By Thayer Evans
April 24, 2013

Oregon appeared last Friday in Dallas before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions regarding Houston-based scout Will Lyles, per a source. Former Ducks coach Chip Kelly attended the hearing and maintained that Lyles' scouting service was used "the same way other schools do," the source said.

The committee is expected to issue its decision on sanctions in the next 60-90 days. That means potential penalties could go into effect for the upcoming season.

Last week, it came to light that Oregon and the NCAA agreed the school had committed "major" violations within its recruiting practices. The Ducks have been the subject of an ongoing NCAA investigation, and a draft of the summary disposition report obtained by Portland, Ore., TV station KATU detailed that Lyles' service, Complete Scouting Services, gave Oregon a "meaningful recruiting advantage" by supplying the program with background information on prospective targets.

Per the document, Oregon paid at least $35,000 for improper recruiting services, including $25,000 to Lyles and Complete Scouting Services.

The school could face penalty under the NCAA's repeat violators clause; Oregon's last major infraction took place in 2004, within five years of the first of its reported violations.

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