Ducks Contact Pac-10 Over Services

The University of Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens said today that the school has contacted the Pacific-10 Conference on Friday morning regarding scouting services that specialize in the identification of potential student-athletes.

The athletic department has since then bee asked by the NCAA to provide documents related to the purchase of services of scouting services by the Oregon football program.

In a media release issued on Friday afternoon, Mullens indicated that the athletic department first call the conference office on Friday morning and the NCAA contacted the Oregon compliance office to request documents later on Friday.

"We have been asked to provide a series of documents by the NCAA and intend to fully cooperate," Mullens said. "I reiterate that it is our belief that the purchase of such services is within the allowable NCAA guidelines."

According to the release, NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3 states that an "institution may subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes, provided the institution does not purchase more than one annual subscription to a particular service and the service: (Adopted: 1/1/02, Revised: 1/16/10)

(a) Is made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate for all subscribers;

(b) Publicly identifies all applicable rates;

(c) Disseminates information (e.g., reports, profiles) about prospective student-athletes at least four times per calendar year;

(d) Publicly identifies the geographical scope of the service (e.g., local, regional, national) and reflects broad-based coverage of the geographical area in the information it disseminates;

(e) Provides individual analysis beyond demographic information or rankings for each prospective student-athlete in the information it disseminates; (Revised: 4/13/10)

(f) Provides access to samples or previews of the information it disseminates before purchase of a subscription; and

(g) Provides video that is restricted to regularly scheduled (regular-season) high school, preparatory school or two-year college contests and for which the institution made no prior arrangements for recording. (Note: This provision is applicable only if the subscription includes video services.)

The actions appear to be taken in response to stories circulating that the Ducks employed at least two scouting services and have paid out over $25,000 for subscription fees to those services.

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