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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

**Update: Klinger confirmed Wednesday morning that Prevot remains under criminal investigation by UOPD.** Former Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot has been suspended from the University of Oregon for two years, UO spokesman Tobin Klinger confirmed in December. According to Klinger, Prevot was found responsible for a “serious violation” of the student conduct …

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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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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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