Ducks Receive Inquiry From NCAA

EUGENE – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) contacted the University of Oregon by phone earlier this week to inform the school they are reviewing details surrounding its use of football scouting services that initially surfaced in March, according to the Ducks' Director of Athletics Rob Mullens Saturday.

The telephone call containing the Notice of Inquiry, which was placed to University President Richard Lariviere, is the normal step of progression in the process that occurs when the NCAA tries to determine whether a potential violation may have been committed by a member institution.

No other information was provided other than to formally notify Oregon that an inquiry was underway.

"This notice has been anticipated and is simply the next stage of the process," Mullens said. "The University of Oregon football program, from Head Coach Chip Kelly through the entire organization, has tremendous respect for the NCAA's important role in monitoring collegiate athletics and, to this end, continues to fully cooperate with the NCAA ‘s ongoing examination.

"The Athletic Department, Coach Kelly and the entire staff remain committed to operating the athletics program consistent with the highest standards and ensuring our program follows best practices."

Mullens reiterated that in addition to pledging full cooperation with the NCAA, the University has retained outside counsel (Bond, Schoeneck and King) to conduct an independent assessment of the football program's use of outside recruiting services. Once completed, that report will be made public.

"As with any NCAA inquiry, our full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing any specifics on this matter," Mullens added.

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