Willie Taggart concludes with some support, discussion on strength and conditioning certification for the first week in the trial of Doug Brenner against the NCAA and the University of Oregon

Willie Taggart concludes with some support, discussion on strength and conditioning certification fo ...

EUGENE A significant drop in events capped the first week of the civil trial between former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner and the NCAA, the University of Oregon, former football coach Willie Taggart, and former strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde.

A prejudiciable and non-simplified question by an attorney representing the NCAA regarding a $15,000 settlement in the case of a former University of Iowa football player who suffered rhabdomyolysis during offseason workouts in January 2011 was deemed irrevocable and disqualified from the record. But less than two hours later, the reference was reintroduced as evidence on the record because the incident and subsequent settlement amount were referenced in documents presented by Brenner's attorneys.

The proceedings on Thursday included continued testimony by Dr. Douglas Casa, the CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, as well as appearances from Brenner's sister, Liz, a former four-sport athlete at UO, and Ben Gleason, a sports science consultant who is also a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Jody Sykes, a senior associate athletic director and chief compliance officer in Oregon, was expected to be called, but will not be available until next week.

The questioning of Casa took several hours and focused on several instances since 2012, in which he has consulted with other sports training experts, including NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, to discuss strength and conditioning workouts during the college football calendar and recommendations he and others have made in the past decade regarding improving the minimum requirement for college strength and conditioning coaches to be certified by the National National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (NCAC).

Casa said in reference recommendations that he and a group of other experts included "essentially the same material" that was developed in 2012 and again in 2014, although much of that material has since been included in the NCAA's sports medicine handbook, no legislation has been enacted.

When David Fuad, one of the NCAA's lawyers from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, refered to the $15,000 settlement between the University of Iowa and William Lowe, who was one of 13 Hawkeye football players hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis five years earlier, he had the question removed from the record and instructed the jury to disregard the reference.

Casa said an athlete should follow the recommendations of an athletic trainer who advises them to modify their workouts after the first day of the Jan. 2017 workouts that resulted in him and two other Oregon players being hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis.

Gleason detailed the higher degree of knowledge and time required to be certified by the National Standards for Physical Therapy (NSCA) and the CSCCa, compared to other organizations that technically fulfill the NCAA's current requirement that strength and conditioning coaches be certified by a "national accredited strength and conditioning certification program." At the time of the workouts related to the case, Oderinde was certified by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), which Gleason stated

On the first day of training and punitiveness, Gleason said the von Oderinde-supervised workouts in January 2017 "was "well below that standard of care for any athlete" and "inappropriate."

Misha Isaak, the co-counsel for Taggart, Oderinde, and UO, spoke of the witness's qualifications and presented him with a PowerPoint presentation at the 2018 NSCA Coaches Conference, which included a slide that referenced the Iowa incident and the settlement, which became on the record.

The attorneys for Taggart, Oderinde, and the United Nations have filed a motion Thursday morning to prohibit testimony regarding Brenner's NFL prospects from being "lay witnesses," according to former Oregon football players Henry Mondeaux, Marcus Mariota, and Tyrell Crosby, all of whom are on the witness list.

While each player has experience playing football at a high level, none have experience evaluating football prospects at any level, the motion observes. Needless to say, playing NFL football and evaluating NFL prospects are not the same thing.

Before Rigmaiden decides whether the former Ducks stars will be permitted to testify on this subject, Brenner's lawyers will respond.

The trial will resume Tuesday morning.

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