After a more than two-year investigation into the University of Oregon's recruiting practices, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions (COI) will release its findings on Wednesday morning, reports CollegeFootballTalk.
The university has been scrutinized for alleged improprieties over the past three years related to its relationship with so-called recruiting services such as Complete Scouting Services, run by "street agent" Willie Lyles.
From the CollegeFootballTalk report:
In late February of 2010, Oregon purchased for $25,000 from Lyles’ scouting service what was described as a '2011 National Package' that detailed recruits from several states. One of the biggest problems with that? The package for 2011 purchased by UO contained zero recruits that would make up the following year’s recruiting class. Instead, the vast majority of players highlighted in the 143-page book UO received from Lyles contained data on members of the 2009 recruiting class.The COI report will include proposed penalties which Oregon can either accept or appeal.
In the midst of rumors that Lyles had steered recruits such as Lache Seastrunk to the Ducks — and that he was paid handsomely for said steering (allegedly) — the man at the center of the controversy claimed in July of 2011 that UO 'paid for what they saw as my access and influence with recruits. The service I provided went beyond what a scouting service should … I made a mistake and I’m big enough of a man to admit I was wrong.'