HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The NCAA has sanctioned the University of Oregon's athletic department after it a recruiting service provider hired by the school became a "representative of university's athletics interests," according to a statement released Wednesday.
The sanctions, many of which were self imposed, according to the statement, include three years of probation and a reduction in available scholarships for the football program. It also prohibits the school from using a recruiting service.
The statement says the that the representative hired by the school for recruiting "provided cash and free lodging to a prospect and engaged in impermissible calls and off-campus contacts with football prospects, their families and high school coaches."
The statement also says that "the football program allowed staff members to engage in recruiting activity, which resulted in the football program exceeding coaching limits. Both the former head football coach and the university agreed they failed to monitor the football program."
The following is a full list of the sanctions against Oregon, according to the NCAA:
- Public reprimand and censure.
- Three years of probation from June 26, 2013 through June 25, 2016.
- An 18-month show cause order for the former head coach. The public report contains further details.
- A one-year show-cause order for the former assistant director of operations. The public report contains further details.
- A reduction of initial football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (25) during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (imposed by the university).
- A reduction of total football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (85) during the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years (imposed by the university).
- A reduction of official paid football visits to from 56 to 37 for the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
- A reduction of permissible football evaluation days from 42 to 36 in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and permissible football evaluation days from 168 to 144 in the spring of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- A ban on the subscription to recruiting services during the probation period.
- A disassociation of the recruiting service provider. Details of the disassociation are included in the public report (imposed by the university).
We'll have more on the sanctions against Oregon tonight on Hawaii News Now at 6:00 p.m.