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Oregon Dodges Bowl Ban in NCAA Probe of Recruiting Violation

Former University of Oregon Coach Chip Kelly, now head coach of the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles, and the school failed to monitor the football program, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said in a release today. Photographer: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Former University of Oregon Coach Chip Kelly, now head coach of the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles, and the school failed to monitor the football program, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said in a release today. Photographer: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

June 26 (Bloomberg) -- The University of Oregon escaped a bowl ban and other major penalties in a National Collegiate Athletic Association probe of football recruiting violations.

The NCAA said in a release today that former coach Chip Kelly and the school failed to monitor the football program, which had become one of the strongest in the nation.

Kelly, who has left Oregon for the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles, was given an 18-month show-cause window that would affect any effort he made to return to the college ranks. The Ducks also lost some football scholarships through the 2015-16 academic year and were placed on probation for three years.

Oregon finished the 2012 season 12-1 after beating Kansas State 35-17 in the Fiesta Bowl and was ranked No. 2 behind Alabama in the Associated Press and USA Today polls.

The No. 2 AP ranking marked the fourth Top 5 finish in Oregon history. The Ducks have been ranked in 60 straight AP Top 25 polls, including the last 28 in the top 10.

The NCAA said Oregon used a recruiting service provider, who worked as a representative of the school’s athletic department to help the Ducks bring in several prospects.

The representative provided cash and gave free lodging to a prospect, and engaged in impermissible calls and off-campus contacts with football prospects, their families and high school coaches, according to the NCAA.

After a rule change requiring four reports annually from recruiting/scouting services, the university paid $25,000 for a subscription to the recruiting service but did not receive the necessary reports, according to the NCAA investigation.

To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Wilmington at ceichelberge@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup in New York at msillup@bloomberg.net

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