The University of Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA infractions in connection with football recruiting and proposed a self-imposed two-year probation, with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years, according to documents released by the school.
PORTLAND — The University of Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA infractions in connection with football recruiting and proposed a self-imposed two-year probation, with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years, according to documents released by the school.
The revelations were made in a summary-disposition report included in the documents released Monday night.
In a summary-disposition overview dated Oct. 30, 2012, according to an Oregonlive.com report, “The enforcement staff, institutions and involved individuals agree that the findings constitute a major-infractions case.”
Oregon and the NCAA have failed to come to an agreement on the matter, and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee this year.
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The NCAA began looking into possible violations after reports about payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2010. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.
Oregon’s athletic department issued a statement that said: “The review is ongoing until the NCAA Committee on Infractions issues its final report. The integrity of the process and our continued full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing the specifics of this matter.”
The university released 515 pages of documents in response to public-records requests. The documents were heavily redacted and included several drafts of the summary disposition report.
The report included details of Oregon’s relationship with Lyles. After allegations of possible violations in 2011, Oregon released information that Lyles had produced but it was largely outdated.
“There were underlying major violations coupled with failure to monitor violations involving the head coach (2009 through 2011) and the athletics department (2008-2011),” the report said. “While the violations were not intentional in nature, coaches and administrators of a sports program at an NCAA member institution have an obligation to ensure that the activities being engaged in comply with NCAA legislation.”
However, the summary disposition also noted no “lack of institutional control,” typically one of the most severe charges the NCAA can bring after an investigation of rules violations.
“None of the underlying violations were intentional in nature,” the report said.
Chip Kelly coached Oregon for the past four seasons, leading the Ducks to a 46-7 record with appearances in four straight BCS bowl games. He left to become coach of the NFL Philadelphia Eagles in January.
“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,” Kelly said in a statement Tuesday.
Kelly was asked whether the NCAA probe was a factor in his moving to the NFL.
“No. That had absolutely no impact on my decision to leave,” he said at a news conference.