Portland, OR (Sports Network) - The University of Oregon and the NCAA have
reportedly agreed that the school's football program committed violations in
recruiting during Chip Kelly's tenure as head coach.
Kelly left the Ducks in January to take the vacancy of the NFL's Philadelphia
According to The Oregonian, which obtained documents from the school, the
university has proposed a two-year probation for the football program as well
as a reduction of one scholarship in each of the next three seasons as self-
The NCAA's investigation stems from Oregon's ties to a recruiting service run
by Willie Lyles. The NCAA, according to the documents obtained by The
Oregonian, said the Houston-based Lyles provided a recruiting advantage to
Oregon by "serving as a conduit to facilitate communication with prospective
Scouting services can provide written reports on players, but the NCAA said
Oregon accepted oral reports from Lyles and two other services.
Kelly, in a statement released through the Eagles, said he would cooperate in
any way with the investigation.
"I am aware of the recent reports and of the ongoing investigation being
conducted by the NCAA and the University of Oregon," said Kelly. "While at
Oregon, I know we were fully cooperative with all aspects of the investigation
and I will continue to contribute in any way that I can. But until the NCAA
rules on the matter, I will have no further comment."
Kelly went 46-7 and led Oregon to a BCS bowl game in each of his four years
with the school.
The Sports Network