New doc confirms that UO president met with NCAA committee

New doc confirms that UO president met with NCAA committee
Part of Michael Gottfredson's calendar that that UO provided to KATU after a public records request.

EUGENE, Ore – A document released by the University of Oregon on Friday show school president Michael Gottfredson met with the NCAA “Committee on Infractions” on April 19 and 20.

The document was in response to a public records request by KATU for Gottfredson's calendar revealing his schedule to meet with the committee. Members will decide whether the Ducks football team will face sanctions for recruiting violations.

The president’s calendar does not reveal much.  It does show Gottfredson scheduled 3.5 hours for an evening meeting that Friday and 8.5 hours on that Saturday before flying back to Eugene.

Sports Illustrated first reported that representatives of the Ducks, including former coach Chip Kelly, went before the Committee on Infractions at the meeting in Dallas. The magazine attributed the information to an unnamed source.  The documents provided to KATU are the first official confirmation of the meeting.

Earlier this week other documents revealed the “notice of allegations” from the NCAA was delivered to 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.

Read more about the "notice of allegations" producer John Tierney contributed to this report