The NCAA’s investigation into Oregon’s relationship with scout Willie Lyles will not reach summary disposition, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported Wednesday. Instead, the university will go before the NCAA committee on infractions sometime next year.
The news was perhaps more disheartening to fans, who are tired of the longevity of the investigation and the dark cloud that seems to hover over the program because of it, but head coach Chip Kelly said Thursday that he was not surprised by the decision.
“I’ve really got no feeling on it one way or another. They have a process and a review that they go through and until they make the findings public we can’t really comment on it,” he said. “But we’ve cooperated fully.”
Kelly says he hasn’t spoken to anyone from the NCAA in over a year, since their last inquiry.
"All of these processes seem like they take a long time.”
Many have speculated that the investigation may have aided in what has been a slow recruiting period, but according to Kelly he hasn’t “heard a single question” about it from prospective student athletes.
If the situation with the NCAA is the Ducks biggest long-term obstacle, the Fiesta Bowl and the Kansas State Wildcats are their biggest worry in the short-term. Friday will be the team’s last practice in Eugene before the team is awarded a five-day break for the holidays, before reconvening in Arizona for bowl preparation.
The lapse in practice doesn’t worry Kelly, he says, as he thinks he was probably more concerned in 2009 when neither he nor the team had ever played in a BCS bowl.
“Our older guys and younger guys have an understanding of what needs to go on. We recruit good kids. I’m not worried about any of these kids when they go home,” he said. “We can’t have practice like we’ve had up to this point, and then take five days off from a physical standpoint.”
To ensure that doesn’t happen, strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Radcliffe will a work-out regiment for the team to fulfill while at home with their families.