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A BRIEF UPDATE ON OREGON’S 2017 SO FAR

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EXCEPT FOR EVERYTHING, MOSTLY, IT’S FINE

Oregon v Michigan State Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

To recap:

  1. A January 13 story by Andrew Greif details how the Ducks football program fell apart over the course of the 2016 calendar year, including players cutting or skipping workouts and warmups, a breakdown of team leadership, Helfrich losing the team by being too analytical as a leader, declining yields on recruiting efforts, and an overall onset of obvious program malaise from the top down. Other than that, everything was fine, you know, after they fired Mark Helfrich.
  2. Oregon hires Willie Taggart from USF. Taggart hires Irele Oderinde, USF’s strength coach, to head up Oregon’s strength and conditioning program. He is on the job for six days before being suspended for a month after an offseason workout sent three Oregon players to the hospital with rhabdomyolysis. A local paper questions his credentials. This is kind of a thing you can do because credentialing for strength and conditioning, because even now you’ll find people in the profession with degrees in other things, widely variant ways of getting into the gig, and a lot of certifications pasted over the most important thing in the job: experience. This sounds kind of like writing online! It is literally the only way in which a blogger and a strength coach are alike.
  3. For instance, Jeff Madden, longtime S&C guy at Texas under Mack Brown, has a sociology degree from Vanderbilt. He also has a ton of experience, and a thousand certifications, and is 350 pounds and capable of throwing a refrigerator over a garden fence on command. The first part shows you how hit might be easy to be misread how certified someone might or might not be, especially when Oderinde seemed to run South Florida’s strength and conditioning program just fine under Taggart.
  4. The last part is to remind you that Jeff Madden’s nickname is Mad Dog, and he looks like this all the time.
  5. Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator David Reaves was arrested for DUI this past Sunday night and fired, per the athletic department. Reaves is the son of John Reaves, a University of Florida quarterback famous for the 1971 “Florida Flop”, where the Gator defense took a flop allowing Miami to score an easy TD, and then hand the ball back to Reaves so he could set a passing record. (Just in case you wondered if there was a Florida Man connection here. There always is.)
  6. OTHER THAN THAT EVERYTHING’S GOING GREAT AT OREGON SO FAR IN 2017.