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NCAA Dishes Out Oregon’s Sanctions

EUGENE — The University of Oregon football program will lose one scholarship for the next three years and will be on probation for the next three years. Former Head Coach Chip Kelly has been given an 18-month show-cause penalty, affecting his ability to work at another NCAA athletic program.   The NCAA announced the sanctions Wednesday morning.

The penalties stem from a 27-month long investigation into Oregon’s use of scouting services, primarily one run by Will Lyles.

Click here to read the entire report from the NCAA’s Committee On Infractions.

Here is what the report says about the penalties:

General Administrative Penalties Imposed on the Institution
1. Public reprimand and censure.
2. Three years of probation from June 26, 2013, through June 25, 2016. (The
institution had proposed a two-year probationary period.)


Penalties Imposed on the Football Program
3. The number of initial athletically related financial aid awards in football that are
countable under Bylaw 15.02.3 shall be reduced by one from the maximum
allowed (25) during both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. This limits
the institution to 24 initial grants those two years under current rules. (Institution
imposed)
4. The number of total athletically related financial aid awards in football shall be
reduced by one from the maximum allowed (85) during the 2012-13, 2013-14 and
2014-15 academic years. This limits the institution to 84 total scholarships those
three years under current rules. (Institution imposed)
5. Official paid visits in the sport of football shall be limited to 37 for each of the
2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-6 academic years. The institution will not be allowed University of Oregon Public Infractions Report
to retain unused visits for the following year as allowed under Bylaw 13.6.2.6.2. 
[Note 1: The maximum number of official paid visits in football is 56. Note 2:
The institution had averaged approximately 41 visits over the previous four
academic years. Note 3: The institution had proposed a limit of 37 official paid
visits during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.]
6. The permissible number of football evaluation days shall be limited to 36 (of 42)
in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015. The permissible number of football
evaluation days shall be limited to 144 (of 168) in the spring of 2014, 2015 and
2016. [Note: The institution self-imposed a limit to 36 the permissible number of
football evaluation days in the fall of 2012 and 144 in the spring of 2013.]
7. A ban on the subscription to recruiting services during the period of probation.
8. The recruiting service provider will be disassociated by the institution’s athletics
program upon release of this report. (Institution imposed) Included in the
disassociation are the following provisions:
a. The recruiting service provider shall not be allowed to participate in any
organization recognized by the institution as a supporter of the institution’s
athletics program;
b. The recruiting service provider shall not be allowed to provide benefits
(including employment) to any enrolled student-athletes;
c. The recruiting service provider shall not be allowed to make any financial
or gift-in-kind contribution for support of the institution’s athletics
program; and
d. The recruiting service provider shall not receive any privilege associated
with the institution’s athletics program that is not available to the general
public.


Penalty Imposed on the Former Head Coach
9. The committee concluded that the former head coach failed in his duty to monitor
his program as it related to the recruiting service provider’s impermissible contact
with prospective student-athletes, the football program’s use of the recruiting
service provider’s business which did not comply with NCAA legislation, and the
impermissible telephone calls placed by the former assistant director of
operations. The former head coach agreed with these determinations. Therefore,
pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 19.5, the committee imposes an 18-month show-cause
order upon the former head coach. During this period, which begins on June 26,
2013, and runs through December 25, 2014, if any member institution seeks to
hire the former head coach in an athletically related capacity, it and the former
head coach shall appear before the Committee on Infractions to consider which, if University of Oregon Public Infractions Report
any, of the show-cause procedures of Bylaw 19.5.2.2 (l) should be imposed upon 
him.

Penalty Imposed on the Former Assistant Director of Operations
10. The committee concluded that the former assistant director of operations violated
NCAA recruiting legislation. The former assistant director of operations agreed.
Therefore, pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 19.5, the committee imposes a one-year
show-cause order upon the former assistant director of operations. During this
period, which begins on June 26, 2013, and runs through June 25, 2014, if any
member institution seeks to hire the former assistant director of operations in an
athletically related capacity, it and the former assistant director of operations shall
appear before the Committee on Infractions to consider which, if any, of the
show-cause procedures of Bylaw 19.5.2.2 (l) should be imposed upon him

Other Administrative Penalties and Measures
11. During this period of probation, the institution shall:
a. Continue to develop and implement a comprehensive educational program
on NCAA legislation to instruct the coaches, the faculty athletics
representative, all athletics department personnel and all institution staff
members with responsibility for the certification of student-athletes’
eligibility for admission, financial aid, practice or competition;
b. Submit a preliminary report to the Office of the Committees on Infractions
by August 15 setting forth a schedule for establishing this compliance and
educational program; and
c. File with the Office of the Committees on Infractions annual compliance
reports indicating the progress made with this program by March 1 of
each year during the probationary period. Particular emphasis should be
placed on compliance with recruiting legislation, particularly the use of
recruiting and scouting services. The reports must also include
documentation of the institution’s compliance with the penalties adopted
and imposed by the committee.
12. During the period of probation, the institution shall:
a. Inform prospective student-athletes in football that the institution is on
probation for three years and the violations committed. If a prospective
student-athlete takes an official paid visit, the information regarding
violations, penalties and terms of probation must be provided in advance University of Oregon Public Infractions Report
of the visit. Otherwise, the information must be provided before a 
prospective student-athlete signs a NLI.
b. Publicize specific and understandable information concerning the nature
of the infractions by providing, at a minimum, a statement to include the
types of violations in the football program and a direct, conspicuous link
to the public infractions report located on the athletic department’s main
webpage. The institution’s statement must: (i) clearly describe the
infractions; (ii) include the length of the probationary period associated
with the major infractions case; and (iii) give members of the general
public a clear indication of what happened in the major infractions case to
allow the public (particularly prospective student-athletes and their
families) to make informed, knowledgeable decisions. A statement that
refers only to the probationary period with nothing more is not sufficient.
The institution may meet its responsibility in a variety of ways and the
Office of the Committees on Infraction’s approval of the statement will
not be unreasonably withheld.
13. The above-listed penalties are independent of and supplemental to any action that
has been or may be taken by the Committee on Academic Performance through
its assessment of contemporaneous, historical, or other penalties.
14. At the conclusion of the probationary period, the institution’s president shall
provide a letter to the committee affirming that the institution’s current athletics
policies and practices conform to all requirements of NCAA regulations.

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