Oregon Athletics Hit With Two-Year Probation

Violations from the football, men's and women's basketball and women's track and field programs have led to the Oregon athletic department being placed on a two-year probation.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 11:34 AM

EUGENE—Oregon athletics has been placed on probation for two years after NCAA findings on Wednesday indicated violations from the football, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s track and field programs.

The full list of findings and punishments can be found here. Among them, Ducks’ women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves has been suspended two games for failing “to monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program.”

The violations from the men’s and women’s basketball are similar to one another. Graves permitted an assistant strength and conditioning coach to participate in workouts and on-court drills, which caused the program to exceed the number of coaches allowed at a time. The men’s program also allowed the director of basketball operations to impermissibly participate in and observe workouts.

Both programs have each been hit a $5,000 fine plus one percent of each of their budgets.

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.

On the track and field front, an adjunct instructor changed a student-athlete's grade from an F to a B-minus, allowing her to maintain eligibility.

“When the university discovered the grade change, the instructor, who was not familiar with NCAA rules, told the university he would have made the same accommodation for any other student, regardless of student-athlete status,” the NCAA’s account stated.

The student-athlete in question has been forced to vacate records accrued while ineligibly participating.

The NCAA’s decision stems from the notice of allegations Oregon received last year about these Level II rule violations. Most were self-reported by the school.

A two-year “probation” for the Oregon athletic department means the Ducks must publicize the infractions, take increased measures to educate coaches, staff and players and will be closely monitored by the NCAA to ensure the problems are not recurring.

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