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Report: Two FSU coaches named in lawsuit

Florida State head coach Willie Taggart and strength coach Irele Oderinde have been named in a lawsuit that is being pursued by one of their former players at Oregon according to The Oregonian.

The suit was filed earlier on Wednesday, Jan. 9 by former Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner. Oregon and the NCAA are also named in the negligence lawsuit among Taggart and Oderinde.

The allegations of negligence stem from an event that involved Brenner and two of his teammates in January 2017. After several intense workouts following winter break, the three players began to exhibit symptoms of rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle tissue that releases a damaging protein into the blood, potentially leading to serious kidney problems. The trio were hospitalized for precaution and all were released within a few days.

Oregon responded by suspending Oderinde for a month without pay. At the time, Taggart seemed to be a little shaken up with how the workouts had gone awry.

“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,” Taggart said according to The Oregonian when the incident occurred. “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.”

Brenner is reportedly seeking $11.5 million in damages for the suit. His two teammates that were involved in the incident are still on the team and aren’t named in the 18-page lawsuit.

NoleGameday will continue to update this story as more information is made available.


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