Looks like Oregon, in fact, won the day. With its NCAA case, that is.
As promised from yesterday, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions released its findings into its two-year-plus investigation into Oregon’s football program and its business relationship with recruiting service provider Willie Lyles. In conclusion, the NCAA claims the following:
“… The University of Oregon used a recruiting service provider, who became a representative of the university’s athletics interests, to assist the school with the recruitment of multiple prospective student-athletes,” the review states. “The representative provided cash and free lodging to a prospect and engaged in impermissible calls and off-campus contacts with football prospects, their families and high school coaches.
“Additionally, the football program allowed staff members to engage in recruiting activity, which resulted in the football program exceeding coaching limits. Both the former head football coach and the university agreed they failed to monitor the football program.”
Both Oregon and former coach Chip Kelly, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, agreed they failed to monitor the program adequately. As a result of the infractions, Oregon has been hit with multiple sanctions and Kelly has been given a show-cause penalty. However, the Ducks will not face a bowl ban as part of their punishment from the NCAA. The sanctions include:
– Three years of probation from June 26, 2013, through June 25, 2016 (the university had proposed two years of probation).
– A reduction of one scholarship per signing class (from 25) for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (self-imposed).
– A reduction of total scholarships by one (from 85) through the 2015-16 academic year (self-imposed).
– A reduction of official paid football visits to from 56 to 37 for the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
– A reduction of permissible football evaluation days from 42 to 36 in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and permissible football evaluation days from 168 to 144 in the spring of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
– A ban on the subscription to recruiting services during the probation period.
– A disassociation of the recruiting service provider (self-imposed).
Additionally, Kelly faces an 18-month show-cause penalty through Dec. 25, 2014. The NCAA states if any member wishes to hire Kelly, he and the school “must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the school should be subject to the show-cause procedures.”