Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that Oregon is likely headed toward a hearing with the NCAA committee on infractions after it could not resolve an investigation of the football coaching staff’s use of a scouting service.
Yahoo cited two unidentified sources in a report Wednesday.
The NCAA investigated Oregon after questions arose over a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service. Lyles had a relationship with a player from Texas who committed to Oregon.
In July 2011, Lyles told Yahoo Sports the money was for influencing recruits to attend Oregon.
Earlier this year, Oregon requested a summary disposition in the case. The school presented a report to the infractions committee outlining violations the school thought occurred and appropriate sanctions. But that request was apparently turned down.
The NCAA does not comment on investigations. An email sent to Oregon seeking comment was not immediately returned.
KELLY COACH OF YEAR
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was voted Associated Press coach of the year after leading the Fighting Irish to a spot in the BCS championship game.
No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0) will play No. 2 Alabama for the national title on Jan. 7 in Miami. The Fighting Irish are playing for the championship for the first time since 1988.
Kelly received 25 votes from the AP college football poll panel. Penn State’s Bill O’Brien was second with 14 votes. Stanford’s David Shaw (four), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin (three), Kansas State’s Bill Snyder (two) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (one) also received votes.
Kelly is the first Notre Dame coach to win the award, which started in 1998.
Stanford coach David Shaw, who has won back-to-back Pacific-12 Conference Coach of the Year honors, agreed to a “long-term contract extension” that will keep him with his alma mater beyond the two years remaining on his deal. … Wendell J. Venerable and Robert A. Wilks, two of the three men accused of assaulting Wisconsin running back Montee Ball this summer, pleaded guilty to battery charges but avoided jail time after being placed in a first-offenders program. … The NCAA announced a three-year extension to stage its Football Championship Subdivision title game at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. … Multiple media outlets are reporting Wisconsin will hire Utah State’s Gary Andersen to replace Bret Bielema as head coach.
today’s college football bowl game
BYU (7-5) vs. San Diego St. (9-3), 5 p.m., San Diego (ESPN)
What’s at stake: BYU looks to continue the domination it enjoyed when the teams were in Western Athletic Conference and then Mountain West Conference. The Cougars have won five straight against the Aztecs. In the overall series, BYU has outscored SDSU an average of 33.5-19.3. BYU left the MWC to go independent in football after 2010 season while the Aztecs will leave for Big East next season.
Key matchup: SDSU sophomore running back Adam Muema, who averaged 6.4 yards per carry in running for 1,355 yards and 16 touchdowns, against BYU defense that limits opponents to 84.3 yards rushing per game. SDSU needs to win the battle up front in order to spring Muema, who earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors and is coming off a 255-yard, four-TD performance in the Aztecs’ win at Wyoming.
Players to watch: For BYU – WR Cody Hoffman had 90 catches for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns, including a school-record five scoring catches in the regular-season finale at New Mexico State. For SDSU – QB Adam Dingwell had a breakout game against Nevada after coming in for injured Ryan Katz, rallying Aztecs to a 39-38 OT win. He has won four starts since.
The pick: San Diego State, 31-28The Associated Press