Taggart facing lawsuit brought by former Oregon player

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
January 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A former Oregon player is suing the University of Oregon, the NCAA and current Florida State head coach Willie Taggart for $11.5 million over a workout that put three players in the hospital in 2017, according to 247Sports.

According to 247Sports' Oregon site, Duck Territory, former lineman Doug Brenner filed the suit in Multnomah County court, citing a report from The Oregonian.

Brenner was one of three players that was hospitalized, along with Samuel Poutasi and Cameron McCormick.

Taggart issued the following statement to 247Sports at the time of the incident:

“I have visited with the three young men involved in the incidents in the past few days and I have been in constant contact with their families, offering my sincere apologies. As the head football coach, I hold myself responsible for all of our football-related activities and the safety of our students must come first. I have addressed the issue with our strength and conditioning staff, and I fully support the actions taken today by the university. I want to thank our medical staff and doctors for caring for all of our young men, and I want to apologize to the university, our students, alumni and fans.”

Former Ducks strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderine, who is on staff with Taggart at FSU, was suspended for a month following the incident.

WCTV has reached out to the Florida State football program for comment but has not heard back.

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