UPDATE: Chip Kelly Will (NOT) Answer Questions About Recruiting Violations at His Press Conference Today

Today, Chip Kelly will meet with the media for first time as the active coach of the Eagles (by that I mean: he’ll be coaching actual players today), and some of the first questions he’ll have to answer… will be about recruiting violations at Oregon.

A report released late last night by the Oregonian details “major” violations during Kelly’s tenure as head coach in which the football program improperly used oral reports from a recruiting and scouting service:

The University of Oregon has agreed that its football coaches committed at least one major violation related to the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into the Ducks’ recruiting practices from 2008 to 2011. As a result, the university has proposed to self-impose a two-year probation for the football program and a reduction of one scholarship for each of the next three seasons.

The school and NCAA both agree that the violations were “major,” though, when it comes to the NCAA, that is a very relative term. Most seem to center on a talent scout, Willie Lyles, who provided the Ducks with oral reports when he was only permitted to provide written reports..

Oregon and the NCAA disagree on the severity of “Finding No. 2” in the summary disposition. As regulated by NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3, a recruiting service such as Lyles’ Complete Scouting Services is required to provide subscribers — in this case, Oregon — with written quarterly updates. UO agreed in summary disposition with the NCAA that it improperly used three recruiting or scouting services, Elite Scouting Services, New Level Athletics and Complete Scouting Services between 2008-2010 by accepting oral reports on players when only written reports and videos are permitted.

The implication is that Lyles, who received $25,000 from the school for his scouting, may have persuaded high school players, with whom he had relationships, to attend Oregon.

With all this coming out now (though it was certainly known about while Kelly was still at Oregon), it makes you wonder if Kelly’s vacillating between coaching and not coaching in the NFL had anything to do with him knowing that this sort of thing was coming.

Given what happened yesterday, all of this nonsensical NCAA stuff seems trivial, at best. These aren’t crimes, they’re not massive breaches of the public trust– they’re infractions of a silly system that, by its very nature, leads to a circumvention of the rules. It all seems… stupid. But Kelly will probably spend his first press conference talking about it.

UPDATE: That was quick– Kelly already released a statement saying that he won’t be talking about it further. This, of course, should be a challenge to Eagles writers. Let’s see who has the balls to challenge the new coach today.

The statement via Eliot Shorr-Parks:

“I am aware of recent reports and of ongoing investigation being conducted by NCAA and the University of Oregon. I know we were fully cooperative with all aspects of investigation and I will continue to contribute in any way that I can. But until the NCAA rules on the matter, I will have no further comment.”

Eagles PR machine getting good.

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20 Responses

  1. i always thought it was peculiar that he said he was staying kaput in oregon and then he suddenly made the leap to the NFL. there was speculation then that recruiting violations had taken place and that oregon was in line for some punishment. sounds like the chipper jumped ship knowing the ship would sink.

    1. You’re not alone in that line of thought. From the day Kelly reversed field and decided to take the Eagles job, I thought that was because the NCAA was about to drop the hammer down on Oregon and he wanted to escape what might turn into a sinking ship. If that WASN’T the case, why refuse to answer questions about the program he fled? Something tells me Chip’s honeymoon with the media is about to come to an abrupt end.

      1. yep. even worse is he gets to start all over again in a nice, plush NFL job while the hammer will be dropped on the university, the players, and the recruits.

  2. really? who cares? every facet of American business is corrupt – everyone cheats – if you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t competin

  3. Wow, too bad other schools don’t hold themselves to a higher standard like PSU…..oh….um….. never mind. Can’t use that one anymore.

  4. Just win a Super Bowl and no one will gives two fucks about what happened. For Christ sake its Oregon. Who really gives a shit?

      1. Hey pal I got a boner to pick with you. What the fuck is your problem? You think you can fill Andy Reid’s shoes just because you think you have big balls? Well guess what, jack, you have small balls. Your ball pouch isn’t even big enough to hold a sesame seed you fucking gap toothed Oregon loving faggot. I hope Bynum sticks a machete up your cunt and blasts your kneecaps out the back of your legs like you deserve for never winning Oregon a national title. Any success you have is fraudulent and was paved by what Reid and Morningwheg did you dickless talentless duck fucking cum catcher. Fuck yourself and everyone who looks like yoi

  5. I give less than a shit about Chip Kelley and his disgusting behavior. This man is a fucking pile of horse shit wrapped in an soiled, aids riddled jock strap. I fucked his mother 12 times, the last of which i injected her so full of my warm, sticky, dove white semen, that she almost tried to chop my 148 inch erection off and keep it as a dildo. Too bad the only thing I gave that cunt was a case of the clap. But I did name my cock chip kelly, so she can say she let her son stick his rigid, blistering, bulbous, red penis in and out of her cunt. She was much better than RHEA HUGHES, who is more useful for smashing in the head with a stillson wrench. Fuck chip Kelley. I hope he gets a hold of some poisoned chewing tobacco and he gets gum cancer and fuckin dies. That fucking pile of trash. Fuck all you faggots. CLINTON2016!!!!!!

      1. Yea that God we have all those Reid leftovers. They’re really stepped it up the past couple years. Beat it nerd

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