David Reaves

Oregon assistant coach Jimmie Dougherty was in car with David Reaves during DUI arrest

Oregon assistant coach Jimmie Dougherty was in car with David Reaves during DUI arrest

Oregon confirmed today that wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty was the adult passenger Eugene Police stated in its report was riding in the car with co-offensive coordinator David Reaves when he was stopped and arrested for DUI and other charges early Sunday morning.

Dougherty has not been charged with a crime, according to an Oregon press release. 

UO is in the process of firing Reaves, 38, with cause after the incident that occurred at 2:12 a.m. at 10th Street and Willamette Street and involved the response of six police cars. Reaves was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment. 

Both Dougherty and Reaves were recently hired by new Oregon coach Willie Taggart.

Taggart's ability to handle adversity being put to the test

Taggart's ability to handle adversity being put to the test

One has to wonder who called whom first?

Did soon-to-be former co-offensive coordinator David Reaves call Oregon coach Willie Taggart to inform his boss that he had been arrested for DUII and reckless driving at 2:12 a.m. early Sunday morning? Or, did Taggart call Reaves after hearing the news from a third party?

That third party could have been UO director of athletics Rob Mullens. Did Mullens learn of the incident then call Taggart? Or, did Taggart find himself in the position of having to call Mullens to inform him that the Ducks were about to be embroiled in their second controversy involving a coach in less than a week?

However the chain of communication went down the discussions probably involved a lot of profane language.

What happened with Reaves is certainly unfortunate, especially on the heels of last week's controversy surrounding three players being hospitalized following grueling workouts that led to strength coach Irele Oderinde being suspended for a month.

After six weeks of hot recruiting, putting together a great staff and reenergizing the fan base after a 4-8 season, Taggart finds himself having to deal with back-to-back controversies. But while Reaves' situation is certainly unfortunate, let's not blow this thing out of proportion and start tossing blame around for sport.

This is 100 percent on Reaves. He is a 38-year-old married man with children who just signed a two-year contract worth $300,000 per year to coach at Oregon then decided that he would get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. And he did so on a weekend when he should have been solely focused on swooning teenagers from across the country sent to Eugene by their parents to decide if they want to play for the Ducks.

Horrible judgment. Let's hope Reaves comes out of this okay in the long run and resumes a successful career.

As for Taggart, he knew his assistant coach well. They worked together for four seasons at South Florida. So there's reason to wonder if Taggart had any prior knowledge that Reaves would be a candidate to do something so irresponsible. Or, it's simply possible that Taggart was completely blindsided. Either way, Taggart shouldn't be blamed for Reaves' actions. 

What Taggart should be judged on is how well he responds to this mess. So far he has been silent publicly on the subject. He is likely very busy searching for a replacement. LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig could be a possibility. Back in December Craig was reportedly a candidate to become UO's offensive coordinator.

As long as these two coach-involved events don't torpedo what looks to be a strong recruiting class by causing  recruits to decommit, or not commit at all, the program won't experience any long-term impact from Reaves' arrest and subsequent firing. He would likely become a footnote in history very quickly.

What Oregon doesn't want is for parents and recruits to wonder what's going on with this new coaching staff in Eugene. Drunk driving. Players sent to the hospital following workouts. What's next?

Taggart said last week that he expected opposing programs to use the hospitalization of players as fodder for negative recruiting. Imagine what Pac-12 rivals could do with the Reaves story.

The person at Oregon who should be gripping the most is Mullens. Ultimately, this is his baby.  Mullens' legacy at Oregon will largely be shaped by the success or failure of Taggart. Mullens, hired in July of 2010, had nothing to do with the hiring of men's basketball coach Dana Altman, hired in April of 2010.

Mullens has had zero to do with Oregon's success on the football field. The team was already humming before his arrival. Yet, he had the power to get rid of those who helped make the Ducks a national power and he wielded that power after the program's first losing season in 12 years. 

There were plenty of fans and boosters that didn't want to see the entire staff gutted, and who haven't exactly been enamored with the hiring of Taggart, who successfully rebuilt Western Kentucky and South Florida but has yet to captain a Power Five conference team on game day.

In other words, there are enough skeptics out there to make life very uncomfortable for Mullens if this doesn't work out very well.

Remember, Helfrich's losing season was magnified by player criminal misconduct, reports of players not being held accountable for football-related laziness and some recruiting missteps. All of the above would have been ignored had the Ducks been in contention for the Pac-12 title in 2016. Going 4-8 made those misgivings stand out and gave Mullens more ammunition to justify pulling the trigger on the entire coaching staff.

All of Taggart's early problems will also be ignored if he wins. If not, then the incidents involving Oderinde and Reaves will become much bigger deals down the line. But Mullens can't simply fire Taggart and eat whatever is left on his five-year, $16 million deal as he did when UO swallowed $11.6 million to fire Helfrich. 

If Taggart goes, Mullens likely goes, as well. Heck, he might leave on his own before any real judgement can be made on Taggart.

Either way, Mullens needs this to work. It has a good chance to do so. There have been far greater positives than negatives surrounding the program since Taggart's arrival.

But all of the negative national press at the moment reflects poorly on the program that Mullens essentially took over with the firing of Helfrich.


Oregon Football: Statement regarding assistant coach David Reaves' DUI

Oregon Football: Statement regarding assistant coach David Reaves' DUI

Oregon is in the process of terminating the contract of co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach David Reaves following his arrest early Sunday morning for driving under the influence, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

The following is a statement from UO director of athletics Rob Mullens:

“University of Oregon assistant football coach David Reaves was arrested last night and charged with Driving Under the Influence by members of the Eugene Police Department.  Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced.  The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness.”

According to multiple reports based on the Eugene Police Department reports, Reaves, 38, was stopped at 2:12 a.m. for multiple traffic violations while driving with another adult passenger at 10th and Willamette streets.

The Register-Guard reported that six patrol units responded to the scene and Reaves' bail was set at $1,460. He is scheduled to appear in Eugene Municipal Court on Wednesday.

UO coach Willie Taggart officially hired Reaves away from South Florida on Tuesday, although he has been in Eugene for weeks. Reaves coached tight ends and assisted with calling plays for the 11-2 Bulls in 2016.

Taggart has put together an impressive coaching staff since taking over as head coach on Dec. 7. However, two of his assistants have already faced disciplinary action.

Oregon suspended strength coach Irele Oderinde for a month without pay after three UO players were hospitalized following workouts on Jan. 13. Oderinde also worked with Taggart at South Florida and Western Kentucky.

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.