A former Oregon football player is suing the university, former head coach Willie Taggart, former strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde and the NCAA for $11.5 million, according to a report.
The Oregonian is reporting that Doug Brenner, who was one of three players hospitalized in January 2017 following a workout after Taggart had been hired, has filed a lawsuit in connection with the incident. Brenner was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which muscle cells break down and its byproducts are released into the bloodstream.
Sam Poutasi and Cam McCormick were also hospitalized in 2017 following the workout.
Per the lawsuit, Brenner’s life has been shorted by upwards of 10 years due to “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury… increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain.”
Oderinde was suspended after the players were hospitalized by the University of Oregon, but was reinstated a month later. Taggart is now the head coach at Florida State and Oderinde is listed as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Seminoles’ football program.
The University of Oregon released a statement after learning of the lawsuit.
“The well-being and safety of our students are our top priorities at the University of Oregon,” a statement from the university began. “We have been advised of the litigation filed today but have not been served a copy of the complaint, at which point we will respond appropriately in the court proceedings. In light of the pending litigation, we don’t have any additional comment at this time.”
Florida State, Taggart and Oderinde have not issued a response.