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Oregon to learn NCAA findings

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 25 2013 02:06:28 PM CDT
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The University of Oregon will learn Wednesday the fate of the NCAA investigation launched in September 2011 into major violations by football coaches that led to charges of "failure to monitor" the program.

The NCAA plans to announce its findings at 11 a.m. ET. Any punishment could be appealed by Oregon within 15 days.

Oregon has conceded major violations were committed and offered self-imposed penalties stemming from former head coach Chip Kelly's relationship with Willie Lyles, a self-described recruiting talent scout based in Houston. Lyles managed Complete Scouting Services, and was paid for scouting reports on several players he mentored who eventually signed to play at Oregon.

NCAA bylaws stipulate recruiting services must provide quarterly updates in writing. Reports must be written or in video form, and dictated, oral scouting reports aren't allowed. According to the NCAA's summary disposition, Oregon's coaching staff claimed it didn't know infractions were committed.

"Football staff members were not aware that the manner in which they were using scouting/recruiting services was impermissible," the disposition read. "Nonetheless, the recruiting advantage that was gained via the oral reports from scouting services personnel was more than the minimal."

Athletic director Rob Mullens and Kelly appeared before the NCAA committee on infractions. In the session, Kelly admitted to using other recruiting services.

Oregon staff members were also accused of making hundreds of phone calls to recruits considered impermissible by NCAA guidelines.

Kelly was hired to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in January.

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