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How UO students spend $5 million a year on athletics

It’s the beginning of another school year, which means another round of tuition hikes for UO students. The damage this year is a 6.6 percent increase for in-state students (about $810 per year) and a 3 percent increase for out-of-state (about $945). It was nearly 10.6 percent for in-state students, …

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Darren Carrington arrested for DUI after crashing into McDonald’s drive-through

UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: This article has been updated with details of Carrington’s arrest and updated charges. Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington was arrested by Eugene police early Saturday morning on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, careless driving and an improper right turn. Head coach Willie Taggart has …

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Former Oregon basketball player Kavell Bigby-Williams is under investigation for sexual assault

Former Oregon forward Kavell Bigby-Williams played the 2016-17 men’s basketball season while under criminal investigation for an alleged sexual assault, the Emerald has learned. Bigby-Williams, a junior, is accused of sexually assaulting a female between 10 p.m Sept. 17 and 3 a.m. Sept. 18, 2016, at an apartment near Gillette College, …

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ASUO pays athletic department $10,000 in effort to save student football and basketball tickets

While University of Oregon students protested against a 10.6 percent proposed tuition hike in March, the Associated Students of University of Oregon (ASUO) voted to transfer $10,000 to the UO athletic department. ASUO’s hope was that the one-time payment would help improve its relationship with the athletic department — which …

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Oregon track coaches restrict student-athletes’ access to the press

Oregon track and field coaches routinely deny interview requests on student-athletes’ behalf in an effort to control which stories about the team are disseminated in the news media, the Emerald has found. Multiple times the Emerald has requested interviews with student-athletes during the indoor and outdoor track seasons, only to …

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On top of losing games, Oregon baseball is hemorrhaging cash

If Oregon baseball was winning championships, it’d be a bit easier to justify the amount of money it’s costing the University of Oregon. When then-athletic director Pat Kilkenny decided to revive the baseball program and drop wrestling in 2009, he projected it to turn a profit within five years. But according …

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Men’s and women’s track snag Pac-12 titles, No. 3 softball set to begin postseason run

— Both the men and women of Oregon clinched the Pac-12 track and field championships Sunday in Eugene. Kyree King for the men and Deajah Stevens for the women swept the 100 and 200 meters, while Edward Cheserek pulled off yet another win in the 10,000 and Blake Haney returned …

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Ex-Oregon volleyball players allege mistreatment, ‘mental abuse’ by former coaches Jim Moore and Stacy Metro

Six former Oregon volleyball players signed a letter to UO officials alleging that former coaches Jim Moore and Stacy Metro mistreated them while they were members of the Ducks volleyball team, the Emerald has learned. The letter, written by former player Naya Crittenden and forwarded to the Emerald, supported the …

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UO student, 20, pleads not guilty to strangulation charge

A University of Oregon student plead not guilty to strangulation on Friday after allegedly choking a man until the man blacked out at the Patterson Medical building, four blocks from campus. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lane County Circuit Court, Hunter Hastings, a 20-year-old economics major, was caught on video on March 31 grabbing …

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Four found dead in plane crash north of Eugene

HARRISBURG, Ore. — Four people have been confirmed dead in a plane crash Friday morning near Harrisburg, about 10 miles north of Eugene, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said. A small, single-engine plane crashed into an empty field off Peoria Road about a mile and a half north of Harrisburg just before 11 …

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Reporters pleased as Oregon’s new open football practice policy goes into effect

Head coach Willie Taggart is changing the way the Oregon football program interacts with the media, and reporters seem happy about the changes. On Wednesday, Taggart opened the Ducks’ first spring practice to the media. It’s a major diversion from policies of previous head coaches Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly, …

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Faculty vs. athletics: Fighting for control

Connor Johnson, a former longsnapper on the Oregon football team, said it’s a “bummer” how many athletes have to make decisions they don’t want to make due to conflicts with sports. Almost all the time, he said — whether it’s being unable to enroll in certain majors or take classes …

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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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Taggart fills out coaching staff, Ducks make offer to Justin Herbert’s brother Patrick

— Oregon football head coach Willie Taggart filled out his coaching staff with the hiring of former UCLA and 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson as his wide receivers coach, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Johnson, father of touted class of 2019 quarterback prospect Michael Johnson Jr., replaces Jimmie Dougherty, …

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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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Podcast: The rebranding of UO Football

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald writers Jack Butler and Ryan Kostecka join editor Kenny Jacoby to discuss how coach Willie Taggart is succeeding Mark Helfrich, the rebranding of UO Football and why you won’t see the team with the Twitter handle @WinTheDay anymore. This episode was produced by …

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Oregon reportedly hires defensive line coach, multiple football players ‘no longer with’ team

— Three players who had off-the-field issues are “no longer with” the Oregon football program, a UO athletics spokesman confirmed Monday. The players were suspended indefinitely by former head coach Mark Helfrich, but will not return under new head coach Willie Taggart. — The Oregonian’s Andrew Greif found four other Ducks …

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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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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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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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UO files motion to dismiss third amended complaint in lawsuits filed by former Oregon basketball players

The University of Oregon issued its latest response to the lawsuits filed by three former Oregon basketball players on Friday, Dec. 2, court documents show. Plaintiffs Brandon Austin, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson had filed lawsuits against UO claiming their due process rights under the 14th Amendment were violated when they …

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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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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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Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown accused of three acts of violence since October 2014

Oregon senior tight end Pharaoh Brown has been accused of three acts of violence off the field since October 2014, an investigation by the Emerald has revealed. Brown is one of the most well-known figures on the Ducks football team and University of Oregon campus. A redshirt senior and NFL …

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Quick Hits: Oregon-Stanford stakes lower than before, but still high for Mark Helfrich

— Fans have grown accustomed to high stakes when Oregon plays Stanford each year, but that’s not the case this season. The Emerald‘s Jarrid Denney discussed how the teams find themselves in unfamiliar territory entering Saturday’s matchup at Autzen Stadium. — The Oregonian‘s Andrew Greif wrote that Saturday’s game itself may not …

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Darren Carrington, Royce Freeman take back seat in 45-20 loss to USC

LOS ANGELES — Moments before throwing his hands in the air, grabbing his belongings and briskly exiting the LA Coliseum, a Ducks fan in the sixth row yelled, “Come on, Oregon! Just wake up!” It was a little late for the Ducks to “wake up” down 25 points with less than six …

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Eddie Heard arrested for assault and harassment after allegedly punching woman

UPDATE Nov. 3, 1:41 p.m.: This article has been updated to include information about Heard’s arraignment UPDATE Nov. 3, 11:09 a.m.: This article has been updated to include details of Heard’s arrest from UOPD. UPDATE Nov. 3, 6:34 a.m.: This article has been updated include a statement from Mark Helfrich. Oregon …

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Oregon beats Arizona State, but many student fans leave before the ending

The Ducks broke their five-game losing streak with a 54-35 win over Arizona State Saturday at Autzen Stadium. By many accounts it was the most impressive game they’ve played all season: the Ducks outgained the Sun Devils by 266 yards, the defense forced three interceptions, and freshman quarterback Justin Herbert set …

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Rock Bottom: Oregon’s defense is now the worst in college football

1996. The same year Nintendo released the N64 and Mark Helfrich earned his bachelor’s degree, the Ducks had their worst-ever defensive season under head coach Mike Bellotti. They allowed an average of 32.4 points per game, which ranked 89th out of 111 teams. That was the last year the Ducks …

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