Oregon, a preseason national title contender, avoided a postseason bowl ban from the NCAA, which levied sanctions against the football team for major recruiting violations.
The penalties include:
- 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 penalties stem from a two-year NCAA investigation that began March 2011 into the Oregon football team and its use of recruiting services, particularly a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based Complete Scouting Services.
According a NCAA news release Wednesday morning, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions concluded Lyles “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.”
The NCAA also admonished former Oregon coach Chip Kelly and school officials for failing to monitor the program.
Kelly, who left Oregon for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, coached the Ducks the past four years. During his tenure, Oregon posted a 46-7 record. They made four BCS bowl appearances, including a bid for the national championship in 2011. The Ducks were 12-1 last season.
The former assistant director of operations in the report is Josh Gibson, who was dismissed July 2011. He landed on Kelly’s staff in Philadelphia.
Here’s a link to the full COI report.
Oregon has 15 days to file an appeal with the NCAA.