Legislation may hold fleeing coaches accountable for NCAA violations

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly takes a reporter's question during the Fiesta Bowl coach's press conference at the J.R. Marriott Camelback resort, one day before facing Bill Snyder and his Kansas State Wildcats. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly takes a reporter's question during the Fiesta Bowl coach's press conference at the J.R. Marriott Camelback resort, one day before facing Bill Snyder and his Kansas State Wildcats. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Posted by Turner Maxwell on Wednesday, May. 1 at 12:57 pm.

A new bill that was presented by Representative Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) will force coaches to be responsible for their actions when they were employed.

The proposed bill will hold college coaches responsible for breaking NCAA sanctions when they decide to leave before facing NCAA discipline. Currently, the University of Oregon, players and fans will be left with the outcomes of any penalties enforced by the NCAA while former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly recently left for the NFL.

The summary of Legislative Concept 3524:

“Provides that coach at public university who intentionally or recklessly commits or causes to be committed major violation of rules of National Collegiate Athletic Association is liable for university’s actual damages and attorney fees. Applies to major violations committed before, on or after effective date. Declares emergency, effective on passage.”

More information to come.