A looming meeting with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions isn’t the only problem Oregon. Now, two linemen didn’t make the grade for the Ducks’ upcoming Fiesta Bowl appearance against Kansas State, so to speak.
In a statement released by the athletic department Friday night, Chip Kelly announced that senior offensive lineman Nick Cody would not be heading to Glendale, Ariz., for the game after failing to meet the minimum academic standards for the semester. Additionally, walk-on junior defensive lineman Axel McQuaw did not qualify.
But Cody is the more significant loss. He started six games in 2012. Ironically enough, Cody received an honorable mention in the Pac-10 all-academic team of 2009 according to his bio on Oregon’s website. So, there’s that.