NCAA Releases Findings of Investigation Into Ducks Football

There was no mention of Puddles in the investigation. - Doug Pensinger

After nearly two years of NCAA investigation, the NCAA announced its findings about the missteps of the Oregon football program. If you hate yourself and love reading legal documents, you can read the whole thing here. If you would just like a quick summary, here goes.

What did those big bad Ducks do?

  • Subscribed to a recruiting service (AKA Willie Lyles) which suggested specific athletes to recruit, let the school know what some players' interest level was in the school, suggesting which high school programs to visit, and made phone calls to specific prospects.
  • The service also paid for lodging and training (approximately $300 worth) of a prospect (Prospect A in the documents), as well as cash gifts approximating $100. Then the prospect received some apparel only available to current Oregon student-athletes. The assistant director of operations at the time, Josh Gibson, saw a YouTube video with the prospect wearing the apparel, and neither said nor did anything about it.
  • I just like this story: Lyles met with a prospect at a Houston gas station and gave him an SAT registration packet so he could take it.
  • By doing all this, the service became a "representative of the institution's athletic interests," which isn't allowed.
  • Said recruiting service did not report to Oregon 4 times a year, as was required.
  • "From 2007 to 2011, three noncoaching staff members placed approximately 730 recruiting-related phone calls." They claimed to think the calls were "administrative," but, alas, they were wrong.
  • The above violation caused the Ducks to go over the limit of coaches allowed for a year.
  • Chip Kelly and the institution "failed to monitor the program."
  • The program subscribed to two more recruiting services, neither of which followed all the rules.
What did the big bad NCAA do about it?
  • "Public reprimand and censure."
  • 3-years of probation. Included in this probation is...
  1. Losing (having lost) one "initial" financial aid award for football players for both last year and the upcoming year. This was imposed by the Ducks.
  2. Losing (having lost) one scholarship for football players for both last year and the upcoming 2 years. This was imposed by the Ducks.
  3. Official paid visits reduced from 56 to 37.
  4. Fall football evaluation days reduced from 42 to 36.
  5. No subscribing to recruiting services.
  • Chip Kelly can't coach in the NCAA for 18 months. Whoop-de-do.
  • Josh Gibson got a one-year show-cause.
But what does it all mean?

No surprise here, the Duck football program is fine. The NCAA became the butt of many jokes by telling Chip Kelly he's not welcome for a little while in the college football world. Many feel the penalties, overall, are lenient, considering the school's violations were split up into 6 major sections in the NCAA release.


You can follow the entire saga here.


The Pac-12 has a video of Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullins discussing the decision here.



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