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Taggart hires Michigan assistant to coach receivers

EUGENE — Willie Taggart will reportedly steal an assistant from his mentor, Jim Harbaugh, to join his staff at Oregon.

Taggart has chosen Jimmie Dougherty, an offensive analyst at Michigan, to be the Ducks’ wide receivers coach. Footballscoop.com was the first to report the hire.

Dougherty was the associate head coach and receivers coach at San Jose State (2013-16) and the receivers coach at Washington (2009-12) before rejoining Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. The two previously worked together at San Diego.

Taggart was Harbaugh’s running backs coach for two seasons at Stanford and played and coached for his father, Jack Harbaugh, at Western Kentucky.

Jim Leavitt, Colorado’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, was hired for the same position at Oregon by Taggart last week.

Leavitt and Dougherty played at Missouri 25 years apart.

“I can find a lot of coaches out there, but we need guys that are going to be mentors for our players,” Taggart said during a recent interview with The Register-Guard. “I want an ego-less staff. I want guys that are good coaches and take care of our players and hold our guys accountable for what they’re supposed to do.”

Prevot will transfer

Former Oregon linebacker Torrodney Prevot will play his final college season as a graduate transfer at another school.

Prevot, who had 92 tackles in three seasons before being suspended last year, graduated from Oregon in fall term so he can play immediately at another school without having to sit out a season.

“I stand here as a proud, educated African-American man with a degree from the University of Oregon!,” Prevot posted on Twitter Monday night. “My next step is to conclude my time at Oregon and begin a new journey as I look forward to graduate transferring to another college to begin my advancement both academically and athletically.”

Prevot was expected to move to defensive end last season under new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke, but instead was suspended indefinitely in late August by coach Mark Helfrich. He has not been charged with a crime, but remains under investigation for assault by the University of Oregon Police Department.