It’s a Slap on the Wrist!!!


Chip Kelly can’t coach college ball for the next year and a half.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI) has finally ruled on the Oregon recruiting case and after more than two years of holding their collective breath, Duck fans can breathe a sigh of relief.  Penalties imposed by the COI include three years probation; a loss of one new football scholarship for 2012/13 and 2013/14; a reduction in total football scholarships from 85 to 84 for the next three years; and reductions in paid visits and permissable football evaluation days over the next three years.

In addition, Coach Kelly can’t coach college ball for the next year and a half; Oregon has to sever ties with Willie Lyles and the Ducks can’t use recruiting services during the probation period. The bottom line is that the most severe penalty — having to live with the potential hammer over the head for two recruiting seasons — has already been served.

(Photo courtesy of Amazing Moments)

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Mike Merrell

Mike Merrell

Mike (Editor-in-Chief) is a 1970 graduate of the University of Oregon where he attended the Honors College and received all-conference honors as a swimmer. After college, Mike ran for the Oregon Track Club and narrowly missed qualifying for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon. He continues his involvement in sports with near-daily swimming or running workouts, occasional masters swim competition (where he has received two Top-10 World rankings), providing volunteer coaching to local triathletes and helping out with Mike lives on 28 acres in the forest near Sandpoint, Idaho, where he has served as a certified public accountant for most of his working career. His current night job is writing novels about Abby Westminster, the only known illegitimate daughter of Britain's finest secret agent who has to bring down arch-villains plotting dastardly deeds. And, yes, Abby is also a DUCK!

  • here’s a representative view from Columbus:

    Yesterday, the Oregon football program, and the world, learned of the penalties the Ducks face as a result of paying street agent Willie Lyles 25-large for his access and influence with blue chips recruits, under the guise of payment for bogus recruiting services, and the majority of unbiased observers consider the sanctions to be nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

    From my slightly-biased chair in the basement of 11W headquarters, I’d say the penalties more closely resemble a playful noogie for sneaking into the Chunky Chips Ahoy before dinner.

    whole piece is worth a read, but the close is something all can agree on:

    On the bright side, I guess, even for the most fickle college football fan, at least this time kids who had nothing to do with the situation weren’t penalized.