The University of Oregon is anticipating a meeting with the NCAA’s committee on infractions this spring due to its relationship with prep adviser and recruiter Willie Lyles, according to Yahoo! Sports.
“Sources with knowledge of the Ducks’ discussions” say the school failed to satisfy the NCAA through summary disposition.
Neither the NCAA nor the athletic department has commented on the situation.
Sources said the NCAA disagreed with “various aspects” of Oregon’s defense.
In spring of 2011, Oregon paid Lyles $25,000 for his scouting services, which the Texas-based adviser later said was in exchange for his influence to talented prep recruits.
Lyles later said the school asked him to retroactively submit player profiles, ostensibly to justify the payment. Lyles told Yahoo! that Oregon coach Chip Kelly “scrambled” to ask Lyles “what the best paying services is” and send the school a bill for that amount. Lyles also said Kelly personally approved the $25,000 fee for Lyles’ services.
Freedom of Information requests revealed correspondence between the NCAA and the school in February, however much of the discourse was redacted.
The NCAA has COI hearings scheduled for February, April, June and August in Indianapolis. Sources told Yahoo! they did not know which month Oregon’s hearing will be held.
Update 2:43 p.m. - The NCAA’s decision to send Oregon before the Committee on Infractions comes as no surprise, according to John Infante of AthleticScholarships.net.
Oregon’s is the first high-profile case under the NCAA’s new recruiting and scouting rules. Even if the NCAA and the school did reach an agreement on the language of the case, Infante says the organization wouldn’t pass up the chance to set a precedent under the new rule.
Update 5:13 p.m. - The athletic department has released a statement regarding the situation.
“The review is ongoing until the NCAA Committee on Infractions issues its final report. The integrity of the process and our continued full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing the specifics of this matter.”