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Oregon will fire co-OC/TE coach David Reaves following his arrest on suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning.

In a statement, AD Rob Mullens said, "The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness." Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and Oregon has started into the termination process. To say that it has been an embarrassing week for the program might be an understatement. Strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde was hit with a month-long suspension earlier in January after three players were hospitalized following reported grueling workouts. And Reaves' termination comes just days after Oregon hired him. Per Eugene police, Reaves was stopped at 2:12 AM Sunday morning due to "multiple traffic violations." Reaves followed HC Willie Taggart over from South Florida, having served as part of the Bulls' staff since 2013. His firing comes just a week-and-a-half before National Signing Day.
Jan 22 - 3:14 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 LB Isaac Slade-Matautia.

Slade pledged his talents to the Ducks during Saturday's Polynesian Bowl. Rivals ranks the Honolulu native as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Hawaii for this cycle.'s Greg Biggins notes that the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder is "a physical player and hits like a truck." Biggins could see Slade-Matautia contributing as either an inside or outside linebacker once he joins HC Willie Taggart's crew in Eugene.
Jan 22 - 12:06 PM

The three Oregon players who were hospitalized last week following strenuous workouts have been released from PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi, as well as TE Cam McCormick, were hospitalized following what were described by The Oregonian's Andrew Greif as "grueling" workout regiments late last week. Their hospitalizations led to the one-month suspension of strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde.
Jan 20 - 5:33 PM

Oregon hired USF DC Raymond Woodie to serve as special teams coach.

Woodie had been on staff with the Bulls since 2012. With Ducks HC Willie Taggart smuggling him over to Eugene, Oregon's coaching staff is now officially full up. He stands as the third member of Taggart's crew to come over from South Florida, joining RB coach Donte Pimpleton and co-OC/TE coach David Reaves.
Jan 19 - 5:57 PM

The Oregonian's Andrew Greif reports that three Oregon players have been hospitalized following "grueling" strength and conditioning workouts last week.

Per Greif, the three players in question are OLs Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and TE Cam McCormick. While the trio remains hospitalized at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, they are said to be listed in fair condition. Greif writes that the workouts have been "described by multiple sources as akin to military basic training, with one said to include up to an hour of continuous push-ups and up-downs." In a released statement, Oregon said, "While we cannot comment on the health of our individual students, we have implemented modifications as we transition back into full training to prevent further occurrences."
Jan 16 - 8:26 PM

Arizona four-star 2017 verbal QB commit Braxton Burmeister flipped his commitment to Oregon.

Willie Taggart lands a direct hit on his new Pac-12 foes. Burmeister initially committed to Arizona last winter, then reopened his commitment, then re-committed to the Wildcats in May. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound gunslinger posted big numbers at La Joya County Day as a senior in 2016, throwing for 4,461 yards with a 53/8 TD/INT ratio. He ranks as Rivals' No. 217 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle and stands as the outlet's No. 13 dual-threat quarterback prospect. Burmeister is the only quarterback commitment on Oregon's ledger at this juncture, but the Ducks are a team to monitor closely over the final three weeks before National Signing Day. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Taggart grab a few more high-profile recruits before all is said and done. Burmeister had actually been hoping for an Oregon offer during the summer, but then-HC Mark Helfrich never extended one to the quarterback.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 13 - 6:30 PM

South Florida associate head coach David Reaves will become the co-offensive coordinator at Oregon, per ESPN.

Reaves will share OC duties with Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, who was also reportedly hired on Friday. Reaves worked under new Oregon coach Willie Taggart for the past four seasons with the Bulls.
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 3:35 PM

Oregon hired Alabama offensive tackles/TE coach Mario Cristobal as OL coach and co-OC.

This is another strong hire by new HC Willie Taggart, who has cobbled together quite the staff in his short time at the helm. Cristobal is one of the nation’s best recruiters -- he was 247Sports' National Recruiter of the Year in 2015 and is currently ranked the No. 2 recruiter in this cycle -- and also one of its best offensive line coaches. At Alabama, he signed a host of studs including Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jonah Williams, Calvin Ridley, Jerry Jeudy, Cam Robinson, Daron Payne and Lester Cotton. Cristobal also had a strong stint as head coach of FIU from 2007-2012, leading the program to its first two winning seasons in its history.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 13 - 12:37 PM

247Sports' Justin Hopkins reports that Alabama OL coach Mario Cristobal has accepted the same job at Oregon.

This news probably doesn't do much for Nick Saban's mood on Tuesday morning. Cristobal is highly respected in the coaching ranks and was actually reportedly in the running to be named Miami's head coach in November of 2015. That job ultimately went to Mark Richt.
Jan 10 - 3:58 PM

Oregon redshirt sophomore WR Jalen Brown will transfer.

Brown's apparently absolutely crushed it with his academics, as he will be graduating in the spring. This, of course, means that he will be eligible to play immediately with another FBS program come the start of the 2017 campaign. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder worked his way to a 19-318-3 receiving line in nine games this past season. Those numbers are quiet enough, though Brown did average a strong 16.7 yards per reception. Rivals ranked him as their No. 89 prospect for the 2014 cycle.
Jan 10 - 2:15 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports a "hunch" that former San Francisco 49ers and Oregon Ducks HC Chip Kelly "wouldn't take Cal."

The Golden Bears could procure Kelly at an enormous financial discount because of what the Eagles and 49ers owe him, but Feldman doesn't think the former Oregon coach will go along with the plan. "If he opts to stay out for the 2017 season, Kelly's going to have many options and that will include at schools much more committed to football than this one," Feldman wrote.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 9 - 1:06 PM

Five of Oregon's top eight receivers will return next season.

Oregon received tremendous news when redshirt junior WR Darren Carrington announced he would return for his senior season. In an offense that at times struggled to throw this season, Carrington produced a team-high 606 receiving yards on 43 catches in 12 games. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound big-play speedster owns a 17.1 yards per reception career average. New coach Willie Taggart is off to a tremendous start with the Ducks. Since being hired, he's seen star offensive players running back Royce Freeman, left tackle Tyrell Crosby and Carrington announce that they'll return for their final seasons of eligibility. Carrington joins Charles Nelson, Jalen Brown, Tony Brooks-James and Freeman as the pass-catching options returning to campus. Oregon will be back as a Pac-12 contender next year, folks.
Source: Oregon Live
Jan 6 - 2:34 PM

Oregon hired Colorado DB coach Charles Clark to serve in the same capacity.

Clark will be tagging along with DC Jim Leavitt, who previously left Colorado to join Willie Taggart's staff in Eugene. He had served on Colorado's sideline for the past four years prior to jumping over to the Ducks. With the Buffaloes, Clark's secondary did masterful work this past season, limiting opponents to 193.6 passing yards on average while allowing them to clip Colorado at just 5.7 YPA. That latter mark was tied for third best in the country.
Jan 5 - 6:15 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Darren Carrington announced he will return to the program next year.

It was a rocky season for Carrington. He dealt with a shoulder injury suffered in during an August practice. Carrington finished the year with 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns after playing in every game this season, nearly identical to his 2015 output.
Jan 5 - 10:53 AM

Oregon DC Jim Leavitt will not have to pay the buyout on his contract if he accepts the head-coaching position at Kansas State at any point over the length of his four-year contract.

There is a $500,000 buyout should Leavitt leave for another program prior to January 31, 2018, and a $250,000 buyout should he accept another job from that point on to January 31, 2020. None of this applies if he accepts the head-coaching job at Kansas State, though. Leavitt previously spent six seasons on the sideline as an assistant under current Wildcats HC Bill Snyder back in the 90's. Of course, in order for Leavitt's little loophole to apply, that job with K-State would actually have to pop open. Something to keep in mind for the future. Oregon's contract with the former CU DC is set to run for four years at $1.15 million annually.
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