The Oregon Ducks are going public with their financial records in the wake of Yahoo! and ESPN investigations that revealed the school paid recruiting coordinators upwards of $25,000 total in the past year. The money, paid for information on potential recruits, has come under scrutiny after the investigations revealed ties to some of the Ducks' top recruits. While paying for the information is not illegal, if either Will Lyles or Baron Flenory -- the men paid for scouting services -- funneled players to Oregon, it would constitute an NCAA violation.
While this story has blown up very quickly, it seems like the U of O compliance department is on top of things. These new details, along with recent comments by former Oregon recruiting coordinator Deryk Gilmore, should ease any worries that Ducks fans have.
While the NCAA will no doubt continue to look into these issues, the proactive nature of the Oregon athletic department is very encouraging. They obviously are not trying to hide anything that has happened in these transactions, and are going out of their way to provide information to the public, something we haven't seen happen often in recent years.
Taking an up-front and honest approach is a good start by Oregon. The NCAA values honesty, and have shown a tendency to come down on schools, and athletes, that lie in recent history. If nothing else, it's good from a public relations standpoint.