NCAA sanctions Oregon for recruiting violations

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EUGENE, OR (KPTV) – The Oregon Ducks football program avoided a bowl game ban in sanctions handed down by the NCAA on Wednesday, but the university will be on NCAA probation until 2016.

NCAA officials said Oregon and former head coach Chip Kelly failed to monitor the football program, gave cash and free lodging to a recruit and broke the rules in their contacts with recruits and their families.

OregonIn addition to the three-year probation period, the Ducks will lose a football scholarship and several official paid visits. They will also lose evaluation days and will not be allowed to use recruiting services during the probation period.

Kelly, now a head coach for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, received an 18-month “show cause,” which makes it more difficult for him to return to college coaching during that time.

Here’s a full list of the punishments handed down by the NCAA, as described by NCAA officials:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Three years of probation from June 26, 2013 through June 25, 2016.
  • An 18-month show cause order for the former head coach. The public report contains further details.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the former assistant director of operations. The public report contains further details.
  • A reduction of initial football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (25) during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (imposed by the university).
  • A reduction of total football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (85) during the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years (imposed by the university).
  • 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. Details of the disassociation are included in the public report (imposed by the university).

The investigation into recruiting violations lasted more than two years.

The NCAA began looking into violations following 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 was connected to an Oregon recruit, according to investigators.

University of Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said the Ducks staff never intentionally violated the rules.

“Throughout this process, there has been speculation and innuendo regarding the nature and severity of potential violations, much of which was unfounded,” Mullens said in a statement. “As stated by the NCAA Enforcement Staff, the violations committed in this case were unintentional.”

Earlier this year, school officials proposed a self-imposed two-year probation and the loss of a scholarship for three years at that time. The committee on infractions rejected that proposal, and instead returned Wednesday’s punishment.

“We have all learned from this experience and look forward to continuing the progress of broad-based excellence in Oregon athletics,” Mullens said.

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