A long drive to Pullman today and some hoops writing, so I wasn't able to post any of the stuff on Oregon that came out this afternoon.
From Ken Goe's story in the Oregonian.
A NCAA investigation into the Oregon football program has come to a preliminary conclusion that the Ducks broke rules in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 according to documents released by the school on Friday.
The NCAA investigation and a parallel investigation being conducted at the school's behest by the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King are continuing.
The NCAA's proposed findings of violations are not a Notice of Allegations, a formal procedural step that would indicate the NCAA is ready to make a case. A UO spokesman said the school has not received a formal Notice of Allegations.The violations stem from the use of recruiting services - including one represented by Willie Lyles, and also exceeding the limit of coaches to recruit for the program.
From Rob Moseley's story in the Register Guard ...
The most detailed allegation released Friday relates to improper contact with scouting services. Between 2008 and 2011, the Ducks paid a total of $45,245 to three different scouting services that submitted oral rather than written reports, in violation of NCAA regulations.
The Ducks paid $6,500 in 2008 and $10,000 in 2009 to Elite Scouting Services, which employed Lyles. Another ESS representative, Charles Fishbein, also submitted oral reports.
In 2009, the Ducks also paid New Level Athletics, headed by scout Baron Flenory, a total of $3,745 and received oral reports.
And in 2010, Oregon paid $25,000 to Lyles’ Complete Scouting Services. The Ducks received oral reports from Lyles — and also did not receive scouting information from him at least four times during the calendar year, as the NCAA requires of legitimate services.
Of the four contracts with scouting services noted in the proposed findings, three had been in effect since Chip Kelly became Oregon’s head coach in 2009.Could the Ducks get slapped with the "lack of institutional control" violation by the NCAA? No one is sure. But the violation of "failure to monitor recruiting practices," is not a good charge.
ESPN's Ted Miller isn't sure what's going to happen to Oregon in terms of penalties. Could they get slapped like USC? Or patted like Ohio State?
The Oregonian has a very comprehensive timeline of all the issues.
At the combine ....
Here's a video of Chris Polk highlights
Senio Kelemete didn't have a great showing in the bench press
My buddy Eric Williams got to see at the combine what we saw at the Alamo Bowl press conference - Robert Griffin III's presence and charisma. RG3 had everyone talking after that.
Other news ...
The NCAA changed the kickoff rules to be similar to the NFL with kickers kicking off from the 35 instead of the 30. That means more touchbacks and less of De'Anthony Thomas returning kicks which is good for all the Pac-12 teams. If you do get a touchback though, you will get the ball at the 25. That will take some getting used to.
the fantastic blog Pre-Snap Read has some analysis of it.
Stanford opens spring practice on Monday and Jon Wilner has notes and tidbits from David Shaw's pre-spring training press conference.
Here's some audio of Mike Leach talking with Bud Nameck.
ASU head coach Todd Graham is trying to seek a connection with the community -- for at least a year. ASU and Arizona are trying to change and improve their perception and relationships in local recruiting.
Pete Carroll put a stop to it during his tenure, but under Lane Kiffin USC football players are competing in track and field. Former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin has been hired by Kiffin to be receivers coach. Martin worked for Kiffin at Tennessee and even had a few harsh words when he left for USC.