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Oregon Ducks' 27-month NCAA saga ends with wrist-slap sanctions

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The NCAA punished former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, but not the players who didn't do anything wrong.

The NCAA punished former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, but not the players who didn't do anything wrong.

Maybe that's why the committee accepted at face value the absurd notion that Lyles was a "recruiting service provider." If NCAA penalties are supposed to deter others from committing the same crimes, Wednesday's announcement will do nothing to scare off other coaching staffs from paying middlemen to attain access to potential recruits. Perhaps a current college head coach will look at Kelly's show-cause penalty and start paying closer attention to his staff's activities. Or perhaps that coach will call his agent to begin securing an NFL parachute.