LOS ANGELES -- Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens has released a statement regarding the expanding NCAA investigation into the program ahead of head coach Chip Kelly's remarks at Pac-12 Media Day:
“The University of Oregon football program, from Coach Chip Kelly through the entire organization, has tremendous respect for the NCAA’s important role in monitoring collegiate athletics and, to this end, continues to fully cooperate with the NCAA’s ongoing review.”
“The University of Oregon is committed to holding itself and the individuals associated with the University accountable to the highest standards.”
“As part of the University’s commitment to accountability, we want to reiterate that the institution takes this matter very seriously and remains dedicated to an open and transparent approach with the NCAA.
The university has retained outside counsel for this matter, Bond Schoeneck & King, a prominent and well-respected law firm with a practice group focused on NCAA compliance matters. The firm has been charged with making an independent assessment of the football program's use of outside recruiting services. In addition, they have been asked to provide the University with recommendations for areas of improvement within the football program and athletics department in order to meet best practices. We look forward to making the recommendations public at the conclusions of the process. The University, our Head Coach and the entire Athletic Department are fully committed to ensuring our program is following best practice.
As party of the University's commitment to accountability, we want to reiterate that the institution takes this matter very seriously and remains dedicated to an open and transparent approach with the NCAA.”