Oregon NCAA Punishments Should Be Revealed Soon
By John Baker
Based on a ruling by the NCAA Committee on Infractions against Mississippi State on Monday, it's likely the Oregon football program and new coach Mark Helfrich are going to find out what the future holds very, very soon.
The Ducks stand before the committee thanks to questions about the use of recruiting services. Oregon and the NCAA failed in an attempt at reaching a summary disposition last year, but Oregon did agree that the case carried "major" issues and proposed self-imposed penalties of two years probation, loss of one scholarship a year for three years and other restrictions on contact with recruits.
Oregon appeared before the Committee on April 19, the same day Mississippi State appeared. With the Bulldogs getting their fanny spanked to the tune of two years' probation, a loss of four total scholarships, a reduction in recruiting visits and a "show cause" order on former assistant coach Angelo Mirando, it's not hard to see where Oregon may land when the NCAA comes calling.
According to the NCAA, the penalties levied against Mississippi State weren't more severe due to the university's cooperation in the case. Oregon has been cooperative as well, despite not being able to come to terms on the language for the summary disposition.
The big question is when? According to multiple sources it could be any time this week.
The outcome? Very likely along the lines of Mississippi State's penalties, though the NCAA is virtually unpredictable in these cases.
The good news: Helfrich and the Ducks will at last know where they stand. The investigation will be over and the focus on football can resume.