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Oregon mum on report of COI hearing

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When Yahoo! Sports reported last December that Oregon’s bid for a summary disposition with the NCAA failed, it was believed that the Ducks would face a hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions at some point in the spring. The exact date, though, wasn’t clear.

According to Sports Illustrated‘s Thayer Evans, the hearing took place in Dallas last Friday. Among those in attendance was former head coach Chip Kelly, now with the Philadelphia Eagleswho maintained that Willie Lyles’ scouting service was used “the same way other schools do.” A decision on any possible sanctions is said to come within the next 60 to 90 days, per Evans.

The reported date of the hearing would make sense given the timeframe previously given by Yahoo!, but Oregon has been consistent with an elaborate “no comment” statement issued later Wednesday afternoon:

“Regardless of when or where the hearing occurs, review is ongoing until the NCAA Committee in Infractions issues its final report,” the statement reads via the Eugene Register-Guard. “The integrity of the process and our continued full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing the specifics of this matter.”

Last week, documents released through freedom of information requests revealed the NCAA and Oregon agreed that “major violations” occurred under Kelly regarding the program’s use of Lyles’ scouting service. However, the documents stated there was “no finding of lack of institutional control and no finding of unethical conduct.” Though UO’s summary disposition fell through and therefore its contents are not necessarily binding, it’s believed any sanctions against the Ducks could be less severe than originally imagined as a result of that statement.

Assuming the COI is already in the process of formulating its decision, of course.

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8 Responses to “Oregon mum on report of COI hearing”
  1. uscatjerseyshore says: Apr 24, 2013 7:31 PM

    Anticipate a light penalty. Nike puts too much money into the NCAA team coffers to have their “favorite” team be sanctioned. Pretty sure Oregon’s team owner, Phil Knight, is already working the phone with the COI members.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Apr 24, 2013 8:16 PM

    Penalize Chip Kelly, not the Ducks.

  3. swu32733 says: Apr 24, 2013 9:27 PM

    Oregon is a cheater. But Nike will likely bail them out.

  4. atxcane says: Apr 24, 2013 9:49 PM

    “former head coach Chip Kelly, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, who maintained that Willie Lyles’ scouting service was used “the same way other schools do.””

    Chip Chip Chip. C’mon now. The ‘other schools’ were the likes of LSU, where Emmert was once chancellor. Obviously when *they* did it it was okay.

  5. melozanagger says: Apr 25, 2013 1:37 AM

    I absolutely love how the Ducks and Nike annoy so many people… even when they’re in trouble! Bring on the hate!

  6. packerbadger says: Apr 25, 2013 8:30 AM

    Just put Oregon in the SEC; they’ll fit right in. Will be funneeeee when Oregon gets bowl bans and has a lot of their wins overturned.

  7. wisconsinduck says: Apr 25, 2013 3:25 PM

    “Funneeeee” like “Ex-Wisconsin official faces allegations” ( or Funneeeee like “Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator under Joe Paterno at Penn State, was convicted in June 2012 of 45 of 48 counts of molesting 10 boys in a 15-year period. ” (

    I’m a Duck fan, Badger Fan and Packer Fan however if you want to judge Oregon and cheer over this situation, be prepared for people to judge Wisconsin. We are the 2nd school in our conference to be investigated for alledged sexual misconduct of an athletic official. We wouldn’t find it very funneeeee (though non-Badger football fans might) if we received a judgment similar to Penn State

  8. jonkehl says: Apr 25, 2013 4:52 PM

    Oregon’s infractions are way more severe than tatoogate was, but Ohio Sate got hammerer because Trussel “Lied” by not reporting it on yearly report. Didn’t Chip have to fill out the same reports? Did he report that he paid the extra coach for what, 3 years as well as payoffs to Lyles on his reports? Are Chinese sweat shops really controlling the NCAA?

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