Ducks get 3 years probation; still bowl eligible

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Oregon coach Chip Kelly leads his players during NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in Phoenix. Oregon is scheduled to play Auburn in the BCS Championship on Monday, Jan. 10, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 7:07 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The NCAA sanctions against the University of Oregon football team will keep the Ducks bowl eligible.

The team was placed on three years probation through June 2016 as the NCAA wrote that "Both the former head football coach and the university agreed they failed to monitor the football program."

The school also must give up a recruiting scholarship up in 2013 and 2014.

Background: Oregon releases more docs in NCAA probe

They cannot use recruiting services during the probation period, specifically Willie Lyles. Recruiting trips have been reduced from 56 to 37 through the 2014-15 academic years. Football evaluation days were also reduced through 2016.

If Chip Kelly wants a job as an NCAA coach, he must make a "show-cause" appearance before the NCAA.

Athletic director Rob Mullens was circumspect in a prepared statement released after the sanctions were announced.

“Throughout this process, there has been speculation and innuendo regarding the nature and severity of potential violations, much of which was unfounded.  As stated by the NCAA Enforcement Staff, the violations committed in this case were unintentional.

“The University of Oregon remains committed to fair play, integrity and the best interests of our student-athletes.  We have all learned from this experience and look forward to continuing the progress of broad-based excellence in Oregon athletics.”

He said many of the penalties set forth by the NCAA came at the suggestion of the school.

 “The University of Oregon takes compliance with both the letter and the spirit of NCAA regulations very seriously,” said University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson. “Integrity is paramount at Oregon, both in academics and athletics. We cooperated fully with the investigation, and I will continue to emphasize our commitment to compliance in Oregon athletics.”

The NCAA had been looking into payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2011. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.

Documents showed Oregon paid Lyles in 2010, a month after Oregon received a letter of intent from Texas running back Lace Seastrunk. Lyles had a mentoring relationship with Seastrunk, who transferred this fall to Baylor.

More: Scout tells website Oregon coach OK'd pay

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported that Lyles' role as mentor to prospects and paid contractor to Oregon is believed to be central to the NCAA's investigation.

Lyles said former coach Chip Kelly asked him to send retroactive profiles of prospects to justify the $25,000 payment to Complete Scouting Services. Lyles said Kelly was "scrambling" when he made the request because the transaction was about to be revealed in a March 3 Yahoo! Sports report.

The University Of Oregon maintained throughout the investigation process that it has done nothing wrong.

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