Ex-Oregon player won't meet with NCAA


Michael Dunigan is preparing for the NBA draft after playing for a year in Israel and Estonia following his abrupt departure from Oregon. He decided to turn pro following the arrival of new coach Dana Altman, and soon afterward, the school announced it would seek assistance from the Pac-10 after receiving information about former players regarding their eligibility.

Andy Katz reported that Oregon interviewed Dunigan as part of its investigation, but the matter has since been turned over to the NCAA. According to The Register-Guard, the NCAA also requested a meeting with Dunigan but didn't get one.

Dunigan has not spoken with NCAA representatives on the issue, though a request for a meeting was made to Dunigan’s attorney, George Andrews, who declined on his client’s behalf.

"We didn't feel we had anything we wanted or needed to share with them," Andrews said, adding that Dunigan "didn't leave Oregon for anything that happened off the court. ... There was no issue related to him doing anything improperly," such as a possible NCAA violation

Dunigan said he would have been eligible for his junior season at Oregon.

Dunigan of course was well within his rights to decline the meeting with investigators given that the NCAA has no subpoena power. He has denied that his eligibility was in question and isn't obligated to say anything.

But the NCAA investigation does continue to loom over Oregon. Altman and his staff don't have anything to do with the probe, yet they could be hampered by possible sanctions that might come out of it.

The Ducks had a surprising season after Dunigan left and others transferred in the wake of Ernie Kent's firing. Winning the CBI should give the team momentum heading into this year at a time when the Pac-12 lacks a sure-fire favorite.

It would be best for all involved if the NCAA investigation turns up nothing. For Dunigan, his time at Oregon is already in the rear-view mirror.