Oregon Avoids Bowl Ban as NCAA Levies Punishment Against Ducks

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Oregon Avoids Bowl Ban as NCAA Levies Punishment Against Ducks

Oregon avoided a bowl ban after an NCAA review into potential recruiting infractions under former head coach Chip Kelly, Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reports.

Instead, Kelly was hit with a show-cause penalty, which means any college program that wants to hire him in the next 18 months must either incur his penalties or prove why it shouldn't have to. Because he made the jump to the NFL after last season, though, this penalty is very unlikely to affect the new Philadelphia Eagles head coach. 

Kelly commented on the findings by the NCAA in a statement released to the media (via CBS Philly)

Now that the NCAA has concluded their investigation and penalized the University of Oregon and its football program, I want to apologize to the University of Oregon, all of its current and former players and their fans. I accept my share of responsibility for the actions that led to the penalties.

As I have I stated before, the NCAA investigation, I do expect the University of Oregon and its football program to continue to thrive at a high level. They are a talented and resilient group of coaches and players and I’m sure they will attempt to put today’s news behind them very quickly and move forward as they prepare for the 2013 season.

As for Oregon, the program was given sanctions highlighted by the loss of a scholarship for two years. A complete guide to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions review can be viewed by visiting the Ducks athletic department's official site.

In the world of college football, even losing one scholarship can make a significant impact. That said, Oregon will be happy to avoid a bowl ban ahead of a season in which it is considered a potential top-10 team under new head coach Mark Helfrich.

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Other punishments include three years probation that will run through 2016, reductions in paid visits and evaluation days, and a ban from subscriptions to recruiting services throughout the length of the probation, according to a release from the NCAA.

The University of Oregon used a recruiting service provider, who became a representative of the university’s athletics interests, to assist the school with the recruitment of multiple prospective student-athletes, according to findings by the Division I Committee on Infractions.

The NCAA states the penalties relate to the use of a recruiting service provider that represented the school and provided prospects with impermissible benefits such as cash and free lodging. Kelly and Oregon are said to have confirmed a lack of oversight in the program.

Here's a summary of all the penalties (via CollegeSpun.com):

1. Public reprimand.

2. Three years of probation (6/26/2013-6/25/2016).

3. Loss of one "initial" scholarship for each of the next two years.

4. Loss of one "total" scholarship for each of the next three years.

5. Official paid visits per year capped at 37 for three years (Oregon had averaged 41 over the past four years).

6. Permissible number of football evaluation days capped at 36 (of 42) for the fall of 2013, 2014, 2015. Permissible number for the spring capped at 144 (of 168) for same three years.

7. Subscription to recruiting services banned during probation.

8. School must disassociate itself with the recruiting service in question.

9. Former coach Chip Kelly given 18-month show-cause penalty from June 26, 2013 until December 25, 2014.

10. Former assistant director of operations Josh Gibson given a 12-month show-cause penalty from June 26th, 2013 until June 25th, 2014.

11. The school must develop an educational program on NCAA compliance, submit it to the organization, and monitor its progress with the organization.

12. The school must inform all potential recruits of the violations and make the public aware of the infractions found.

13. The penalties are independent of any further action that could be taken by the Committee on Academic Performance.

14. After probation, the school must provide a letter that affirms the school conforms to all requirements.

Will Lyles, the man at the center of the scandal, talked to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports and gave his thoughts on the punishments levied against the program.

All told, the determination based on the NCAA findings led to the loss of scholarships, probation and other penalties, but no bowl ban for the Ducks heading into the 2013-14 season.

 

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