Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

OR athletic department put on probation

Cary Erickson | 07 December, 2018, 22:08

Both programs failed to monitor the activities of their president of basketball operations, which included participating in team workouts.

The NCAA has imposed two years of probation on OR after finding the school violated rules related to the men's and women's basketball teams and the track and field program.

The two year probation runs from December 5, 2018 through December 4, 2020 and is accompanied by several other penalties including a two-game suspension for the head women's basketball coach during the 2018-19 season. The NCAA also found that the head coach was candid and admitted to a lapse in judgment but still failed to promote an environment of compliance within the program.

Any records in which the track and field student-athlete participated in while ineligible will be vacated and a self-imposed restriction on the the men's basketball program that mandates a reduction of the number of countable coaches by one at regular practice for five hours during the current season. An adjunct professor changed the athlete's grade from an F to a B-minus after allowing her to submit coursework after the course had ended.

The NCAA ruled that any institution employing Jamieson over the next two years must require him to attend NCAA regional rules seminars.

The football violation stems from an incident in 2016 when the program used its new electronic reader board to display information about prospects when they were on campus.

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As of 3:15 p.m. ET, Oregon has not released a statement on the findings. The team immediately stopped after being told it may be out of compliance.

"The University of Oregon's athletic program is committed to integrity, the highest ethical standards and compliance with NCAA bylaws", athletic director Rob Mullens said. "In all of these cases, our compliance monitoring program identified the issues and they were self-reported to the NCAA".

OR received notice of the allegations last December. At that time, the university said it self-reported the infractions and acknowledged that they occurred, but disagreed with the level that the NCAA assigned to some of them, including the charges involving the head coaches.

Their success in recent years could be compromised, however, as the Ducks have been slapped with violations in basketball, football and track and field.

OR officials determined that the change violated the university's grading policy, so the original grade was reinstated and the student-athlete's degree was rescinded. The Women's Program must also reduce the number of countable couches by one at regular practice for 10 hours.

The professor stated this was due to the system not allowing him to give the athlete an incomplete, with the grade coming following the submission of said coursework. The athletics department will also be fined $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the men's and women's basketball budgets.