Oregon Acknowledges NCAA Violations By Football Program

The Oregon Ducks athletic department released a document on Friday that states the school's football program did not follow NCAA regulations related to recruiting during the last four years.

The NCAA had been investigating Oregon over its recruiting practices, in particular the football program's relationship with scouting service provider Will Lyles and other people like him. Lyles has said publicly that the school paid him $25,000 for "access and influence" with recruits, which is an NCAA violation.

In total, Oregon paid $45,245 to "at least three" recruiting services like Lyles.

Via The Register-Guard:

In a statement of "proposed findings of violations" submitted by the NCAA to the athletic department, the Ducks acknowledged the use of three scouting services in ways that did not conform with NCAA rules, and to exceeding the permissible number of coaches involved in recruiting at any one time.

The most damaging aspect of the statement is that both the NCAA and Oregon "agreed that from 2008 through 2011, the scope and nature of the violations ... demonstrate that the athletics department failed to adequately monitor the football program’s use of recruiting or scouting services."

The documents were released following a public records request by various news outlets.

Also noted in the document is news that Oregon exceeded limits on the number of coaches allowed to recruit at any one time, during the years 2009-11.

The school has not received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA as of Friday and there is no mention of penalties or self-imposed sanctions.

Follow along as this story develops here and at Oregon blog Addicted To Quack.

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