Will Recruiting be Affected by Yesterday’s Announcement?


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Everyone has been making a big deal of this whole NCAA investigation.  The Ducks likely will lose a few scholarships, but Husky fans claim the imminent doom of our football program, and television announcers throw in a blurb during every Duck game, making it seem like not a kid in the country wants to go to a school under scrutiny.

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Producing NFL talent like Dion Jordan will lock student athletes’ eyes on Oregon.

Let me be the first, or the most recent – I don’t really care – to say Oregon will be FINE!  No bowl ban seems likely from yesterday’s documents and at most five scholarships will be deducted, though I think the lucky number will be three.  From the standpoint of our coaches, who are already stingy to dish out offers and always have scholarships in hand, this is a minor blip in the Ducks’ mission for college football dominance.

Kevin Cline

Gear like this never hurts in the eyes of a recruit.

No, it is never a good thing to be highlighted in the media for bad practice, cheating or any combination of the sort, but let’s be real for a minute.  The Ducks did nothing close to Miami, Ohio State or North Carolina.  The Ducks will go to another bowl game this year and reel in another top-20 class, and there is really no way around it.  Even if the Ducks do get a bowl ban, no one said we can’t buy our team championship rings at the end of the season.

The point is, recruiting will truck on even if the Ducks get the most severe punishment — a bowl ban — for their actions.  With such a unique culture, and a resumé to boot, my projected three scholarship reduction will do nothing to impede Oregon’s run.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber

  • P

    I read a report saying the ducks have suggested they receive a two year bowl ban similar to that self imposed penalty ohio state went through. Is this erroneous?

    • Brandon Gruber

      No. They imposed a two year probation. It’s not a bowl ban, it’s the same as getting put on probation in real life: if you screw up again within the two years you are a repeat offender.

  • maddogsfavsnpiks

    The minor scholarship reduction (5 over a period of 3 years) finely feathered quackers proposed was rejected by the NCAA committee which disagreed with the donald about the severity of the infractions… While it doesn’t seem likely the punishment, whatever it is determined to be, will be overly severe, it seems certain it will be more restrictive that a 2-yr probation plus a loss of 5 scholies, and my guess is that is because this is the second major infraction incident within a 5 yr period (JJ Arrington in ’04 and the Lyles issues beginning in or before ’09)… While Duck reps argued the more recent problems stemmed from unclear regulations, the NCAA agreed the problem was not lack of institutional control or purposeful unethical behavior, but rather a failure to monitor, and stated that ignorance of the law is no excuse… Apparently, since a negotiated settlement has failed, the NCAA will make up it’s mind on it’s own regarding the severity of the punishment. Either way, it seems a few ruffled feathers will be plucked. WTPluck !