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USF HC Willie Taggart will be Oregon's next head coach, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

Taggart's name popped on occasion, but some reports gave him no chance of landing this position. Oregon decision makers disagreed, and Taggart was hired over names like P.J. Fleck. Taggart played football at WKU and coached there from 2010-2012 before taking the USF job in 2013 in his home state of Florida. His team is 17-4 over the last 21 games. Taggart has shown a willingness to change styles, as he fired offensive and defensive coordinators after a slow start at USF, something many coaches struggle with. This is the first external hire at Oregon in a very long time.
Dec 7 - 7:59 AM

Oregon has fired head coach Mark Helfrich after a meeting with athletic director Rob Mullens.

The writing was on the wall after multiple reports surfaced that Helfrich and Oregon decision makers were not communicating positively. Helfrich and Oregon finished the season with a record of 4-8, a huge step back for a program that was on the national scene with Marcus Mariota at quarterback. The inability to sustain success after losing the school's top player to the NFL had to give Oregon leaders cause for concern. Helfrich was hired from within after Chip Kelly departed for the NFL, but that is unlikely to happen this time. Jim McElwain, P.J. Fleck and (somehow) Greg Schiano have been mentioned.
Nov 30 - 8:30 AM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich said that he will meet with AD Rob Mullens to discuss his future with the program during "midweek."

Awkward awkward awkward. Following Saturday's loss to Oregon State, USA Today's George Schroeder reported that Oregon is expected to swing the axe on Helfrich's job following a 4-8 season. The coach called Mullens, reasonably asking for a person-to-person meeting. However, Mullens is on the College Football Playoff committee and is currently traveling to Dallas to attend to those duties, making such a meeting impossible until some point later in the week. Until then, Helfrich will just have to wait. He said that he "[doesn't] know anything" at this juncture.
Nov 27 - 1:49 PM

George Schroeder of USA Today reports that Oregon is "expecting to fire" HC Mark Helfrich.

Per Schroeder, Oregon hasn’t officially "pulled the trigger" yet but is making the final preparations to do just that. Helfrich's Ducks lost at Oregon State on Saturday to finish 4-8, likely ending his disappointing reign in Eugene. Western Michigan's PJ Fleck, Boise State's Bryan Harsin and UCF's Scott Frost are three candidates to monitor here if Oregon makes a move.
Source: USA Today
Nov 27 - 9:18 AM

Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries in Saturday's 34-24 loss to Oregon State.

Freeman had an odd four-game stretch in the middle of the season in which he failed to surpass 50 yards rushing in any one contest and was actually benched (to start) against USC on November 5. The 6-foot, 229-pound junior has extricated himself from whatever that weirdness was to rush for 100-plus yards in each of his last three games. It is difficult to call Freeman's 2016 campaign anything short of a disappointment. He rushed for 1,838 yards and 17 touchdowns in 13 games last season, numbers that he didn't come close to matching this time around. Freeman ends the current campaign having rushed for 945 yards and nine touchdowns over the course of 11 games played. It would be a major surprise if he did not declare for the draft in the coming weeks.
Nov 26 - 10:16 PM

Oregon redshirt senior TE Pharaoh Brown (hamstring) is not playing in Saturday's game against Oregon State.

Brown missed last weekend's tight win over Utah due to his hamstring ailment, too. It looks like the practice week has not given him enough time to recovery from that hammy tweak. As Oregon will not be making a postseason bowl, the 6-foot-6, 234-pound Brown finishes his 2016 season having caught 33 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns.
Nov 26 - 4:27 PM

Oregon freshman QB Justin Herbert completed 30-of-43 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 30-28 win over Utah.

Highly, highly impressive showing by Herbert. He was nearly flawless through the air -- showing moxie and intelligence in the pocket -- and also showed off nice wheels, running for 44 yards and a score. The Ducks' present is a nightmare, but the future could be bright with a stronger coaching staff. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Herbert, who boasts a 17/4 TD/INT rate, is a keeper.
Nov 19 - 5:45 PM

Oregon redshirt senior TE Pharaoh Brown has been accused of violence three times since 2014 relating to off the field incidents, according to an investigation by the Daily Emerald.

Two altercations include former teammates, one in 2014 where he knocked a player unconscious, the other in the summer of 2016 where he fought a teammate in a locker room. The most disturbing, however, is this note from the Daily Emerald, "Eugene Police Department investigated Brown for strangulation in October 2015 following a physical fight with his girlfriend at his apartment." Apparently, police concluded that the female involved was the aggressor, and no charges were delivered in any of the three incidents. Brown missed the entire 2015 season after a horrible late 2014 knee injury. He has performed well in his return to the field this year.
Nov 18 - 9:53 AM

Oregon OC Matt Lubick indicated that freshman QB Justin Herbert has picked up concepts faster than any other freshman he has ever been around.

High praise for Herbert, who has posted several fine statistical showings since taking over as starter for Dakota Prukop. In a quartet of starts, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound true frosh has thrown for 1,183 yards with a 13/3 TD/INT ratio. Quick study though Herbert may be, it hasn't translated into wins. The Ducks have lost three of Herbert's four starts. Oregon closes the season against Utah and Oregon State. At 3-7, they have already been eliminated from bowl contention.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 16 - 3:48 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Devon Allen (knee) is quitting football to go pro in track and field.

Allen has opted to forego his collegiate eligibility in both football and track in order to pursue the track portion of the equation at the professional level. A two-time hurdle champion, Allen placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics over the summer. The 6-foot, 190-pound (now former) wideout appeared in just three games this season before tearing the ACL in his left knee in mid-September. He also tore his ACL in 2015. Allen closes out his Ducks career having caught 54 passes for 919 yards and eight touchdowns. The bulk of that statistical output came during his 41-684-7 campaign as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Now free from football, Allen will spend the next four years honing his track craft in anticipation of a run at a gold medal in the 2020 Olympics.
Nov 16 - 3:29 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Darren Carrington has been accused of assault pertaining to an incident following the school's game on Oct. 30.

A business school student and three witnesses accuse Carrington of shoving him, which resulted in a broken arm. No charges have been filed and the case remains open as police investigate. Oregon officials are aware of the incident.
Nov 16 - 8:40 AM

Oregon redshirt junior DL Austin Maloata has been dismissed following a DUII and drug possession arrest.

Maloata collided with another car after running a red light. After the crash, police found methamphetamine in his car. The driving charges are misdemeanors, but the possession charge is a felony. Maloata started at least six games this season.
Nov 14 - 9:29 AM

Oregon junior RB Royce Freeman emerged from the wilderness to rush for 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Saturday's 52-27 loss to Stanford.

Freeman had inexplicably fallen into a black hole over his last four games, rushing for just 136 yards in that space. He reached the bottom of that black hole against USC last weekend, when Tony Brooks-James started in his place due to reported effort or attitude issues. On Saturday, he finally emerged from the darkness for his first 100-yard rushing effort since October 1. Oregon as a team remains lost in space, though, having lost seven of their last eight games. With Saturday's loss, the Ducks were eliminated from bowl contention. They will wrap up this sad, doomed season with contests against Utah and Oregon State over the next two weeks.
Nov 12 - 8:56 PM

Oregon sophomore DE Canton Kaumatule has taken a medical hardship, officially ending his collegiate career.

A medical hardship keeps Kaumatule on scholarship, but does not count that scholarship against the NCAA-mandated 85-man limit. A concussion limited him to eight games played as a freshman and a hamstring injury in the spring set him back in the rotation. Consider this a case of paradise lost. The 6-foot-7, 295-pounder was a blue-chip recruit out of high school, ranking as ESPN 300's No. 15 prospect in the 2015 class. He finishes his Ducks career having recorded five tackles.
Nov 8 - 3:35 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that San Francisco 49ers HC Chip Kelly has shown no indication that he is considering a return to the college ranks.

Schefter relays that "[c]olleges that privately have made overtures to Kelly’s representatives have been told in no uncertain terms that Kelly is not interested in going back to school." The 49er's currently sit at 1-7, but at least for the time being, it looks like Chip will be weathering the storm.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 7 - 1:52 PM


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