In the immortal words of Pope Ric Flair, “To be the best, you have to beat the best. Woooh!”
Eat your heart out, SEC and Ohio State fans. Looks like the Ducks out on the Left Coast are throwing their hats into the ring of corruption.
Oregon and the NCAA agree that the school committed “major” violations within its recruiting practices, which have been the subject of an ongoing NCAA investigation. In a draft of the summary disposition report obtained by Portland, Ore., TV station KATU, more details have emerged surrounding the Ducks’ activities and use of Will Lyles, a Texas-based scout whose firm Complete Scouting Services allegedly provided Oregon with an illegal recruiting advantage, among other violations.
The report details Lyles’ impermissible contact with student-athletes, which gave Oregon “a meaningful recruiting advantage” by providing the school with background information on prospective recruits. The document also states that Oregon paid at least $35,000 for a number of improper recruiting services, including $25,000 to Lyles and Complete Scouting Services. Oregon also failed to adequately record recruiting information on a quarterly basis, as mandated by the NCAA.
Though the report questions whether Oregon and its coaches, led by former head man and current Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, maintained an atmosphere of compliance, it notes that the NCAA had “no finding of lack of institutional control and no finding of unethical conduct.” But the school could face penalties under the NCAA’s “repeat violators” clause, since the program’s last major infraction (2004) took place within five years of the first of these reported violations.
The report also details 730 impermissible phone calls to recruits between 2007-11, and it says the Ducks had “one too many coaches working on recruiting activities.” Oregon also reportedly failed to monitor the actions of its recruiting services, which provided prospects and high school coaches with impermissible benefits.
So, where do we go from here? Will the PAC-12 landscape fundamentally change? Will Kelly’s name be dragged through the mud for being such a scumbag? Will Nike U’s tradition-shitting jerseys compensate for the depletion of scholarships?