March 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly answers questions from reporters during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
A report Monday from Portland station KATU TV told some more of the story of potential NCAA Recruiting violations at the University of Oregon. The station received new documents from the University of Oregon that give the best view to date of the recruiting violations the football program faces from the NCAA. Much of this is already known, but here’s a quick refresher. The short of it, there are potentially seven major findings, including 730 impermissable phone calls(quite the phone bill there).
The school and NCAA worked out a plea deal with the summary disposition process, but the process didn’t work out for the Ducks, according to a report from Yahoo Sports in December.
From Matt Mullin and Philly.com former Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly released a statement Monday:
"I am aware of the recent reports and of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the NCAA and the University of Oregon. While at Oregon, I know we were fully cooperative with all aspects of the investigation and I will continue to contribute in any way that I can. But until the NCAA rules on the matter, I will have no further comment.”"
According to the Register Guard in Eugene,
Among the new details: The Ducks were in agreement that the case involved “major” infractions, and also that scouting service operator Willie Lyles was a representative of the school’s athletic interests — i.e., a booster — and thus should not have been recruiting on behalf of Oregon, but in fact had become an “important part of the football program’s recruiting efforts in the state of Texas.”
The Oregonian reported later Monday that the Ducks had proposed a two-year penalty and the loss of one scholarship per year from 2013-2015. Had the COI accepted a summary disposition outcome, it could have accepted or amended that proposal, but it instead will now hear the case in full at an unknown future date.
Here’s ESPN pundit Ted Miller’s interpretation of the news.
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