The Ducks are in hot water. The NCAA has alleged that the Oregon football, track and field, and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams committed rules infractions, some dating as far back as 2013.
The notice, which was received by the University on Monday, includes the following allegations:
- In March 2016 an adjunct professor in the anthropology department “knowingly arranged for fraudulent academic credit or false transcripts” for a member of the women’s track and field team. Specifically, the professor changed the student’s grade from an F to a B-minus to ensure the student remained academically eligible to participate in athletics.
- Multiple allegations state that during varying periods from 2013 to 2017 both the men’s and women’s basketball programs “exceeded the numerical limitation of four basketball coaches” by allowing members of the staff to participate in on-court basketball activities.
- That coach Dana Altman was fully responsible for the previously stated violations by the men’s basketball program, and that Altman “did not demonstrate that he promoted an atmosphere for compliance and monitored his staff within the program due to his personal knowledge of and/or involvement in the violations”
- That coach Kelly Graves was fully responsible for the previously stated violations by the women’s basketball program, and that Graves “did not demonstrate that he promoted an atmosphere for compliance and monitored his staff within the program due to his personal knowledge of and/or involvement in the violations”
- From August to November 2016 the football program “arranged personalized recruiting aids for 36 football prospective student-athletes during unofficial and official paid visits. Specifically, the football program created an electronic presentation that included each prospective student-athlete's name, physical attributes and high school highlight video and displayed it on a video board located in the football performance center."
The NCAA violation structure has four levels, with Level I being a “severe breach of conduct” and Level IV being “incidental issues.” All of the allegations levied against Oregon are considered Level II violations.
A Level II violation is considered a “significant breach of conduct.” According to the NCAA, Level II is described as “violations that provide or are intended to provide more than a minimal but less than a substantial or extensive recruiting, competitive or other advantage; includes more than a minimal but less than a substantial or extensive impermissible benefit; or involves conduct that may compromise the integrity of the NCAA collegiate model as set forth in the Constitution and bylaws.”
The University, which self reported all the infractions, has acknowledged the infractions took place, but doesn’t agree with the level of infraction to which the NCAA enforcement staff assigned.
“Coach Altman and coach Graves are committed to compliance with NCAA bylaws, they have the highest ethical standards on and off the court, and each acknowledges the infractions that took place within their programs,” said UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens. “In both cases, our monitoring program identified the issues and they were reported to the NCAA. We have addressed the matters with the responsible employees and enhanced compliance training within the department. These cases do not merit the level of charges against the coaches sought by the NCAA.”