NCAA pe­nal­izes Ore­gon for hoops, track and field vi­o­la­tions

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By ANNE M. PETER­SON

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

The de­ci­sion is­sued Wed­nes­day said women’s bas­ket­ball coach Kelly Graves failed to “mon­i­tor and pro­mote an at­mos­phere of com­pli­ance in his pro­gram.” He must serve a twogame sus­pen­sion this sea­son. The team is 7-0 and ranked No. 3 in the coun­try.

That in­frac­tion stemmed from an as­sis­tant strength coach’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in on-court ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing and after prac­tices, which caused the team to ex­ceed the num­ber of al­low­able coaches.

The NCAA found men’s coach Dana Alt­man failed to prop­erly mon­i­tor his di­rec­tor of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions, who took part in or ob­served at least 64 in­di­vid­ual vol­un­tary work­outs in vi­o­la­tion of NCAA rules.

Also, the NCAA said an ad­junct in­struc­tor changed a grade for a track and field ath­lete, al­low­ing the com­peti­tor to re­main el­i­gi­ble.

The de­ci­sion said the foot­ball pro­gram im­prop­erly used an elec-

tronic reader board in the team’s fa­cil­i­ties for re­cruit­ing pur­poses. The team im­me­di­ately stopped after be­ing told it may be out of com­pli­ance.

In a state­ment, the school said it dis­agreed with some of the find­ings.

“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. As we noted sev­eral months ago, 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 or sanc­tions is­sued by the NCAA.”

Ore­gon 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. Ore­gon said it had al­ready taken steps to ad­dress the is­sues.

“I re­gret that some mem­bers of my staff made er­rors of judg­ment, and I have taken ac­tions to en­sure that it doesn’t hap­pen again,” Graves said in a state­ment when the univer­sity re­ceived no­tice. “I am stead­fastly com­mit­ted to build­ing a win­ning pro­gram at the UO that op­er­ates in full com­pli­ance with NCAA by­laws and is com­mit­ted to the high­est lev­els of in­tegrity.”

The di­rec­tor of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions, Josh Jamei­son, was sus­pended by Alt­man for one month. He must also at­tend NCAA rules sem­i­nars for the next two years.

The school said the fac­ulty mem­ber changed the grade of the track ath­lete from fail­ing to pass­ing contin­gent on the ath­lete com­plet­ing the work. The univer­sity re­moved the ath­lete from com­pe­ti­tion and re­ported the vi­o­la­tion to the NCAA, which de­ter­mined it was an im­per­mis­si­ble aca­demic ben­e­fit.

The name of the ath­lete was not made pub­lic by the NCAA. All records in which the ath­lete par­tic­i­pated in while in­el­i­gi­ble must be va­cated.

The univer­sity said it be­lieves there was no mis­con­duct within in the track and field pro­gram in re­gard to that vi­o­la­tion and that the NCAA’S rul­ing was in­con­sis­tent with con­clu­sion reached in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions. The school has 15 days to ap­peal.

While Ore­gon ac­knowl­edged the rule vi­o­la­tions sur­round­ing the bas­ket­ball teams, it said it doesn’t think the coaches failed to pro­mote an “at­mos­phere of com­pli­ance” and is also weigh­ing an ap­peal in that mat­ter.

In ad­di­tion to the pro­ba­tion and Graves’ sus­pen­sion, the NCAA said the men’s team must re­duce the num­ber of coaches at a reg­u­lar prac­tice by five hours this sea­son, which the women’s team much do the same for 10 hours this sea­son. The school was also fined $5,000 plus 1 per­cent of the men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball bud­gets.

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