The University of Oregon offered 2 years of probation and the loss of a scholarship per year for 3 years but the NCAA has rejected their proposal. They supposedly haven’t accused Oregon of a lack of institutional control.
“Over the last few years the Committee on Infractions has been predictably unpredictable in terms of their decisions in these cases,” said Michael Buckner, via KVAL.
Michael Buckner is a lawyer out of Florida who specializes in representing universities before the NCAA. Recently he represented the University of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith.
“They’re really taking each case on a case by case basis,” Buckner said. “Because they decided to hear the case instead of allowing it to be submitted through Summary Disposition, we really don’t know exactly what’s happening. The committee could use this decision as a means to send a message out to the rest of the NCAA membership.”
So what kind of punishment can Oregon expect? Buckner predicts 3 years probation and scholarship reductions. But the bowl ban still raises question marks.
“The bowl ban would be on the table if the Committee on Infractions determines there were ineligible student athletes who participated on behalf of Oregon in a Bowl game when they were ineligible,” he said.
“The committee could be trying to send a message to the rest of the Division 1 membership, because recruiting services are becoming more and more important as the years go by, and the NCAA is finding it’s going to have more and more violations related to recruiting services, so the committee could be using this as a test case,” he said.