If Oregon faces sanctions for their alleged involvement with a recruiting service, per ESPN, the fallout could have a huge negative impact on the program going forward.
This chain reaction of events would be devastating to Oregon's football program. In addition to the impact sanctions can have on recruiting, there is a chance Kelly's verbal commitments could change their minds.
Per CBS Sports, coveted recruit Thomas Tyner has already flip-flopped his commitment to the school. For now he's recommitted to the Ducks, but it isn't crazy to think that sanctions and/or Kelly's departure could make him—and others—think twice before officially committing to Oregon.
If some of the recruits that pictured themselves in Kelly's spread offense become disenchanted with playing for a different coach, it will damage what looked like another solid recruiting class for the Ducks.
The Oregon program has made great strides over the last decade, but the school does not have the tradition of a USC or Ohio State. This program can't afford to lose scholarship athletes and expect to remain a top choice for the nation's best high school players.
If they aren't able to restock athletes at skill positions, the Ducks could easily slip to the middle of the pack in the Pac-12 by 2014. Without Kelly, and after playmakers like DeAnthony Thomas have moved on to the NFL, the Oregon attack won't be as formidable.
Even if they bring in another head coach that maintains the spread offense, or if they promote offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, there is no guarantee Kelly's successor will have the same success.
Ducks fans must hope that the NCAA doesn't hit the program too hard. If Kelly makes his move to the NFL, it could signal a downward snowball effect for Oregon football.
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