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Pac-12: NCAA goes easy on Oregon

Published June 26, 2013 9:36 am

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Anyone hoping that the NCAA would place Oregon at a competitive disadvantage and give the rest of the Pac-12 a better chance to deal with the Ducks undoubtedly is disappointed today.

The NCAA's sanctions of Oregon were minor: three years of probation and the loss of a few scholarships. The Ducks remain eligible for bowl invitations and the Pac-12 championship game - unlike USC in 2011.

Former coach Chip Kelly also received a relatively meaningless penalty, basically preventing him from coaching college football for 18 months. Kelly, of course, intends to be employed by the Philaelphia Eagles during that period.

So the ultimate result is that schools such as Utah, scheduled to play Oregon for the next six years, will have to face the Ducks at pretty much full strength.