Oregon Punishment is Just a Slap on the Wrist

Chip Kelly has been punished...figuratively only - Steve Dykes

So the NCAA has spoken, Oregon is finally penalized...but not really.

While the headline that

Oregon, former head coach failed to monitor
football program

sounds rather ominous, but the actual penalty on the Oregon program for the infraction is rather mild. The full documents of the NCAA Committee on Infractions Report can be found here and the Independent Compliance Review here.

A brief review of the report of the Oregon misconduct can be found in our earlier open thread.

Here are the full list of penalties, from the shorter NCAA release:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Three years of probation from June 26, 2013 through June 25, 2016.
  • An 18-month show cause order for the former head coach. The public report contains further details.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the former assistant director of operations. The public report contains further details.
  • A reduction of initial football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (25) during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (imposed by the university).
  • A reduction of total football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (85) during the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years (imposed by the university).
  • A reduction of official paid football visits to from 56 to 37 for the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
  • A reduction of permissible football evaluation days from 42 to 36 in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and permissible football evaluation days from 168 to 144 in the spring of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • A ban on the subscription to recruiting services during the probation period.
  • A disassociation of the recruiting service provider. Details of the disassociation are included in the public report (imposed by the university).

So former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly can't come right back to coach Oregon again should his stint in the NFL fails (but the ban is only 18 month). Other than that, Oregon loses two scholarships and that's it (in addition to some further reduction in paid football visits and football evaluation days).

No bowl ban or anything drastic like that. While this is not all that surprising, it will likely add to the common public perception that NCAA is a joke. Maybe karma will come back and punish the Ducks later.

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