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 and confirmed to the Emerald by Eugene Police spokeswoman.

The announcment that Reaves will be fired comes just five days after he was officialy hired by the school.

Lane County Jail

Reaves had another adult passenger in the car when he was stopped at 10th and Willamette at 2:12 a.m. on Jan. 22 after multiple traffic violations. The Oregonian reported that Reaves was charged and booked at Lane County Jail at 5:18 a.m. and departed after posting bail of $1,460 at 9:52 a.m.

The responding officer suspected impairment upon contact with Reaves.

He is due to appear in Eugene Municipal court on Jan. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

“The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness,” Mullens said.

UO spokesman Craig Pintens said no recruits or student-athletes were in the car with Reaves at the time of his arrest.

Reaves was officially hired by the Ducks on Jan. 17 after working under head coach Willie Taggart at USF. Taggart tabbed him to be the Ducks’ co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and passing game coordinator. He was set to make $300,000 per year for the next two years.

He spent four years with Taggart at South Florida and was set to share co-offensive coordinator duties with Mario Cristobal during the 2017 season.

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Jonathan was an associate sports editor during the 2016-17 school year and worked at the Emerald from 2013-17. He covered women's basketball and football.