Originally written August 14, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Rumors…rumors…rumors Speculation is sometimes the only thing that holds college football fans over until a new season starts.
The 2012 season is filled with a lot of hope for the Oregon Ducks. Currently ranked number five in the USA Today Preseason Poll, Oregon is poised to claim their fourth straight Pac-10/12 Championship and possibly make an appearance in the BCS National Championship game.
Yet, NCAA sanctions have been rumored to be coming out soon; sanctions that may cost the Ducks an appearance in a postseason or two. A Brief Background If you are unfamiliar with the case, Oregon is being investigated for transactions in main association with Willie Lyles, a self-professed “street agent”. Willie Lyles has become one of the shadiest persons to ever be involved in college football. Oregon came under scrutiny for their interactions with Lyles after they reportedly sent Lyles’ business a check for $25,000. After an investigation by Yahoo!, Lyles decided he wanted to expose the Oregon program for what they were doing and came out to the media and essentially said Oregon was paying him to steer recruits such as LaMichael James and Lache Seastrunk to their football program. Since this “revelation” that Willie Lyles had, Oregon has disassociated itself from the self-employed street rat while Lyles continues to ***** himself out to any media outlet that will give him 10 seconds time. It has become evident from the get-go that Lyles is a very shady character and as reliable as the rumors that swirl in The Inquirer. The NCAA announced their investigation into this issue in September of 2011 and the Ducks have fully complied since then with everything the NCAA has asked. By no means does this cover the in-depth nature of the subject. If you want to read over a better summary of the preliminary NCAA findings, you can click here. Evident from these findings is that Oregon and the NCAA are still working very closely to sort all issues out. Oregon has remained steadfast that it did not violate any NCAA rules and nothing has been officially released. While it is NCAA policy to remain quiet until the entire investigation is complete, rumors have begun to swirl that Oregon will receive NCAA sanctions very soon. Where are the Rumors Coming From? Being such a hot topic as of late, it is important to understand where these rumors are coming from. By clicking here and scrolling down to about comment seven you will find the original source of all this hype of Oregon sanctions, Kim Gringold. Notorious for trying to find something wrong with a Duck program that has bashed their team for the past eight years, Gringold apparently claims to have an inside source with the athletic department at Oregon who said that sanctions were coming down soon. NCAA Sanctions rumored to be coming down on the Ducks are completely biased and have no factual base. Yeah right. First of all, Gringold has no reputation for having credit in terms of knowing anything about the college football word. He (at least I believe it is a he) writes sensational comments to try to stir up bad blood between Husky, Duck, and Cougar fans. This is just his latest antics and an immature shot at best. An Oregon AD intern would not be up in Seattle for a Seahawks practice at this time of year, and would not have any knowledge whatsoever about this story anyways. To think that Oregon and the NCAA would not play this one so close to the chest is ludicrous and immediately discredits everything that Gringold has said. What Happens Next? Unfortunately for Kim Gringold and all other Oregon bashers, nothing will happen for quite some time. It has been reported that Oregon is just one of the many schools the NCAA is taking issue with about recruiting services. Some estimate the list to be as high as 80 schools. Being the NCAA and knowing how they operate, one should not expect Oregon sanctions to come before the season starts. Doing so would go against everything the NCAA has done in the past and would be a complete shock and surprise to everybody in connection with the Duck football program.
If sanctions do come down on Oregon in the near future, the sanctions will likely be more of a slap on the wrist than anything. That is unless the program is said to have lost institutional control, something that has been brought up in the recent past and may come back to take Oregon out of the college football postseason.
As of right now, however, all rumors about the NCAA sanctions coming down on Oregon are absurd at best. They were started by a jealous Husky fan trying to seek attention and bring light to his program that has not had their way with the Ducks for eight straight years. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE DUCKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB! © Chris Anderson for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook Post tags: Ducks, Ducks rumors, Kim Gringold, Lache Seastrunk, LaMichael James, NCAA Football Headlines, Oregon, Oregon Ducks football blog, Oregon ducks football rumors, Oregon ducks football sanctions, Oregon Ducks ncaa sanctions, Oregon Ducks news, Oregon Ducks rumors, Pac 12 Rumors, UO, Willie Lyles, Yahoo Sports

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