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Oregon baseball coach George Horton extends contract

Oregon baseball coach George Horton extends contract

University of Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens announced today a contract extension for baseball coach George Horton that will run through June 30, 2020.

“We appreciate George’s leadership in building Oregon baseball, and we are excited about the future,” Mullens said.

In nine seasons at Oregon, Horton has resurrected a dormant Ducks’ baseball program and built it into one of the top programs in the country. During his tenure in Eugene, he has compiled a 320-220-1 record (.592) while leading the Ducks to the postseason five times. Over the last six seasons, Oregon has won 234 games, tied for the 15th most in the country.

Under Horton, Oregon made its first modern-era NCAA appearance in just its second season of existence, playing in the NCAA Regionals in 2010. The Ducks topped that effort in 2012 advancing to their first Super Regional and finishing just one win shy of advancing to the College World Series. UO also reached the NCAA Regionals in 2013, 2014 and 2015, winning a school-record 48 games in 2013. From 2012 to 2014, Oregon was one of just eight teams to win 40-plus game in all three seasons

“I’m very happy that we were able to extend our agreement well ahead of the Sept. 10 deadline,” Horton said. “And I’m excited for and eager to start the 2017-18 season so we can continue toward achieving our goals as a baseball program.”

Oregon’s student-athletes have excelled on an off the field under Horton. A total of 29 players have been selected, two in the first round, in the Major League Baseball Draft, with four advancing to the big leagues. Academically, 36 players have been named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team during Horton’s tenure, with five earning first-team honors. In 2017 the team accumulated an average GPA of 3.02 with a 91 percent Graduation Success Rate.

Chris Boucher surgery successful

Chris Boucher surgery successful

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior forward Chris Boucher underwent successful knee surgery Wednesday to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

        Boucher, who sustained the injury late in the first half of the March 10 Pac-12 Tournament semifinal against California, is expected to make a full recovery.

        “Chris Boucher underwent successful ACL reconstruction surgery,” said Dr. Riley Williams, who performed the procedure at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. “We anticipate a full recovery with rehab set to start next week.”

        Boucher averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 2016-17 and led the Pac-12 in blocked shots at 2.6 per game. The Montreal, Quebec, native set the UO single-season record with 110 blocks as a junior a year ago.


Ducks to open three spring football practices to the public, one in Portland

Ducks to open three spring football practices to the public, one in Portland

Friday marks the first opportunity for fans to get a look at the Ducks under new head coach Willie Taggart.

EUGENE – Fans will be afforded a closer glimpse inside the new era of Oregon football under head coach Willie Taggart with the announcement that three of the program’s 14 practices prior to the April 29 Spring Game will be open to the general public as the Ducks open off-season workouts on Wednesday, April 5.

Practices in Eugene will be open to the public Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at Kilkenny Field to the west of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, while the Ducks will take their April 15 workout on the road to Portland’s Jesuit High School.

This Friday’s workout is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., with Saturday slated to start at 2:30 p.m. The April 15 practice in Portland will run from 2:30-4 p.m., with parking available in the Cronin Field’s East Lot at the intersection of S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and S.W. White Pine Lane.

For the open practices in Eugene, spectators are asked to park in the Autzen Stadium East Lot and enter the facility via the southeast ramp near the Moshofsky Center parking lot. Gates will open this weekend at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively. Fans will be asked to observe practice from the north sideline only, with cameras not allowed into the facility by the general public.

No food and/or beverages will be allowed into the practice facility. Restroom facilities will be available in the Moshofsky Center across from the Duck Store.

Admittance to the open practices will be on a first-come basis, with the number of spectators limited to once the capacity has been reached. In the event that weather forces the team to practice inside the Moshofsky Center, the open-practice status may be amended to be rescheduled another day.

The Ducks will conclude their off-season workouts with the annual Spring Game on April 29, beginning at 11 a.m. in Autzen Stadium.

Michael Johnson joins Taggart's staff as wide receivers coach

Michael Johnson joins Taggart's staff as wide receivers coach

EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart completed his coaching staff on Wednesday morning with the hiring of Michael Johnson as the Ducks’ wide receivers coach. 

Johnson arrives at Oregon with 10 seasons of experience coaching in the NFL, and has served as an offensive coordinator at both the college and professional ranks. Most recently, Johnson was the head coach at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, Calif. He coached there for three seasons after spending two as a player personnel director at North East Sports Consultants.

Johnson was given the keys to the San Francisco 49ers offense in 2010 as offensive coordinator after working as quarterbacks coach in 2009, guiding the team to more than 103.6 rushing yards per game and 313.3 total yards per game.

He moved to the college game in 2011 to take over as offensive coordinator at UCLA, where Johnson helped guide the Bruins to an appearance in the first Pac-12 Championship game. Johnson also served as the interim head coach for the Bruins in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

Prior to joining the 49ers, Johnson worked for two seasons as wide receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens (2006-07), where Johnson mentored receiver Derrick Mason, who caught 103 passes for 1,087 yards in 2007.

Johnson spent 2002-05 with the Atlanta Falcons before moving to Baltimore, working for one season as the wide receivers coach and the final three as quarterbacks coach. While at the helm of the quarterbacks, Johnson coached the electric Michael Vick to two Pro Bowl selections and a dynamic season in 2005 in which Vick threw for 2,412 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 597 yards and another six scores.

Johnson went to the Falcons after getting his NFL coaching start with the San Diego Chargers in 2001 as quarterbacks coach. Johnson coached Doug Flutie to 3,476 passing yards that season, the most by a Chargers quarterback since Dan Fouts. Johnson was also instrumental in the development of then-rookie quarterback Drew Brees.

Johnson’s coaching career began just north of his current position with the Ducks, as he coached for three years at Oregon State from 1997-1999. Johnson coached wide receivers for his first two seasons and then quarterbacks in 1999, where he helped guide the Beavers to their first bowl game in 39 years.

Johnson, a quarterback in his playing days, played for four seasons in the World Football League and the Canadian Football League. Johnson set numerous records as the starting quarterback at the University of Akron in 1988 and 1989, including being named the school’s Athlete of the Year in 1989-90. Johnson played at Arizona State (1985-86) and Mesa Community College before going to Akron. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Akron in 2008.


Oregon officially hires Marcus Arroyo as co-offensive coordinator

Oregon officially hires Marcus Arroyo as co-offensive coordinator

EUGENE – Willie Taggart has announced the addition of Marcus Arroyoas the Ducks’ new co-offensive coordinator, as well as the team’s quarterbacks and tight ends coach.

Arroyo came to Eugene after spending two years as the running backs coach at Oklahoma State. His second year with the Cowboys brought a substantial uptick in the running game from 2015, as OSU went from averaging 3.6 yards per carry and 126.8 yards per game to averaging 4.52 yards per carry and 170.9 yards per game in 2016. The Cowboys’ 32 touchdowns in 2016 were also an improvement from their 25 in 2015.

Arroyo was also instrumental in grooming running back Justice Hill, who set OSU’s freshman rushing record in 2016 and was the nation’s top freshman rusher with 1,142 yards on 206 carries (5.54 ypc).

Prior to going to Stillwater, Arroyo spent the 2014-15 season in the NFL as interim offensive coordinator and play-caller for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He originally went to Tampa Bay to coach quarterbacks, but after a health procedure sidelined Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, Arroyo took on the OC duties.

With Arroyo at the helm of the Tampa Bay offense, receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson both eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving, the first time in team history a pair of receivers went over 1,000 yards. Evans also set franchise rookie records with 68 receptions, 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns to become one of five finalists for NFL Rookie of the Year.

Before making the move to the NFL, Arroyo spent the 2013 season as the offensive coordinator and outside receivers coach at Southern Mississippi. Operating in Arroyo’s offense, true freshman quarterback Nick Mullens earned a spot on the Conference USA all-freshman team.

Arroyo gained experience working in the Pac-12 before going to USM, spending 2011 and 2012 as the passing-game coordinator and play-caller at California. Arroyo helped quarterback Zach Maynard work his way into the school’s career top 10 in both passing yards (5,204) and total offense (5,350) in only two seasons, and his 128.36 career passer efficiency rating is eighth in Cal history.

Arroyo spent the 2009 and 2010 campaigns at Wyoming as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, developing quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels into the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2009. Arroyo installed a new spread offense in 2009 that helped the Cowboys score 30 points or more five times and mount five fourth-quarter comebacks. Arroyo’s offense was stellar at taking care of the football, finishing seventh in the nation in fewest turnovers lost with only 14.

Prior to his stint at Wyoming, Arroyo was the co-offensive coordinator for two seasons and quarterbacks coach for three campaigns at his alma mater, San Jose State. He was the quarterbacks coach and play-caller for the Spartans in 2006, and added co-offensive coordinator duties for 2007 and 2008 under head coach Dick Tomey. Arroyo tutored the Spartans’ all-time leader in passing and total offense, Adam Tafralis, from 2006-07, guiding him to 7,548 career passing yards and 8,111 yards of total offense. Arroyo was an offensive graduate assistant at San Jose State in 2005 before being elevated to a full-time assistant.

Arroyo began his coaching career with the Spartans in 2003 as an undergraduate assistant coach. He was the offensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M (FCS) in 2004 before returning to San Jose State as a graduate assistant.

A native of Colfax, Calif., Arroyo was a three-year letterman at San Jose State, where he played quarterback from 1998-2002. In 2000, he passed for 2,334 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading the Spartans to seven wins, their most in eight seasons.


Oregon football strength and conditioning coach suspended following hospitalizations of three players

Oregon football strength and conditioning coach suspended following hospitalizations of three players

The following is a press release sent out by the University of Oregon today...

EUGENE – University of Oregon head football coach Willie Taggart today issued an apology on behalf of the coaching staff and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics following incidents reported over the weekend related to off-season conditioning training that began last week.

“I have visited with the three young men involved in the incidents in the past few days and I have been in constant contact with their families, offering my sincere apologies,” Taggart said. “As the head football coach, I hold myself responsible for all of our football-related activities and the safety of our students must come first. I have addressed the issue with our strength and conditioning staff, and I fully support the actions taken today by the university. I want to thank our medical staff and doctors for caring for all of our young men, and I want to apologize to the university, our students, alumni and fans.”  

“The university holds the health, safety and well-being of all of our students in high regard,” said Rob Mullens, UO director of athletics. “We are confident that these athletes will soon return to full health, and we will continue to support them and their families in their recoveries.”

After a review of events surrounding the training last week, the following has been determined:

Last Tuesday, football student-athletes began their off-season conditioning program after being away from football-related activities for six weeks. The workouts were supervised by the training staff and led by football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde.

On Thursday, after three days of workouts, one student-athlete complained of muscle soreness and displayed other symptoms of potential exercise-related injury. The medical staff examined the student-athlete, and took appropriate action pursuant to team’s medical protocols.

The medical staff informed coaches and staff of the diagnosis. Two additional student-athletes were then identified with similar symptoms and staff responded to them, as well.

No other student-athletes have demonstrated negative effects at this time or have been admitted to the hospital.

As a result, Oderinde has been suspended without pay for one month, with Jim Radcliffe assuming the position on an interim basis. In addition, the head football strength and conditioning coach will no longer report to the head football coach but rather to Andrew Murray, the director of performance and sports science. All workouts moving forward have been modified.


Taggart announces David Reaves as co-offensive coordinator and passing-game coordinator


Taggart announces David Reaves as co-offensive coordinator and passing-game coordinator

EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart has named David Reaves the Ducks' co-offensive coordinator and passing-game coordinator. He will also coach tight ends at Oregon.
Reaves spent the previous four seasons at USF under Taggart, starting in 2013 as wide receivers coach and working his way up to associate head coach and tight ends coach in 2016, when the Bulls posted a program-best 11-2 record with seven conference victories. Reaves was promoted to the role of offensive coordinator and primary play caller for the Bulls' appearance in the Birmingham Bowl, leading the Bulls to a 46-39 overtime win over South Carolina with 469 yards of total offense.
Reaves took over as quarterbacks coach in 2014, and was elevated again in 2015 to co-offensive coordinator and passing game coordinator. In that role, Reaves helped sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers set a USF record with 22 passing touchdowns to go along with a team-best 3,287 yards of total offense and 34 total touchdowns.
Prior to USF, Reaves spent a year as an instructor at the premier training facility at IMG Academy, working with top athletes at the professional, collegiate and prep levels. With 10 years of experience as a collegiate assistant coach, Reaves went to IMG after two years at New Mexico, working first in 2010 as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator before adding offensive coordinator to his title in 2011.
Reaves got his break in college coaching in 2002 after spending a year as assistant head coach at Tampa Catholic High School, joining South Carolina as a graduate assistant in the first of seven seasons under head coaching legends Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier. After two years as a graduate assistant, Reaves was elevated to defensive backs coach in 2004 and then assistant quarterbacks coach in 2005. Reaves added recruiting coordinator to his title in 2006, and then was promoted to quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 2007 and 2008. Reaves helped lead the Gamecocks to more than 3,000 yards passing and 258.2 passing yards per game in 2007.
Reaves then spent the 2009 season as quarterbacks coach at Tennessee before going to New Mexico in 2010. While in Knoxville, Reaves led a passing game that accounted for 2,942 yards and 28 touchdowns while mentoring Jonathan Crompton, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Reaves was a standout quarterback at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., graduating in 1997. He went on to become team captain and a three-year starter at quarterback for Appalachian State, where he helped lead the Mountaineers to three straight national playoff berths.

Official: Taggart adds Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator and run-game coordinator


Official: Taggart adds Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator and run-game coordinator

Oregon football has officially released the hiring of Alabama's Mario Cristobal. CSNNW reported last week that Cristobal was heading to Oregon.

Here is the official release. 

EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart announced the addition Mario Cristobal as the Ducks' co-offensive coordinator and run-game coordinator on Tuesday. He will also coach the offensive line at Oregon.

Cristobal spent the last four seasons at Alabama as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach, helping the Crimson Tide to the National Championship after the 2015 season, as well as a runner-up finish following this past season. Cristobal's offensive line ranked in the top 25 nationally in sacks allowed in each of his first two seasons, and in 2016 helped pave the way for the nation's 11th-best rushing attack (246.7 ypg) and produced SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts.

Alabama's offensive lines produced a plethora of standout players and NFL draft picks under Cristobal, including first-team All-American and 2015 first-round draft pick Ryan Kelly and 2014 freshman All-American Cam Robinson, who went on to win the Outland Trophy in Crisobal's final year with Alabama.

Cristobal came to Oregon with a reputation as a top recruiter. He was named the National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports in the 2015 cycle, and was ranked as the nation's No. 2 recruiter in the country by 247Sports at the time of his hiring based on the final haul he brought to Alabama.
Prior to joining Nick Saban's staff at Alabama, Cristobal spent six seasons (2007-12) as the head coach at Florida International, solidifying his standing as one of the country's top young college football coaches and recruiters. Cristobal led the Panthers to the most successful year in program history in 2011, capturing a program-record eight wins, including a road win at eventual co-Big East Champion Louisville. Cristobal was named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading FIU to its first Sun Belt Conference championship and a bowl victory over MAC champion Toledo, and he finished his FIU career having produced NFL talents such as T.Y. Hilton and Jonathan Cyprien.

Cristobal coached at Miami (Fla.), his alma mater, under Larry Coker for three years before accepting the head job at FIU, working as tight ends coach for the 2004 and 2005 seasons and coaching multiple tight ends that turned into NFL draft picks, including first-round pick and All-Pro Greg Olsen. In 2006, Cristobal took over a Miami offensive line that featured four new starters and saw a 39 percent decrease in sacks allowed from the previous season (36 to 22).

Cristobal spent three years (2001-03) at Rutgers under head coach Greg Schiano, working with the offensive tackles and tight ends for the first two seasons before shifting his focus solely to the offensive line in 2003. Cristobal was a critical factor in Rutgers' resurgence to competitiveness and helped lay the foundation in recruiting and coaching for a program that went from obscurity to college football's upper echelon in a matter of five years. Cristobal helped Rutgers to a 5-7 mark in 2003, the school's best record since 1998. One of Cristobal's most accomplished pupils was tight end L.J. Smith, the Philadelphia Eagles' second-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Cristobal began his coaching career in 1998 as a graduate assistant at Miami, working with the Hurricanes for three seasons under Butch Davis. He joined the Hurricanes' staff six years after finishing a four-year playing career at Miami as a standout offensive lineman under Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson. Cristobal was a first-team All-Big East selection in 1992 and helped the Hurricanes to a pair of national championships (1989, 1991).

A native of Miami and a prep standout at Christopher Columbus High School, Cristobal graduated from Miami in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and later earned a master's degree from Miami in 2001. Following his college career, Cristobal signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos in 1994 and then played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe in 1995 and 1996.

Charles Clark joins Taggart's staff as a defensive backs coach

Charles Clark joins Taggart's staff as a defensive backs coach

EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart added another member to his coaching staff when he announced the hiring of Charles Clark as a defensive backs coach on Thursday.

Clark comes to Oregon from Colorado along with defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt after spending the previous four seasons with the Buffaloes. Clark coached Colorado’s safeties during his first two seasons in Boulder before moving to cornerbacks for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Clark’s secondary was instrumental in helping the Buffs to the 2016 Pac-12 Conference South Division title, finishing second in the league and 21st in the country in passing defense (193.6 ypg) and tied for third in the nation in passing yards allowed per attempt (5.7).

Prior to Colorado, Clark coached defensive backs at San Jose State from 2010 to 2012. Clark’s unit led the WAC in interceptions (15) and forced turnovers (31) in 2012, and he helped to mold Duke Ihenacho into an All-Western Athletic Conference selection and future NFL player.

Clark began his coaching career at Duke in 2008, starting as a defensive quality control intern while also assisting the special teams coordinator and defensive assistant coaches. In 2009, he was promoted to a graduate assistant position assigned to the defense.

A four-year letterman at Ole Miss, Clark played in 47 career games and started each of the last 34. He led the Rebels in tackles as a sophomore (76), totaling more than future Butkus Award winner and NFL All-Pro, Patrick Willis. He finished his career with 198 tackles, three interceptions, 12 passes broken up and five fumble recoveries.

Clark graduated from Mississippi in 2007 with a degree in business (banking and finance), and he worked briefly in private business before getting into coaching. A native of Eustis, Fla., Clark attended Clay High School where he played football, basketball and track and field.

Oregon officially announces Jimmie Dougherty as WR coach

Oregon officially announces Jimmie Dougherty as WR coach

Oregon today officially announced its second assistant under new coach Willie Taggart, naming Jimmie Dougherty as wide receivers coach.

Dougherty comes to Oregon after spending a year under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, serving as an offensive analyst for the nation's 12th-best scoring team (41.0 ppg).

Prior to joining Harbaugh in Ann Arbor, Mich., Dougherty worked for three seasons (2013-15) as assistant head coach, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at San Jose State. While with the Spartans, Dougherty helped run an offense that set 10 single-season team records and saw players establish more than 35 individual school marks.

Dougherty has experience coaching in the Pac-12 before going to San Jose State, coaching wide receivers at Washington from 2009-12. He first teamed up with Harbaugh in 2004 at San Diego, where he spent his first four seasons with the Torreros in
multiple capacities. Dougherty coached wide receivers in his first year before taking over as tight ends coach in 2005, and moved into the role of passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2006-07 where he groomed Josh Johnson, the school's all-time leading passer. In 2008, Dougherty was elevated to offensive coordinator and led an offense that averaged 35.3 points per game.

A quarterback at Missouri for four seasons during his playing days (1997-2001), Dougherty began his coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Illinois Wesleyan during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Oregon last week announced that Jim Leavitt will become the Ducks' new defensive coordinator.