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UO paid assistant Reaves $63,750

EUGENE — Oregon paid former football assistant coach David Reaves a total of $63,750 in compensation for his brief employment as Willie Taggart’s co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.

Reaves, who resigned Feb. 3 after being arrested on DUII and other charges, received $3,750 for 26 hours of work, plus a payment of $60,000, according to UO documents obtained by The Register-Guard through a public records request.

On Jan. 17, Oregon officially announced the hiring of Reaves, who had a two-year deal with an annual salary of $300,000. Five days later, Reaves was arrested by Eugene police and charged with DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

Reaves is scheduled for a plea hearing in Eugene Municipal Court on Monday.

Oregon had placed Reaves on administrative leave and was in the process of terminating his contract at the time of his resignation. UO has refused to disclose the details of any separation agreement with Reaves, saying he was considered a faculty member and that his disciplinary records were not subject to public release. The Register-Guard has appealed the denial to the Lane County District Attorney’s office.

The newspaper was able to obtain a financial transaction between the UO and Reaves in a separate public records request. The UO, however, refused to disclose the nature of the $60,000 payment, which was described in documents as a “lump-sum payment according to agreement” and approved by athletic director Rob Mullens on Feb. 3.

Before being hired by Oregon, Reaves, 38, was the associate head coach and tight ends coach at South Florida under Taggart.

Former Oregon wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty, who was the passenger in Reaves’ car when he was arrested, left the program on Feb. 9 to join UCLA’s staff.

Taggart has since filled the two vacancies by hiring Marcus Arroyo as co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and tight ends coach, and Michael Johnson as wide receivers coach.

After an eventful winter, which also saw strength coach Irele Oderinde serve a one-month suspension following the hospitalization of three players with exercise-related injuries and the signing of a top-20 recruiting class, Taggart and his staff will take the field with the Ducks for spring practice April 5.