Oregon, NCAA agree “major” violations occurred

April 16, 2013 – 9:39 am by Ryan Phillips

Chip Kelly

The University of Oregon and the NCAA agree that “major” violations were committed by the school’s football program, according to documents released Monday night. Both The Oregonian and KATU – a local Portland television station – received the files as part of a public records request filing.

The documents focus mostly on Will Lyles, who ran a recruiting and scouting service and was at the center of the investigation. The alleged violations took place mostly during the tenure of former Ducks coach Chip Kelly, who is now the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles after departing the school in January.

The NCAA enforcement staff said the following in the report:

“There were underlying major violations coupled with failure to monitor violations involving the head coach (2009 through 2011) and athletics department (2008-2011).”

But puzzlingly, the documents also state that there was “no finding for lack of institutional control and no finding of unethical conduct.” Which makes absolutely no sense.

Basically the NCAA is saying there were major violations and the head coach failed to monitor his program for a period of two years, but that doesn’t qualify as a lack of institutional control or unethical conduct.

Just to remind everyone what exactly happened, Lyles has actually admitted that Oregon paid him a substantial sum of money to gain access to recruits and for him to use his influence to steer players towards the school. Lyles recruits LaMichael James and Lache Seastrunk wound up at Oregon.

Oregon issued a statement on Monday that was pretty benign, basically saying this was an ongoing review and that the university was cooperating fully.

Oregon is expected to appear before the NCAA’s committee on infractions at some point this year.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Oregon, NCAA agree “major” violations occurred”

  2. You must remember that Oregon has very deep pockets , funded by Nike and sleazy Phil Knight and the NCAA might over look some violations.

    By Kevin Hague on Apr 16, 2013

  3. Guess Chip got out of dodge, just in time!

    By Chris on Apr 17, 2013

  4. time to take your medicine now.

    By Brutus Buckeye on Apr 17, 2013

  5. HELL THEY DESERVE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THOSE IDIOTIC UNIFORM CHANGES,MAYBE SOME DAY SPORTS CAN GET BACK TO BEING ABOUT CHAMPIOSHIPS WHICH THE DUCKS FANS SEEM TO FORGET THEY HAVE ZERO OF AND NOT ABOUT FASHION!! BUT YOU RIGHT WITH AS MUCH MONEY AS PHIL NIKE BRINGS IN THE NCAA WALL FALL BACK ON THERE HUGE GOD COMPLEX AND SIMPLY TURN THE OTHER CHEEK!! ITS ALL ABOUT INTEGRITY WINK WINK!!

    By kevin bulger on Apr 17, 2013

  6. Don’t overlook the fact that they play in the Pac 10, which means any penalties handed down will be for the 2018 or 2021 seasons or somewhere around that time frame like they did with USC and the Reggie Bush fiasco. Any other conferences are punished very quickly but not the Pac 10.

    By Bo McElya on Apr 18, 2013

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