving the hospitalization of three football players. In it, the conference said it has been in correspondence with Oregon’s athletic department. “The health and safety of our student-athletes is very important to us,” Pac-12 spokesman Dave Hirsch wrote …

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New football conditioning coach Irele Oderinde suspended following hospitalization of three players

Oregon’s new football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde has been suspended following the hospitalization of three players three days into off-season conditioning workouts, the UO Athletic Department announced Tuesday. Oderinde, whose official hire was announced Jan. 11, is suspended without pay for one month. According to the press release, …

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Oregon football tabs David Reaves as co-offensive/passing-game coordinator

On the same day that Oregon football announced its hiring Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator and run-game coordinator, the school also announced who he will share offensive coordinator duties with. David Reaves will join Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and passing game coordinator. Reaves spent four years working under new …

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Former Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal named co-offensive and run-game coordinator

Oregon announced Tuesday in a news release that former Alabama assistant head coach, Mario Cristobal, has joined Willie Taggart’s staff as co-offensive coordinator and run-game coordinator. Cristobal, who has spent the last four seasons coaching under Nick Saban, will also serve as Oregon’s offensive line coach. Cristobal signed a three-year …

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Four-star quarterback Braxton Burmeister commits to Oregon

Braxton Burmeister, rated a four-star quarterback by 247Sports, has flipped his commitment from Arizona to Oregon. The La Jolla, California, native did not show up to the Arizona campus with the rest of the early enrollees on Jan. 9. He’s rated the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports. The 6-foot, 211-pound dual …

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Social media reacts: Ducks reportedly hire Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal

The Ducks finally got ‘Bama. Sort of. News broke on Friday morning that Oregon had finalized talks with Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal to become the Ducks’ co-offensive coordinator. The report was met with enthusiasm from Oregon fans as Cristobal was named the nation’s top recruiter in 2015 by 247Sports. Cristobal has …

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Report: Oregon to hire Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator and o-line coach

Willie Taggart is one step closer to completing his staff. Alabama’s Mario Cristobal will be named as Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, according to 247Sports.com. USA TODAY also reported the hiring, though University of Oregon has not confirmed. ESPN reported that Cristobal will share the offensive coordinator position with former …

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Oregon tabs WSU’s Joe Salave’a as assistant head coach/defensive line coach

The Ducks will add a Washington State assistant to their football staff for the second consecutive year. Oregon announced on Friday morning in a news release its addition of Joe Salave’a as assistant head coach and defensive line coach. He will move to Eugene after five seasons in Pullman. He’s also …

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