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Irele Oderinde hired as strength and conditioning coach

Oregon head football coach Willie Taggart has continued his trend of hiring outside the previous Oregon administration. In his latest move, Taggart has hired Irele Oderinde as a new strength and conditioning coach for the football team. Jim Radcliffe, who has been with the Ducks for 32 years, will remain a strength and …

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Oregon names Keith Heyward as safeties coach

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart has hired Keith Heyward as safeties coach, it was announced via press release on GoDucks.com Wednesday. Heyward comes to Oregon after a year working as the Louisville Cardinal’s defensive backs coach. Prior to Louisville he spent four seasons in the Pac-12 working under former Washington and USC head coach Steve …

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Wide receiver Jalen Brown leaving Oregon football team as graduate transfer

Oregon wide receiver Jalen Brown will graduate in June and play his final two years of eligibility at another school, he announced on Twitter. “I will be looking to continue my collegiate career at another institution,” Brown wrote. “I have received my permission to contact, and I am in the …

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From Pimpleton to Leavitt, meet the new faces of the Oregon football’s coaching staff

Oregon football fans will see an all-new set of coaches on the sideline next season after decades of a familiar coaching staff. New head coach Willie Taggart has yet to complete his staff, but here are the official additions so far: Charles Clark, Cornerbacks The native of Eustsis, Florida, began his college football …

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Report: Oregon to hire WSU defensive line coach Joe Salave’a

Willie Taggart has reportedly hired Washington State defensive line coach Joe Salave’a to coach the same position group at Oregon, FootballScoop.com reported Monday night. CSN Northwest’s Aaron Fentress was first to report that Oregon was targeting Salave’a for its staff. Salave’a played at Arizona and later in the NFL for Tennessee, Baltimore, San …

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Three Oregon football players ‘no longer with’ team following criminal accusations

Three Oregon football players who had off-the-field issues are “no longer with the team,” UO athletics spokesman Craig Pintens confirmed Monday afternoon. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Eddie Heard, freshman wide receiver Tristen Wallace and freshman linebacker Darrian Franklin are done playing for the Ducks. Pintens would not confirm whether new head coach Willie Taggart …

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Oregon names Charles Clark as a new defensive backs coach

The new football coaching staff at Oregon continues to take shape as the university announced Thursday afternoon that Charles Clark will be a new defensive backs coach for the team. Clark formerly coached with newly anointed Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt while at Colorado. In 2016, under Clark, the Colorado defense …

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Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington announces that he will return for his senior year

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart received another crucial commitment Wednesday night as senior wide receiver Darren Carrington announced via his Instagram account that he will return for his senior year. Carrington joins fellow Oregon juniors Royce Freeman and Tyrell Corsby as players who have announced their intent to return for …

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Ducks officially name Donte Pimpleton as running backs coach under Willie Taggart

Oregon officially announced its hire of former USF assistant Donte Pimpleton as Ducks running back coach on Wednesday night. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman first broke the news on Dec. 30. Pimpleton is the third official member of first-year Oregon coach Willie Taggart’s staff, joining defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and wide receivers …

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Oregon DL Wayne Tei-Kirby tweets that he will transfer to BYU

Oregon freshman defensive lineman Wayne Tei-Kirby will transfer from the Ducks football team and enroll at BYU, he tweeted from his account on Monday night. “I would like to thank the University of Oregon for the amazing opportunity of being a Duck, but due to family matters, and issues I …

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Report: Oregon football to hire Lousiville assistant Keith Heyward to coach defensive backs

Willie Taggart’s staff is growing by the day. FootballScoop.com reported on Monday that Taggart will hire Louisville assistant Keith Heyward to coach Oregon’s defensive backs. Heyward will reportedly replace John Neal, who had coached the defensive backs at Oregon since 2003. Heyward coached at Louisville last season. He spent time at USC …

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Utah State football hires former Oregon QB coach David Yost as offensive coordinator

Former Oregon quarterbacks coach David Yost was hired as Utah State’s offensive coordinator on Friday afternoon. Yost spent just one season in Eugene, working to develop freshman quarterback Justin Herbert. Yost’s hiring is the fourth known assistant under Mark Helfrich not to join Willie Taggart’s staff. Matt Lubick was hired as wide receivers …

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Report: Oregon to hire USF running back coach Donte Pimpleton

According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Oregon football is set to add South Florida running back coach Donte Pimpleton to coach the same position with the Ducks. New head coach Willie Taggart is bringing in Pimpleton to replace Gary Campbell, who worked at Oregon’s running back coach since 1983. Pimpleton …

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New DC Jim Leavitt receives 4-year, $4.6-million contract; WRs coach Jimmie Dougherty receives 2-year, $550K deal

Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt will receive $1.15 million per year for four years and wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty will receive $275,000 per year for two years as part of their new contracts with the University of Oregon, public records show. According to salary data from USA TODAY, Leavitt’s new contract will …

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WR Tristen Wallace under investigation for criminal offense and student conduct code violation; LB Darrian Franklin also implicated

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. — Athletic department spokesman Craig Pintens confirmed both Tristen Wallace and Darrian Franklin were suspended by former UO coach Mark Helfrich in October and remain suspended. Oregon wide receiver Tristen Wallace is under criminal investigation by the University of Oregon Police Department and is being investigated by UO …

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Gary Campbell tweets that he won’t return as Oregon assistant coach

Long-time running backs coach Gary Campbell will not return Oregon to be a part of Willie Taggart’s coaching staff, he announced in a tweet Friday. Campbell was the longest-tenured coach in Oregon history and the nation’s longest-tenured assistant coach at one school among FBS coaches. He joined the Oregon staff in 1983. “Thanks to all for your …

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Ducks officially name Jimmie Dougherty wide receivers coach

Willie Taggart isn’t slowing down with the holidays right around the corner. Oregon officially announced its hire of former Michigan offensive analyst Jimmie Dougherty to be Taggart’s receivers coach on Friday afternoon, adding the second piece to Taggart’s staff. The hire was first reported last week by FootballScoop.com. Dougherty spent the 2016 season …

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Report: Ole Miss tabs former Oregon OC Matt Lubick as wide receivers coach

Former Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick will take a job at Ole Miss coaching the team’s wide receivers, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported Thursday afternoon. Lubick is no stranger to Ole Miss, having coached in Oxford under Ed Orgeron during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. SOURCE: Former #Oregon OC Matt Lubick …

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Tyrell Crosby also to return to Oregon for senior season

Christmas is just under a week away, but the Oregon football program is getting a couple of nice presents early. After all-American running back Royce Freeman announced earlier today that he will be returning for his senior season, the Ducks got another big commitment. Tyrell Crosby, Oregon’s starting left tackle …

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Royce Freeman to return to Oregon for senior season

Running back Royce Freeman announced Wednesday that he will return to Oregon in 2017 to play his senior season under head coach Willie Taggart. “After consulting with my family and giving this considerable thought, I feel this is the best decision for me in regards to my future on and off the field,” …

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Torrodney Prevot suspended two years from UO following ‘serious’ student conduct code violation

Former Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot has been suspended from the University of Oregon for two years, UO spokesman Tobin Klinger confirmed. According to Klinger, Prevot was found responsible for a “serious violation” of the student conduct code pertaining to domestic violence and gender-based harassment. As a result, Prevot will not be …

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Torrodney Prevot plans to graduate transfer from Oregon football team

Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot, who was suspended by Mark Helfrich before the start of the 2016 season, announced on Twitter Monday night that he will transfer to play elsewhere after earning his degree from UO. Prevot was never reinstated to the team by Helfrich. He was never charged with a …

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Report: Michigan’s Jimmie Dougherty headed to Eugene as wide receivers coach

Willie Taggart has reportedly made another move to continue building out his staff. Michigan’s Jimmie Dougherty will join Taggart’s staff as wide receivers coach, FootballScoop.com reported Sunday night. Dougherty currently serves as an offensive analyst for the Wolverines under head coach Jim Harbaugh, someone who Taggart has said influenced his life tremendously. …

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Jim Leavitt officially named Oregon defensive coordinator

Following a disappointing season in which the Ducks defense ranked third-worst nationwide, Oregon officially hired Jim Leavitt to replace Brady Hoke as defensive coordinator. The new hire became official just over a week after the Ducks hired former South Florida coach Willie Taggart to replace Mark Helfrich as head coach. In …

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Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre on Jim Leavitt’s departure: ‘I wish him the best’

Though Oregon has not yet announced Jim Leavitt’s hiring as defensive coordinator, Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre released a statement on Thursday thanking Leavitt for his contributions to CU. On Wednesday, FOX Sports reported that Leavitt will leave Boulder for Eugene to become Willie Taggart’s defensive coordinator. “Jim and our defensive …

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Report: Colorado’s Jim Leavitt to become Oregon defensive coordinator

Oregon will reportedly hire Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt as its new defensive coordinator, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported Wednesday afternoon. Feldman said Leavitt will sign a four-year deal with the Ducks. Feldman also reported that Leavitt will become the highest paid defensive coordinator in Pac-12 history. The move is …

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Trump offers cabinet position to former Oregon football player

President-elect Donald J. Trump has offered the Secretary of the Interior cabinet position to Montana Republican Representative Ryan Zinke, according to the Associated Press. Zinke, 55, graduated from University of Oregon, where he was an offensive lineman on the football team from 1980-83. Zinke is an ex-Navy SEAL who earned …

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Butler: Willie Taggart’s energy may be just what Oregon football needs

New Oregon football head coach Willie Taggart was not shy about what he expects to accomplish in his new job. He wants Oregon to win a national championship. He said it the moment he stepped off the plane to Eugene. On winning a national title, Taggart said, “There is no reason for …

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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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