Oregon avoids bowl ban, hit with limited scholarship reductions in NCAA sanctions

Wednesday June 26th, 2013

Chip Kelly's recruiting methods have put Oregon on probation for three years. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Chip Kelly was hit with an 18-month show-clause as part of NCAA sanctions. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The NCAA levied penalties against the Oregon University football program on Wednesday following a two-plus year investigation into the program's recruiting practices, but the Ducks avoided heavy sanctions. Oregon was not hit with a bowl ban and will be eligible for the postseason this fall. Former head coach Chip Kelly, who left Oregon to coach the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, received an 18-month show-cause penalty for using a recruiting service operator to assist in Oregon's recruiting efforts.

The Division I Committee on Infractions found that Kelly and Oregon exceeded their limits of contacting prospective players. Oregon will be placed on probation until 2016 with a minimal reduction of football scholarships -- it can offer one fewer scholarship in each of the next two seasons and can roster one fewer scholarship player in each of the next three seasons -- and restrictions on official football visits and official football evaluation days.

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