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NCAA to announce Oregon findings Wednesday

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Well over two years after it started, Oregon’s NCAA case is coming to an end.  Maybe.

The NCAA announced today that the Committee on Infractions will release its findings on the investigation into the Ducks football program at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday.  The findings, which come after a 28-month probe into alleged recruiting improprieties, will include the penalties proposed by the committee.

UO can either accept the penalties or, depending on the severity of the sanctions, appeal and further extend the process out another couple of months.  The school has proposed self-imposed sanctions that consist of a two-year probation period and a reduction of one scholarship for each of the next three seasons as a result of the alleged violations; the COI can accept those sanctions or add to them.

In April, it was reported that the university and the NCAA had agreed that major violations had been committed during Chip Kelly‘s time in Eugene, although the former believed one of the violations considered major by the latter to be secondary in nature.  UO reportedly received its Notice of Allegations last December, and appeared in front of the COI this spring after attempts on the school’s part at a summary disposition failed.

The COI’s findings would be one of the last steps in what’s been a lengthy journey for the football program.

In March of 2011, both Yahoo! and ESPN.com published reports that called into question the financial relationship between Oregon and a pair of so-called recruiting services.  One of those services was/is Complete Scouting Services, solely owned and operated by purported “street agent” Willie Lyles.

In late February of 2010, Oregon purchased for $25,000 from Lyles’ scouting service what was described as a “2011 National Package” that detailed recruits from several states.  One of the biggest problems with that? The package for 2011 purchased by UO contained zero recruits that would make up the following year’s recruiting class.  Instead, the vast majority of players highlighted in the 143-page book UO received from Lyles contained data on members of the 2009 recruiting class.

In the midst of rumors that Lyles had steered recruits such as Lache Seastrunk to the Ducks — and that he was paid handsomely for said steering (allegedly) — the man at the center of the controversy claimed in July of 2011 that UO “paid for what they saw as my access and influence with recruits. The service I provided went beyond what a scouting service should … I made a mistake and I’m big enough of a man to admit I was wrong.”

That claim came a couple of months after Lyles, who has spoken to the NCAA on multiple occasions, labeled as ““unequivocally false” reports that he steered recruits to universities.

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7 Responses to “NCAA to announce Oregon findings Wednesday”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jun 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    I found a video of a green NCAA smashing Oregon.

  2. rmfields says: Jun 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    How convenient for Chip Kelly.

  3. tttrojan4life says: Jun 25, 2013 3:42 PM

    With major violations committed by Oregon, the NCAA will “drop the hammer” by forcing Uncle Phil to promise to never do anything like this again for at least the upcoming season.

  4. oldforester says: Jun 25, 2013 5:04 PM

    Just think if you were in court and it worked like the NCAA. You wait over two years for “due process”. Many of those in the court’s enforcement arm have departed, with major turmoil inside the “court”. The court is facing allegations of its own. Then you get summoned by the judges who have exhibited a wide range of sentences for violations. The public and your peers have every reason to have lost faith in the process, but now you have been summoned to hear their decree. Will it be a fine, probation, a sentence, or execution. Its the NCAA, who knows. The only thing for certain is that tomorrow when the verdict is read no one will be happy, and questions will begin again. There must be a better way.

  5. barkleyblows says: Jun 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    DEATH PENALTY!!!!!!

  6. ironman721 says: Jun 25, 2013 6:59 PM

    Can’t wait to see how Emmert and his NCAA stooges bungle this one!

  7. rponciano says: Jun 25, 2013 7:17 PM

    This case will be treated like no other, even though there have been several like it. Don’t expect to be able to compare the Uof O case with any other. Heck, Mark Emmert won’t even hold anyone accountable for past missdeeds if he isn’t forced to. I truely believe that sometime within this year, a case that is making it’s way through the court system will exploit those who have been corrupt.

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