The NCAA handed down sanctions against the University of Oregon Ducks football team. The program is on probation for three years and they'll lose some other privileges, but remains bowl eligible.
The university must surrender two recruiting scholarships over the next two seasons, and they cannot use any recruiting service during the probation period through 2016. Recruiting trips have been cut from 56 to 37 through the 2014-15 academic years with evaluation days also being reduced.
"As we have stated from the beginning, we are fully committed to operating within NCAA Bylaws and accept responsibility for any violations committed by current or former members of our staff," said Athletic Director Rob Mullens.
He added that the violations committed were unintentional. The University Of Oregon maintained that it has done nothing wrong throughout the investigation that looked into payments made to recruiting services, including $25,000 to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2011. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit. An investigation took over two years.
The NCAA says both the former head football coach, Chip Kelly, and the university agreed that they failed to monitor the football program. If Kelly, now an NFL coach wants to return to the college level, he must make a show cause appearance.