CFS Daily Hot Reads: Tuesday, April 16
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n documents released to media outlets Monday evening, Oregon and the NCAA agree that the Ducks’ football staff committed at least one major recruiting violation from 2008 to 2011. Where they disagree is on the severity of Oregon’s $25,000 payment to Texas-based talent scout Willie Lyles. The Ducks feel the impermissible “oral reports” the staff received from Lyles is a secondary violation, but NCAA enforcement officials think otherwise.
John Infante of the Bylaw Blog says that it’s clear that the NCAA is “not going to turn the $25,000 charge for Lyles’ recruiting service into a payment for a recruit” and that, obviously, is important. The NCAA calls the $25,000 amount was “sensationalized” by the media, but Infante says that, “Even if the $25,000 payment was ‘sensationalized,’ it deserves a more thorough treatment.”
Regardless, it’s significant to note that the NCAA made “no finding of lack of institutional control and no finding of unethical conduct.” Oregon has proposed to self-impose a two-year probation and a reduction of one scholarship for each of the next three seasons. Now, the Ducks will wait to appear before the NCAA’s committee on infractions sometime this year. The COI will have the final ruling on the recruiting violations and penalties. [Just in case you have a few extra hours to kill, you'll find links to all 515 pages of the documents here.]
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FCS rivals Southeast Missouri State and Southern Illinois will play the first-ever college football game at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium on Sept. 21.
David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette says that weeknight games pollute college football.