The University of Oregon has known about the NCAA's allegations toward its football program for nearly six months.
The news comes from Rob Moseley of The Register-Guard:
University of Oregon president Michael Gottfredson received a notice of allegations in the Ducks’ ongoing NCAA investigation of its recruiting practices on Dec. 5, 2012.
The document was released to The Register-Guard today by the university in response to a public records request.
In February, news broke that the university "release[d] documents indicating 'failure to monitor' findings proposed" in the ongoing NCAA investigation (h/t Ken Goe, The Oregonian).
Things only continued to get worse for Oregon in April, as it was revealed the university had committed several major recruiting violations. However, a finding of no unethical conduct during that time suggested the Ducks would be able to avoid major sanctions.
However, as Moseley states, this reveals a repeat offense by Oregon:
A letter to Gottfredson detailing the administrative process of the investigation is followed by seven specific allegations of wrong-doing by the Ducks under former head coach Chip Kelly. All of which closely resemble—almost to the word—the allegations listed in Oregon’s failed attempt at a summary disposition resolution as submitted to the NCAA in October of last year.
And that could be a major hitch in this entire process:
Rob Moseley @DuckFootball
@AbelDuck To me, it all comes down to how seriously they take the repeat violator situation.5/22/2013, 7:30:49 PM
According to Moseley, the violations contained in the notice of allegations are major ones, although no possible sanctions are listed in the document.
Still, it states that the university is subject to "penalties under repeat violator rules," which does not suggest good news for the Ducks going forward. This is an intriguing wrinkle in the story, as it also appears Oregon has been aware of its exact allegations since early December, which is earlier than was originally thought.
At that time, Chip Kelly, of course, was still head coach, and this is only going to further raise questions surrounding his now seemingly convenient departure for the NFL in January.
Either way, there are still several developments surely on the way when it comes to this ongoing investigation, which will be an intriguing story to follow until more becomes known.
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