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Report: NCAA, Oregon agree on 'major' violations

Eagles coach Chip Kelly was there, but won't comment

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

The NCAA has been investigating the University of Oregon for recruiting violations and other infractions, some of which occurred while current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was coaching the Ducks.

UPDATE (11:15 a.m.): Chip Kelly issued the following statement:

“I am aware of the recent reports and of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the NCAA and the University of Oregon. While at Oregon, I know we were fully cooperative with all aspects of the investigation and I will continue to contribute in any way that I can. But until the NCAA rules on the matter, I will have no further comment.”

From earlier: According to a report by KATU.com, Oregon admits to many "major" violations in the summary disposition they filed with the NCAA:

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  • New documents from the University of Oregon give the best view to date of the recruiting violations the football program faces from the NCAA.

    The documents, which were provided on Monday to KATU after we filed a records request in September, are a draft of the “summary disposition” report. In the documents, the school and NCAA enforcement staff agree that the UO committed several "major" violations.

    ...


    “There were underlying major violations coupled with failure to monitor violations involving the head coach (2009 through 2011) and the athletics department (2008-2011),” NCAA enforcement staff wrote in the report. “While the violations were not intentional in nature, coaches and administrators of a sports program at an NCAA member institution have an obligation to ensure that the activities being engaged in comply with NCAA legislation.”

    KATU then outlines the findings of this report, which is not complete due to redacted information. Kelly is not mentioned by name, but under the section titled "Finding 6 - Did the school promote an atmosphere of compliance?" the reporters speculate on his involvement:

    This section is difficult to decipher because of redactions, but centers on an NCAA bylaw that says the head coach much promote an “atmosphere of compliance.”

    In the report, the school and NCAA agree a violation happened, although the NCAA cautions that the report does not include a finding that [redacted] failed “to promote an atmosphere of compliance.” It does not state if that person is Chip Kelly.

    Kelly won't have a ton of time to craft a response, as he is already scheduled to meet with reporters at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, and will certainly be asked to comment.

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