Doug Brenner reaches settlement with Oregon, claims against Willie Taggart dismissed
According to multiple reports, former Oregon offensive lineman Doug Brenner and the University of Oregon have reached a settlement in their civil case over damages related to his hospitalization for rhabdomyolysis in January 2017.
Claims against former Oregon head coach Willie Taggart and former strength coach Irele Oderinde were also dismissed by Brenner as part of the settlement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Breaking: Doug Brenner has settled with University of Oregon and dismissed Willie Taggart and Irele Oderinde as defendants.
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— Megan Banta (@MeganBanta_1) May 5, 2022
Brenner was seeking $20 million in non-economic damages and $5.5 million in economic damages in his claims against the University of Oregon, Taggart, and Oderinde, according to The Oregonian. He is still seeking $100 million in punitive damages from the NCAA, and closing arguments on that front are slated for Thursday afternoon.
“We have always felt Doug Brenner was a member of the University of Oregon scholar-athlete community that we admired and we were always hopeful that we could resolve our differences with him,” said Stephen English of Perkins Coie, which represented UO, Taggart, and Oderinde in the trial, per The Oregonian. “Thankfully, events occurred which allowed us to resolve these differences in a manner that we felt was beneficial both to the University of Oregon and to Doug Brenner.”
The workouts in question resulted in Brenner, former Oregon offensive lineman Sam Poutasi, and tight end Cam McCormick being hospitalized for rhabdomyolysis. The University contended that the workouts were excessive but not designed to be punitive.
According to The Oregonian, Poutasi reached a settlement with UO for $300,000 in his lawsuit, filed around the same time as Brenner’s initial claim in 2019.
Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which skeletal muscle tissue is rapidly broken down and released into the bloodstream, causing permanent damage to the kidneys. It could, depending on the severity, lead to kidney failure. The lawsuit alleges that Brenner’s life expectancy has been reduced by about 10 years as a result of the hospitalization.
The lawsuit claimed negligence against all defendants and alleged that Oderinde—certified at the time by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association—did not carry industry-required certification to be a strength and conditioning coach while at Oregon.
Taggart was hired by Oregon in December 2016 to replace Mark Helfrich. He coached the team to a 7-5 record before departing at the end of the year for Florida State. He was fired by the Seminoles midway through his second season after coaching the team to a 9-12 record and their first losing season since 1976. Now the head coach at FAU, Taggart tweeted Thursday that “truth and time walk hand in hand.”
Truth and time walk hand in hand. Have a Great day if you want to!🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Willie Taggart (@CoachTaggart) May 5, 2022