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Oregon football punishment open thread


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Two years after the original report with Willie Lyles broke, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions has decided they are ready to rule on whether or not Oregon committed any wrongdoing.

[Apparently the NCAA feels no need to move at the same speed Oregon does on offense.]

To refresh your memory, here's a quick summary of the Willie Lyles saga:

Reports surfaced in March 2011 that the football program had paid $25,000 for a national recruiting package from Houston-based recruiting consultant Willie Lyles and Complete Scouting Services. The payment came one month after highly recruited running back Lache Seastrunk signed a letter of intent with Oregon in February 2010.

Lyles served as a mentor to Seastrunk, out of Temple, Texas.

Later it surfaced that Lyles had a similar relationship with several other Oregon players from Texas, including LaMichael James, Tra Carson, Dontae Williams and Marcus Davis.

Many programs use recruiting services to help save time by providing information on recruits out of a team's region. Using such services is within NCAA guidelines.

However, a review of the national recruiting package Lyles provided Oregon in 2011 consisted of names of players who had graduated from high school in 2010, thus making the package worthless. Included was a defensive lineman who had played for Auburn against Oregon in the BCS National Championship game.

Feel free to use these comments to speculate on what Oregon's punishment will be, celebrate in case sanctions are announced, or curse bitterly if the Ducks get away cleanly.