The NCAA has been investigating the Oregon Ducks football team and it looks like they could soon be ready to announce the sanctions. There is a rumor making the rounds that the Ducks will be under five-years of probation because of the sanctions, but they avoided the devastating bowl ban.
Here are the sanctions according to the rumor making the rounds from Duck Stops Here:
A decision has been reached in the NCAA’s investigation of Will Lyles and the Oregon coaches, and Oregon fans are going to like the result. Official statements should be in a few weeks or less. Until then, everything is off the record, and the Athletic Department can’t comment publicly. The NCAA never comments on pending investigations.
The Ducks will lose one or two scholarships for three years, have some restrictions on recruiting and be placed on probation for five years.
They’ll avoid the hammer, penalties like a bowl ban, rescinded titles or vacated wins. Those “looming sanctions” will no longer loom so ominously.
If this is the only punishment the Ducks program receives, it is likely that the NCAA did them a favor because of their open cooperation.
There may be some college football fans unhappy with Oregon’s punishment if the rumor is true, but this just goes to show what can happen if you own up to the violations, openly admit them and cooperate with the NCAA as they investigate the program.