Documents shed more light on Oregon's NCAA investigation

Documents shed more light on Oregon's NCAA investigation
Oregon coach Chip Kelly talks with his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

EUGENE, Ore – Documents released by the University of Oregon on Wednesday show the exact recruiting rules the school is accused of violating.

The “notice of allegations” from the NCAA was delivered to UO president Michael Gottfredson in December.

The allegations are very similar to what was previously laid out in the school’s “summary disposition.” That was essentially a plea bargain from the UO that was subsequently rejected by the NCAA.

When that process failed, the committee on infractions took the case and sent the school this notice of allegations.

The NCAA claims the university committed the following “major” violations (note: some allegations are redacted):

  • Having Will Lyles, a scouting service provider, make impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes
  • Paying for subscription recruiting services that didn’t comply with NCAA regulations
  • Placing 730 impermissible recruiting phone calls
  • Having too many coaches involved in recruiting activities
  • The NCAA says the school didn’t adequately monitor recruiting activities

The notice of allegations does not include any mention of “lack of institutional control,” which could have led to harsher penalties. It does, however, say the Ducks could be penalized under the so-called repeat offender clause because they previously violated NCAA rules in 2004.

Last month the school reportedly appeared before the NCAA Committee on Infractions to answer the allegations. The committee, which is notoriously secretive, has not yet announced a decision.

We reached NCAA president Mark Emmert on Wednesday morning to ask him about the investigation. He would not provide a time frame about when the committee on infractions might announce a decision. 

“I can’t comment on ongoing investigations,” Emmert said.

The school provided the notice of allegations and a related letter to KATU on Wednesday after a records request from several media organizations. The letter was first reported by the Eugene Register-Guard.

“The enforcement program of the NCAA is a cooperative understanding involving individual member institutions and allied conferences working together through the NCAA – a unified effort designed to improve the administration of intercollegiate athletics,” Julie Roe Lach, the NCAA vice president of enforcement, wrote in a letter along with the notice of allegations.

Following the investigation process has been difficult because the NCAA does not publicize details of their investigative process. Reporters have relied on public records requests to track the investigation, but that often means the public only gets dated information.

Typically it takes 2-3 months for the committee on infractions to return a judgment, so it’s likely we’ll know the Ducks’ fate before football season starts in the fall.

KATU News reporter Dan Tilkin contributed to this report