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Oregon will reinstate suspended strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde on Sunday.

Oderinde was hit with a one-month suspension sans pay following a series of grueling January workouts which forced three Duck student-athletes to be hospitalized. Moving forward, Oderinde will report to the director of performance and sport science in the athletic department, rather than HC Willie Taggart.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 17 - 7:32 PM

Oregon hired former San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator Michael Johnson Sr. as wide receivers coach.

The post opened earlier this month when Jimmie Dougherty left Oregon for UCLA. That Johnson Sr. would take it is something of a surprise, as he'd been rumored to be heading to Michigan in an analyst role. Johnson Sr.'s employment status has been a topic of fierce debate over the past week, coming to a head when Paul Finebaum accused Jim Harbaugh of cheating for hiring him. Harbaugh shot back by calling Finebaum "Pete Finebaum" and an "SEC water carrier." All the drama stems from the fact that Johnson Sr.’s son, Michael Johnson Jr., is the top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2019.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 17 - 4:04 PM

Michigan will hire former San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator Michael Johnson.

We don't yet know what role the Wolverines have in mind for Johnson, but all their on-field coaching positions are currently filled. As for Johnson, he's currently the head coach at King's Academy, a California high school. What's interesting about that is that his best player, a prospect Michigan has its eyes on, is his son. Johnson's son Michael Jr. is considered by some to be the top dual-threat quarterback in his class. He's entering his junior season of high school and will enter college in the fall of 2019.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 5:15 PM

Oregon hired Oklahoma State RB coach Marcus Arroyo as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Specifically, Arroyo will be Oregon’s passing game coordinator. Arroyo becomes the replacement for David Reaves, who resigned not long after he was hired due to a DUI arrest. The 37-year-old Arroyo spent two seasons as Oklahoma State’s running backs coach after coaching QBs for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 10 - 12:37 PM

Appearing on the Setting the Edge podcast, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Chip Kelly landing at Alabama as OC is "possible, but I'm not sure it is likely."

Rapoport brought up "reclamation projects" Nick Saban has taken, including Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin. The reporter adds some close to Kelly want him to take the year off. Kelly's name was linked to the Falcons' offensive coordinator spot, which was filled by Sarkisian, and then later linked to Alabama's opening. However, it sounds unlikely.
Feb 8 - 6:35 PM

Oregon co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach David Reaves resigned.

This is the official end to Reaves' brief, infamous stint with the Ducks. He followed HC Willie Taggart from South Florida, where he'd coached since 2013. But not long after he was hired, Reaves was arrested on January 22 for driving under the influence. "Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced," Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement last month. Instead of being fired, Reaves stepped down.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 1:39 PM

Oregon signed three-star JUCO T George Moore.

The Ducks could use some immediate help along the line, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Moore competes for a starting gig immediately. "Tall, big bodied tackle with plenty of size and flashes very good raw strength," ESPN broke down in a scouting report. "Has ability to come off with solid pad level, roll hips and when maintains good base and knee drive can control and push defenders back. Flashes above average agility for size and ability to work up to second level. Needs to refine, but when gets hands inside can stay in front of and keep rushers at bay." Moore has some technique issues currently to work on, like setting correctly and maintaining pad level in pass pro.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 1:35 PM

Oregon signed four-star 2017 CB Deommodore Lenoir.

Lenoir was also considering Nebraska and UCLA. He had actually been committed to the Ducks up until he reopened his recruitment in November. HC Willie Taggart managed to seal the deal despite the competition. On the ESPN 300, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound corner slots in at No. 161 overall. The Worldwide Leader's scouting team sees him easing his way into collegiate play, perhaps starting out as a special teams piece before working his way into the secondary proper.
Feb 1 - 5:13 PM

Oregon signed three-star G Cody Shear.

The Ducks flipped Shear from Arizona, just like they flipped quarterback Braxton Burmeister and athlete Darrian McNeal from the Wildcats. Oh, and the Ducks also signed defensive tackle Austin Faoliu after he decommitted from Arizona. Willie Taggart likely won't be invited to Rich Rodriguez's next barbecue.
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 3:45 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio.

A little bit of positional uncertainty for Habibi-Likio, as he has contributed on both offense and defense at St. Francis High School. Rivals lists the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder as a running back, while Scout.com places a more general "athlete" tag on him. The latter outlet's Greg Biggins refers to Habibi-Likio as "one of our favorite two-way athletes in the West." He doesn't necessarily have breakaway speed, but is a bull of a back to bring down and as Biggins notes, once he gets rolling his top-end speed is more than enough to get the job done.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 30 - 5:03 PM

USF four-star 2017 ATH Bruce Judson flipped to Oregon.

Judson will follow former USF HC Willie Taggart to Eugene. He had been committed to South Florida since July. The 5-foot-9, 184-pounder is the definition of an athlete, as he has potential to play everything from a running back to a slot receiver to a corner. Rivals ranks him as their No. 24 athlete in the country, while ESPN slots him into their 300 player master list at No. 288. Taggart should have some fun figuring out how to utilize him -- the Worldwide Leader sees his best fit coming at either wideout or cornerback.
Jan 28 - 1:48 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 DT Austin Faoliu.

Faoliu made his Ducks commitment at the Polynesian Bowl over the weekend. He opted for Oregon over Oklahoma, Michigan State and Texas -- this despite the fact that the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder has yet to visit Eugene (that will come next weekend). He was actually fresh off an official visit to the Sooners at the time he made his opposite pledge. Scout.com's Blair Angulo was impressed with his work during the Polynesian Bowl practice week, writing that Faoliu "show[ed] the agility off the snap and hand quickness that made him one of the hotter prospects in the last month."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 23 - 8:32 PM

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. Scout.com'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.
Source: Scout.com
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


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