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Breaking: More trouble at Oregon-Taggart assistant David Reaves arrested for DUI

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The nightmare January for former USF and new Oregon head coach Willie Taggart escalated overnight when his new hire for tight ends coach, David Reaves was arrested for DUI in Eugene. That, though, may not be the worst news for Taggart.

Oregonlive.com is reporting that Ducks Athletic Director Rob Mullens is not messing around with this arrest and has already put out a statement saying that Reaves, who had been with Taggart at USF, will be fired.

“(David) Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced,” Mullens said in the statement. “The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness.”

Reaves expected dismissal comes after he was reportedly stopped by Eugene police for driving erratically just after 2 a.m. Pacific Time Sunday with a passenger in his car.

He was taken into custody on DUI and other charges, including reckless driving and reckless endangerment and booked in the Lane County Jail at around 5 a.m. and bonded out just before 10 a.m. Pacific time.

Oregonlive.com reported Sunday afternoon that even though the Ducks were hosting prominent recruits this weekend, an Oregon official confirmed it was not a recruit or an Oregon football player in the car, when Reaves was taken into custody.

The 38 year old was previously on Taggart’s staff at USF coaching various positions including receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends. When Taggart left the Bulls in December, Reaves was elevated to play caller under the interim head coach T.J. Weist for the Bulls Birmingham Bowl win over South Carolina.

He had been hired as a “Passing Game Coordinator” by Taggart at Oregon in addition to keeping his tight end coach duties on a two-year deal and was slated to make $300,000 per season.

Reaves is the son of former Florida Gator, NFL and USFL with the Tampa Bay Bandits, quarterback, John Reaves. The younger Reaves played QB at Appalachian State for three seasons and is also, the former brother in law of Lane Kiffin. David Reeves got his big break, as an offensive assistant for the one season Kiffin coached the Tennessee Vols.

He is also no stranger to previous controversy and trouble, including with NCAA investigations at both Tennessee and the Universtiy of New Mexico, where ultimately no serious violations were ever concluded.

Meanwhile, Taggart has already had his brand new strength coach, Irele Oderinde, who he brought from USF to the West with him,  suspended for a month without pay. This was after three Duck players were hospitalized from their involvement in conditioning practices under Oderinde.

This topic created a firestorm on the radio and the internet in the state where Ducks football is “King.” Some had even been calling for Taggart to be reprimanded for the actions of his new strength coach.

In the end, he apologized publicly and with the players being released from the hospital, they had all collectively moved on.

Now, Reaves’ arrest and soon dismissal will obviously re-ignite more outrage.

We at F.F.I. aren’t suggesting that Taggart is somehow in jeopardy of losing his job, but clearly this is a P.R. debacle for the Oregon, already.

And you have to wonder if Mullens, the University brass, Nike founder and ultimate Ducks benefactor, Phil Knight, etc. aren’t having reservations about the coach they got talked into hiring?

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Report- Alabama will hire Charlie Strong as consultant

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Former USF coach Charlie Strong has decided on a new role for the upcoming 2020 season, and it won’t be in Gainesville.

ESPN college football insider Chris Low reported Tuesday morning that Strong has agreed to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as a defensive “consultant” for this season

As we wrote last week, Strong had visited Saban and the Tide about the possible position on his staff, while considering a similar opportunity to join either Dan Mullen’s Gators staff or a couple of others in a consulting role. None of this will affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart.

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Former USF coach Strong to be consultant for Alabama?

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And intriguing item popped up Friday morning involving former USF head coach Charlie Strong and him visiting Nick Saban the Alabama football program.

According to Alabama Insider and radio host, Aaron Suttles, Strong, who was dismissed last December after his third season with the Bulls, was in Tuscaloosa Thursday meeting with Saban and his staff:

Strong had also been reportedly talking with the University of Florida about a possible consultant role, which likely would not affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart

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