Oregon football investigation: Ducks likely headed for committee on infractions appearance

Jonathan Ferrey

The Oregon Ducks' attempt at ending the infractions involving recruiting adviser Will Lyles via a summary disposition appears to have failed, Yahoo! Sports is reporting.

The Oregon Ducks expect to be headed for a meeting with the NCAA's committee on infractions after the football program failed to end an investigation by way of summary disposition, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Chip Kelly's program, under investigation because of its relationship with high school recruiting adviser Will Lyles, will now have a hearing with the committee on infractions this spring. The NCAA has hearings set for February, April, June and August, though Yahoo!'s sources don't know when Oregon's hearing might occur.

The investigation stems from the recruiting service representative saying that $25,000 he received was approved by Kelly and was for "his ability to influence and deliver recruits" to the Ducks.

A summary disposition for NCAA infractions occurs when the school, individuals involved and NCAA enforcement staff send the NCAA the admitted violations that took place and any sanctions they believe are appropriate for the violations. If the NCAA agrees with all of the findings and the sanctions, then it can close the case. If not, then a hearing may be called.

In Oregon's case, Yahoo! finds that one edit on the believed violations could be the cause for the NCAA not ending the investigation.

As required by NCAA law, the NCAA's draft of infractions included that the Oregon "football program failed to gather recruiting or scouting information" from Lyles's service at least four times per year. Oregon edited the paragraph to say that Nyles's service "did not disseminate the football program recruiting or scouting" information at least four times a year, seemingly placing the blame on Nyles.

Yahoo!'s Charles Robinson and Rand Getlin suspect that is the reason the case is now headed for a hearing.

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