Report: Oregon committed recruiting violations
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - The University of Oregon and the NCAA have reportedly agreed that the school's football program committed violations in recruiting during Chip Kelly's tenure as head coach.
Kelly left the Ducks in January to take the vacancy of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
According to The Oregonian, which obtained documents from the school, the university has proposed a two-year probation for the football program as well as a reduction of one scholarship in each of the next three seasons as self- imposed sanctions.
The NCAA's investigation stems from Oregon's ties to a recruiting service run by Willie Lyles. The NCAA, according to the documents obtained by The Oregonian, said the Houston-based Lyles provided a recruiting advantage to Oregon by "serving as a conduit to facilitate communication with prospective student-athletes."
Scouting services can provide written reports on players, but the NCAA said Oregon accepted oral reports from Lyles and two other services.
Kelly, in a statement released through the Eagles, said he would cooperate in any way with the investigation.
"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."
Kelly went 46-7 and led Oregon to a BCS bowl game in each of his four years with the school.
04/16 12:07:52 ET