Released emails shed light on NCAA investigation into Oregon football program

Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly and athletic director Rob Mullens, reportedly met with the NCAA committee last month. The NCAA has been investigating the Oregon Football program's relationship with certain scouting services. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

Posted by Troy Brynelson on Thursday, May. 23 at 8:24 pm.

Emails released Wednesday — available here (PDF) — reveal University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson was summoned to Indiana three months ago to attend a hearing with the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

The NCAA has been investigating the relationship between Oregon’s football program and certain scouting services, namely those of Willie Lyles, since March 2011.

The Notice of Allegations, sent to him on Dec. 5, 2012, rejected the UO’s pitch to punish itself for possible recruiting violations, which was expressed in a summary disposition delivered last fall. The committee stated the UO’s disposition “does not appear appropriate” in this situation and invited Gottfredson, along with unnamed UO officials, to a hearing on Feb. 23, 2013.

It is unclear whether the meeting took place. But some UO officials, including former head coach Chip Kelly and athletic director Rob Mullens, reportedly met with the NCAA committee last month.

In the documents, the NCAA states UO officials “should understand that all the alleged violations set forth in the document attached to this letter are considered to be potential major violations of NCAA legislation, unless designated as secondary.” Though none of the seven violations in the document are listed as secondary, they do closely resemble the allegations reported after last month’s meeting.

Expectations are that a final ruling will be issued before the start of the 2013 season.