Where Did The Week Go… Bad Week for Oregon Coaches


Oregon Coaches Suspended, Arrested and Fired This Week

The new football coach of the Oregon Ducks, Willie Taggart, has gotten off to a good start in terms of recruiting and convincing players like Royce Freeman and Darren Carrington to return. But he doesn’t appear to be a great judge of character for hiring employees following yet another one of his assistant coaches getting in trouble.

Oregon assistant David Reaves was arrested just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning on charges of DUI, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. This comes only days after he was officially hired as the team’s co-offensive coordinator. Reaves followed Taggart to Oregon from South Florida.

Following the arrest, the university released a statement indicating that they intend to fire Reaves.

“Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced,” UO athletic director Rob 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.”

It hasn’t been a good week to be an Oregon fan. | (Oregon Athletics)

This news follows the program suspending its strength coach Irele Oderinde earlier this week for a month without pay after three players were hospitalized following conditioning workouts.

“I want to put together a dynamic, diverse staff that’s going to help us to get to where we want to go and guys that are going to come in here and be great mentors for our players. That’s the most important thing to me.”

That’s what Taggart told The Oregonian/OregonLive in regards to the type of coaching staff he wanted to put together. Unfortunately, that statement and Taggart is looking more and more embarrassing.

For years Oregon has been known as a program that promotes from within in regards to its coaching staff. This is why you haven’t seen a lot of turnover. But with the hire of Taggart, the thought was that major changes were coming.

After what’s transpired this week, perhaps he should stop hiring new coaches altogether.


Oregon Man Finds Year-Old $1 Million Lottery Ticket While Cleaning His House

I generally consider myself a clean person. If you walk into my apartment, you will get a sense of organization and maturity and I take great pride in that. That being said, everything looks good on the surface. In reality, the microwave could use a good clean, the kitchen counters probably need a once-over with some disinfectant wipes and the shower…. You know what, don’t worry about the shower. I’ll get to it!

Another thing on my to-do list is cleaning out my bedside nightstand drawer. The thing is stuffed with 5-year-old receipts, unused gift cards, old Playboys and a Blockbuster membership card I strangely don’t want to part with. Call me nostalgic. But maybe I should get to it because there might be a winning lottery ticket buried in there.

Joemel Panisa of Logsden, Oregon was hunkered down in his home following a snowstorm on Monday. Unable to go anywhere, he decided to clean his house. Eventually, he stumbled across a year-old winning lottery ticket worth $1 million.

I should clean my home more often. | (popsugar.com)

He had purchased the Mega Millions ticket at a mini market in Newport on Jan. 15, 2016. But once he returned home, he placed it inside an envelope in his home office and forgot about for nearly a year.

But with only eight days left before it was to expire, Panisa miraculously discovered it and claimed his winnings on the same day. Snowstorm be damned.

Update: I just rummaged through my drawer and found $2. You see, you never know what you’ll find. So if you take anything from this story, learn that if you get to cleaning out that closet or drawer or desk, you too can find a $1 million winning lottery ticket…. or $2. But you’ll never know until you do.

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.

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