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Topic - Willie Lyles
The NCAA stripped Oregon of a scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed the program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties like a bowl ban despite issuing a show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly, who apologized to the school, its fans and it players.
The NCAA also reduced Oregon's official paid visits from 56 to 37 for the next three academic years, reduced its evaluation days for each of the next three seasons and banned the program from using recruiting services during the probation period.
Oregon will lose one scholarship each of the next three seasons and was placed on probation for three years for recruiting violations under former coach Chip Kelly, but avoided a bowl ban under NCAA sanctions issued on Wednesday.
The University of Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA violations in connection with football recruiting and proposed a self-imposed two-year probation with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years, according to documents released by the school.
Transparency has been the pledge of Penn State President Rodney Erickson in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, from a universitywide email Nov. 10 to last week's on-campus town hall meeting.
Former Tennessee assistant Willie Mack Garza paid for a top recruit and his mother to fly to Knoxville for an unofficial recruiting trip during Lane Kiffin's tenure at the school, Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night.
Now that LSU has proved it can overcome off-the-field distractions and win impressively enough to climb to the top of the rankings, the Tigers have to see how they'll handle success.
Oregon has received formal notice of the NCAA investigation into its program's use of recruiting services.
The showcase matchup of college football's opening weekend _ No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU _ offers some of the best things college football has to offer, a high-stakes battle of teams loaded with speedy players from marquee conferences, distinctive mascots and whatever you might think of Oregon's latest uniform color scheme.
Come Saturday when LSU faces Oregon on a national stage, the teams finally get to push aside the offseason tumult that has rocked both programs.
Former Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk is transferring to Baylor.
Lache Seastrunk, the running back connected to the probe into Oregon's use of Texas-based prep scouting service, has been granted his unconditional release by the No. 3 Ducks.
The last two times the BCS national championship game was played in New Orleans, LSU won it.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly refuses to discuss the Ducks' use of Texas-based recruiting service until the school and the NCAA finish an extensive review of the program's dealings with the service's owner.
Chip Kelly had several months to prepare for the questions he finally faced at Pac-12 media day. The Oregon coach claimed he's eager to explain every aspect of the Ducks' dealings with a Texas-based recruiting service.
"I wanted to make sure Lache would be fine, this isn't about him," Lyles said. "It's the NCAA's rules and the schools not following them. During our meeting it became clear the NCAA already had knowledge of what was going on at Tennessee."
He said NCAA investigators were examining Tennessee's recruiting practices.