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With players still hospitalized, Oregon suspends strength coach Irele Oderinde

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University of Oregon football strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended for one month without pay Tuesday after three players were hospitalized following three days of rigorous workouts. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
University of Oregon football strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended for one month without pay Tuesday after three players were hospitalized following three days of rigorous workouts. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

University of Oregon football strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended for one month without pay Tuesday after three players were hospitalized following three days of rigorous workouts.

Tight end Cam McCormick and offensive lineman Sam Poutasi were still hospitalized as of Tuesday. They were listed in good condition after being admitted to the hospital last week.

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Offensive lineman Doug Brenner was released Tuesday.

Oregon also announced that the strength and conditioning will now answer to the Andrew Murray, the school's director of performance and sports science, instead of new head coach Willie Taggart.

"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 in a statement. "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."

The Oregonian reported that Poutasi was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, an acute clinical syndrome of muscle breakdown that could lead to death in extreme cases. It could also result in kidney failure.

The Ducks' winter strength and conditioning program reportedly included up to an hour of continuous up-downs and push-ups.

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