Oregon may find out NCAA fate before 2013 season

Oregon may find out NCAA fate before 2013 season

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t looks like Oregon will find out the fate of the NCAA’s investigation before the Ducks kickoff the 2013 season.

Chip Kelly reportedly to the NCAA that Oregon used Willie Lyles' scouting service “the same way other schools do.”

Chip Kelly reportedly told the NCAA that Oregon used Willie Lyles’ scouting service “the same way other schools do.”

Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans tweeted that the NCAA’s infractions committee is expected to issue it’s final ruling “in the next 60 to 90 days.”

That means penalties could be applied as soon as the upcoming season. If the Ducks were given a postseason bowl ban, for instance, it would significantly alter the college football landscape in the final season of the BCS.

Oregon appeared before the infractions committee last Friday Dallas, per Evans.

Chip Kelly attended the meeting, and told the committee that the school used Willie Lyles’ scouting service “the same way other schools do,” the source said.

In March 2011, the NCAA began investigating Oregon’s $25,000 payment to Lyles’ Complete Scouting Service.

Last week, the school released 515 pages of investigation documents of the Ducks’ use of scouting services.

In a letter obtained by The Oregonian, president Michael Gottfredson and athletic director Rob Mullens agreed with NCAA enforcement officials that the violations committed in the case were “major.”

Oregon proposed penalties including a two-year probation and a loss of three total scholarships over the next three seasons.

The infractions committee denied the proposal will issue its own ruling on penalties. Oregon could choose to appeal the ruling, which would likely drag on into the 2013 season.

UPDATE: In response to Evans’ report, Oregon issued what amounts to a “no comment” statement via the Eugene Register-Guard.

“Regardless of when or where the hearing occurs, review is ongoing until the NCAA Committee in Infractions issues its final report,” the statement read. “The integrity of the process and our continued full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing the specifics of this matter.”

Photo credit: Rick Bowmer / AP

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