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Oregon receives three years' probation

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The Oregon football program was placed on three years' probation and was stripped of one scholarship for two seasons because of rules violations in recruiting but avoided a bowl ban in a decision announced Thursday by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Former coach Chip Kelly was given an 18-month show cause order and can't work again in college football until Dec. 25, 2014. Kelly left the program in January to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The show-cause order requires a school to prove why a coach should be employed, which effectively prevents hiring.

The NCAA ruled that Oregon failed to monitor the program. The school self-reported violations as a result of payments made to recruiting services, in particular $25,000 to Willie Lyles and Complete Scouting Services in 2011. Lyles was tied to an Oregon recruit.

The penalties listed by the Division I Committee on Infractions included:

-- Public reprimand and censure.

-- Three years of probation from June 26, 2013 through June 25, 2016.

-- An 18-month show cause order for the former head coach. The public report contains further details.

-- A one-year show-cause order for former assistant director of operations Josh Gibson.

-- A reduction of initial football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (25) during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (imposed by the university).

-- A reduction of total football scholarships by one from the maximum allowed (85) during the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years (imposed by the university).

-- A reduction of official paid football visits to from 56 to 37 for the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

-- A reduction of permissible football evaluation days from 42 to 36 in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and permissible football evaluation days from 168 to 144 in the spring of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

-- A ban on the subscription to recruiting services during the probation period.

-- A disassociation of the recruiting service provider, Will Lyles.

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