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Pac-12 football: Oregon faces questions on recruiting probe

July 26, 2011 | 10:08 am

Chip-kelly_275 Coming off an appearance in the national championship game, most of the questions during Oregon’s turn at Pac 12 Football Media Day did not address play on the field. Instead, Oregon Coach Chip Kelly faced question after question concerning the NCAA investigation into Oregon’s relationship with high school football scout Will Lyles.

“I’d love to answer all the questions to be honest,” Kelly said. “There are a lot of misconceptions.”

Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens released a statement addressing the investigation before Kelly faced reporters.

“The University of Oregon is committed to holding itself and the individuals associated with the University accountable to the highest standards,” the statement read. “As part of the University’s commitment to accountability, we want to reiterate that the institution takes this matter very seriously and remains dedicated to an open and transparent approach with the NCAA.”

The statement continued to say Oregon hired an outside law firm to make an “independent assessment” of the football program.


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-- Douglas Farmer

Photo: Chip Kelly. Credit: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press