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Documents reveal Oregon football committed 'major' violations

April 16, 2013|By Chris Dufresne

The NCAA’s ongoing investigation into the Oregon football program appears to be crawling toward conclusion.

It may still be months before a final verdict is rendered, but documents released Monday reveal the NCAA and the school concluded “major” violations were committed.

The parties do not agree on the severity of the violations, which will necessitate Oregon appearing before the Committee on Infractions sometime this spring or summer.

Oregon has proposed two years probation with a reduction of one scholarship each of the next three seasons.

The case centers on Oregon’s alleged improper alliance with a scouting service operated by Texas-based Willie Lyles. The school paid Lyles $25,000 for recruiting services, from 2008 to 2011.

A key factor in Oregon’s favor is the school is not being charged with “lack of institutional control” or unethical conduct. The school has been charged with the less severe "failure to monitor."

Most of the violations described in the summary deposition occurred under former Coach Chip Kelly, now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I am aware of the recent reports and of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the NCAA and the University of Oregon,” Kelly said in a statement released by the Eagles. “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.”


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