Report: Univ. of Oregon appears before NCAA committee

Report: Univ. of Oregon appears before NCAA committee
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly runs onto the field with his team before an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon went before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions last week to make its case about alleged recruiting violations, according to a report in Sports Illustrated.

The report from Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans cites an anonymous source who says former coach Chip Kelly testified that the UO used Will Lyles’s recruiting service “the same way other schools do.”

The NCAA accuses the university of violating recruiting rules in using Lyles, as well as other infractions, according to documents obtained by KATU last week.

Phil Weiler, a UO spokesman, would not confirm that the school appeared before the committee.

"Regardless of when the hearing by the NCAA Committee on Infractions occurs, the review is ongoing until the Committee issues its final report," Weiler said in a statement. "The integrity of the process and our continued full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing the specifics of this matter at this time."

We also put calls in to university president Michael Gottfredson and an athletic department spokesman but have not yet heard back.

The Committee on Infractions is the board that will judge if the UO violated NCAA rules and what punishment is appropriate. It’s a secretive process; the NCAA doesn’t publicize when or where they meet and media aren’t allowed to attend.

Typically it takes the committee 2-3 months to return with a judgment.

Documents about the case show the UO tried to take a plea bargain of sorts in the case and self-impose penalties, but the committee turned that down and decided to adjudicate the case itself.

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KATU reporter Dan Tilkin and KATU.com producer John Tierney contributed to this report