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Ducks docked: Chip Kelly hit with sanctions by NCAA, Oregon still bowling

Twenty-seven months later, Oregon's learning its punishment for the great scouting services scandal of 2011.

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Will Oregon wrist-slap matter?

The NCAA let Oregon off the hook. Was it a reasonable response to a program where the bad actors have already left, or a cowardly move that will only encourage further improper behavior?

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Oregon, Chip Kelly sanctions a relief

After the Oregon Ducks and Chip Kelly waited nearly two years to hear how the NCAA would punish the Ducks for improper recruiting practices, sanctions were finally revealed.

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Chip Kelly apologizes for Oregon penalties

The former Duck head man apologized for his role in the scandal that brought sanctions to the Oregon football program, a far cry from his original stance on the issue.

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Oregon sanctions FAQ

The minimum you need to know about the punishments the NCAA's hit Ducks football with.

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Oregon dodges bowl ban

After two years -- and the departure of almost every person involved in the 2011 recruiting scandal -- Oregon has finally learned the scope of its NCAA sanctions.

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Oregon, NCAA agree on major violations

Oregon agreed that the school committed major violations, but there is disagreement on one point.

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The NCAA, flailing at ghosts

The NCAA's Oregon decision, whenever it arrives, will punish exactly as many responsible people as its other recent major judgments.

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Helfrich contract features NCAA rules stipulations

Mark Helfrich's new contract as Oregon's head coach has far-reaching clauses about how the coach is supposed to handle potential NCAA violations.

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Oregon NCAA hearing coming

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.

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Oregon Football Penalties Not Coming From NCAA Yet, Despite Rumors

You know how every month or so for the last five years, some Arrested Development cast member would say something about getting the show going again, and the Internet would light up? Waiting for Oregon's NCAA punishment has been kind of like that. Every few weeks, somebody reports THE END IS NEAR and then nothing happens.

As you were, then, because the latest swell of emotion on the Ducks getting walloped within the next few days has led to nothing.

It wouldn't be that hard to infer penalties could involve a loss of scholarships and a brief bowl ban at the worst, but there doesn't appear to be reason to believe we'll be finding out this week.

For more on Ducks football, visit Oregon blog Addicted To Quack, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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Tennessee Football Dragged Into Willie Lyles Investigations

Ah, Lache Seastrunk. The most tantalizing college football recruit in all the land, he must have been. The former Oregon Ducks and current Baylor Bears running back, who was  part of the original Willie Lyles scandal, has gotten the Tennessee Volunteers involved as well.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin, Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel, former Vols secondary coach Willie Mack Garza "wired $1,500 to a talent scout in July 2009, funding the airfare for an unofficial recruiting trip by then five-star prospect Lache Seastrunk and his mother."

Of course this occurred during the Lane Kiffin administration, and of course Garza followed Kiffin to the USC Trojans. When last we heard of Garza, he was resigning from USC amid reports that he'd been involved with Willie Lyles. So, yep. One more Kiffin mess for the Vols to clean up.

Still, Vols blog Rocky Top Talk is confident UT's hands are clean here:

Didn't the NCAA essentially conclude, in part anyway, that Tennessee was in the clear for the actions of its former employees operating outside the scope of their employment (I doubt "violating the NCAA rulebook" is in the job description) because all of those wrongdoing employees were no longer employees? Didn't they pretty much conclude that the better philosophy is to have coaches' wrongs follow coaches? Heck, Garza not only is no longer employed by Tennessee, he's no longer employed by Kiffin at USC.    

For more, visit Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk.

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Oregon Football Receives NCAA Notice Of Inquiry On A Freaking Saturday

Something is not right with the college football world <-- bold. As schools and conferences battle over such prizes as Syracuse football while there are actual games being played on actual fields, the NCAA picks a Saturday to send a letter of inquiry to the Oregon Ducks.

This, of course, proves the NCAA hates you. Or that Oregon was smart about when to let everybody know it had received the notice. Whatever, Oregon.

This isn't a surprising step in the NCAA's investigation into Oregon, but it's an important one. Essentially, the NCAA has informed Oregon an investigation is underway. We'd already known Willie Lyles had met with NCAA investigators about Oregon, so it's pretty much not news at all. But formalities are formalities, let's get ready for more on this story, and let's get back to enjoying our Saturdays.

For more on the Ducks, head to Oregon blog Addicted To Quack.

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Oregon Football Recruiting Investigation: NCAA Heads To Eugene In Search Of Dirty Ducks

Prepare for an offseason weekend full of "The Ducks' goose is cooked HURR HURR" headlines, as the NCAA makes fast tracks for Eugene to examine Oregon's recruiting practices, in the wake of Thursday's reports of high-figure third-party payments by the school. Via Sports by Brooks, what Yahoo! and ESPN hath wrought:

NCAA investigators will be in Eugene on Friday to initiate a more direct inspection of the recruiting tactics of school’s football program. I’m told the NCAA’s imminent presence in Eugene was in response to revelations in the Yahoo and ESPN reports published Thursday.

Over at our Oregon blog, Addicted To Quack, level heads are prevailing:

Unfortunately, this is not a clear area of NCAA law. Payments cannot be paid to anyone that recruits for Oregon, and many will automatically assume that Myles and Flenory steered players toward Oregon. I don't see much evidence that this is the case, but this is an issue that many feel uneasy about, and it will be tough to establish either guilt or innocence in an issue such as this.

Is the NCAA putting on a show so they can close a pesky loophole and deny schools involvement with shady-but-legal recruiting services? Probably. (Do they read SB Nation for ideas? Maybe!) Stay tuned to Addicted To Quack and this StoryStream for more news on the situation as it develops.

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Kelly: Ducks didn't break rules

Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly has commented on reports that the program paid Baron Flenory and Will Lyles for prohibited recruiting assistance. In a report by ESPN’s Joe Schad and Mark Schlabach, Kelly acknowledges paying Lyles, though he denies any wrongdoing:

Most programs purchase recruiting services. Our compliance office is aware of it. Will has a recruiting service that met NCAA rules and we used him in 2010.

Oregon athletics department spokesman Dave Williford confirmed to ESPN that Oregon did pay Lyles, as it had done in the past. However, this year the payment reportedly increased despite Lyles no longer being associated with Scout.com.

The $25,000 amount Oregon paid Lyles is higher than the going rate for recruiting services acceptable by the NCAA, though paying a lot of money doesn’t necessarily mean rules were broken. The issue is whether Lyles steered players towards Oregon rather than serving as a talent evaluator.

Read the ESPN report for many more details on Lyles and the complicated world of recruiting services.

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Oregon reportedly paid 'agents'

The Oregon Ducks football program paid more than $28,000 to Will Lyles and Baron Flenory, men who've had personal associations with recent Ducks signees, according to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson. Among the players listed by Robinson as possibly involved are star Cliff Harris, five-star 2011 signee DeAnthony Thomas, Dior Mathis, Tacoi Sumler, and Anthony Wallace.

According to the report, Lyles received $25,000 from Oregon, while Flenory was given $3,745. Both run athletics institutions that involve coming into contact with young football players. Flenory's profile page at the New Level Athletics website lists his extensive background, The NCAA is not investigating Oregon at this point.

Rumors had been building for the past week or so of trouble drawing near for Oregon, with the NCAA speaking with Thomas, according to what appeared to be Thomas' Twitter account -- though Thomas first asserting investigators wanted to know about the USC Trojans, not Oregon, then pulling a Will Hill and claiming that's not his Twitter handle.

For more on Oregon football, visit Addicted To Quack and SB Nation Seattle.

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