Oregon committed at least one 'major violation' under Kelly
Multiple reports state that Oregon made numerous payments to different recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2010 – this is how the Ducks were able to land LaMichael James and other top recruits from the area.
The University has already proposed a two-year probation and loss of scholarship, but won’t have its infractions hearing until later in the year.
This should have no affect on this year’s team, but don’t expect the NCAA to accept Oregon’s diluted proposal – something like this has all the makings of a postseason hiatus.
And what does this mean for Chip Kelly?
Similar situations have occurred: Pete Carroll left USC right before the program was hit hard by the NCAA for violations; Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor were given five-game suspensions by Roger Goodell for their roles in the Ohio State scandal.
But it’s unclear whether Kelly will be punished for his involvement for the recruiting violation at Oregon – at least until the investigation comes to an end.
“I am aware of the recent reports and of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the NCAA and the University of Oregon,” said Kelly. “While at Oregon, I know we were fully cooperative with all aspects of the investigation and I will continue to contribute in any way that I can. But until the NCAA rules on the matter, I will have no further comment.”
In my opinion, it’s wrong for a coach to swindle his former employer like this. He was given an outstanding opportunity at Oregon, who treated him as if he was king of the campus.
His commitment to Oregon on January 7 – only to flee less than 10 days later – is looking a lot worse right now with the pending sanctions.
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