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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

As tuition goes up, #goducks pay to make a coach go away

How much did David Reaves, former co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach that Willie Taggart hired at the University of Oregon make? Well, according to documents received by the the Eugene newspaper the Register Guard, "$3,750 for 26 hours of work, plus a payment of $60,000". That is $144.23 per hour worked, plus the school has provided no documentation for the lump sum payment.

The $60,000 lump sum payment could represent 416 hours of pay, based on the hourly rate calculated above. 

So, let's see if I have this right. Tuition is going up $945/year in Eugene, but athletics can afford to pay $144.23 an hour plus $60,000, because you have been accused of a crime (DUII) but not convicted, and will likely be facing a diversion program that will mean a dismissal of the charges.

I think it was a poor decision by Coach Taggart to get rid of Coach Reeves. He has been convicted of no crime, he quit a job across the country to take this job, and even the arrest sounded strange. Another coach was in the car with Coach Reeves who too is no longer with the program (Jimmie Dougherty).

How do you justify raising tuition while doing handouts like this? I am asking you U of O president Michael Schill, Rob Mullens, and Tobin Klinger. I don't expect an answer from any of these people, but I hope that the students rise up and protest this decision. 

The $60K is a drop in the bucket compared to the $4,000,000 of tuition dollars that goes to athletics each year:

https://twitter.com/uomatters/status/838996297075941377

Coach Willie Taggart has had a number of controversies. It seems like every week something new pops up. I honestly wonder if Willie will actually coach a game.

Sources for this post:
Ryan Thorburn
http://registerguard.com/rg/sports/35350971-81/oregon-paid-more-than-60000-to-football-assistant-coach-who-resigned.html.csp

Professor Bill Harbaugh @uomatters
http://uomatters.com/2017/03/duck-ad-rob-mullens-paid-taggarts-assistant-60k-to-leave-after-dui.html

Andrew Greif
http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2017/02/jimmie_dougherty_ducks_receive.html

PS Did you know that the Oregon Coast Aquarium offers free admission on your birthday?

http://aquarium.org/visit/tips/

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