Some reactions to the Oregon sanctions
But that didn't stop folks from weighing in on the web and via the twittersphere. Here's a sampling of what folks had to say:
George Schroeder, USA Today
Chip Kelly can't coach in college again until Christmas Day 2014 – but considering what was possible, his former school unwrapped a nice gift Wednesday.
Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com
For the past few years, NCAA officials have promised to clean up the recruiting world and eliminate the influence of shady third parties like Willie Lyles, a middleman from Texas, who helped steer former star running back LaMichael James and current Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk to Oregon. Presented with the chance to do it on Wednesday, the NCAA balked.
John Canzano, The Oregonian
Kelly took the program to four straight Bowl Championship Series games, and played for a national title. But those who followed the program closely will recall that he only started talking about doing things the right way off the field after Oregon had endured a series of troubling and embarrassing off-field incidents. The investigation into the suspect relationship with Lyles was just another symptom of a program that wanted to win a national title.
Under new coach Mark Helfrich, the Ducks have an opportunity to do what Kelly couldn't: reach a BCS game without shady characters on the payroll and a cloud of NCAA investigative dust overhead.
Brian Bennett, ESPN.com
The penalties Oregon received are probably about right, given the murkiness of that case. But schools like Ohio State, Penn State and especially USC have every right to wonder why they were treated so much differently.
Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com
As the NCAA made clear, Kelly committed none of the violations himself. His résumé may be smudged, but his hands are clean. Any athletic director who reads the infractions case will be able to go to his president and trustees and make a case for Kelly.
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News
Singling out Kelly is the right thing to do: He cheated, and he’s getting punished — from an official, if not practical standpoint — in a manner that doesn’t undermine the athletic experience for the innocent players still in the program. Expect the NCAA to use that approach more frequently with coaches going forward.
Rob Moseley, The Register-Guard
Under Chip Kelly, the Ducks preferred a narrow recruiting focus, honing in on top targets and only widening their umbrella when necessary. Thus, Oregon for the past few years was already signing fewer players — 19 this year — and offering fewer official visits — 41 on average under Kelly — than the NCAA allowed. The 37 official visits the next three years is a 10 percent reduction from that average.
By doing extensive background checks on recruits, the Ducks have avoided major mistakes in recruiting; as of this week, all 19 players in this year’s signing class are on campus for summer school, making it 83-of-83 the past four years to at least enroll initially. With the new sanctions adding further limits on the number of players Oregon can seriously recruit, that track record will have to continue for an additional three years, as UO coaches can ill afford to use a precious official visit or scholarship on a player who isn’t seriously considering the Ducks, or who may have academic or other character concerns.
Kent Sterling, Kentsterling.com
Anyone looking for morality in college football or the organization founded to oversee it should feel quite stupid today.
Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated
If Wednesday's NCAA sanctions announcement against Oregon were a scene from a movie, it would be the one where Ferris Bueller turns to the camera after convincing his parents he's too sick to go to school and proudly proclaims: "They bought it!"
Scott J. Adams, The Daily Camera
The Penn State, Ohio State and USC faithful have plenty of reasons to be upset. The one time the NCAA is fair and lenient only magnifies how rash and unfair it was in previous cases.
Twitter responses ranged from critical to comical to some bitterness.
In short, Oregon ``won the day'' when it came to NCAA sanctions.— Gene Wojciechowski (@GenoEspn) June 26, 2013
It's a blessing wit sanctions we got...now we bout to go out n do somethin STUPID !! #fact— Byron Marshall (@ByronMarshall_9) June 26, 2013
It appears the reports of Oregon's imminent demise were greatly exaggerated.— Addicted To Quack (@AddictedToQuack) June 26, 2013
People often complain NCAA punishes innocent parties. In this case, Chip Kelly takes almost the entire brunt. Current team unaffected,— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 26, 2013
Oregon only loses 2 scholarships, no bowl ban. In other news: Cleveland State just got the death penalty— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) June 26, 2013
18-month show-cause for Chip Kelly sounds like a slap on the wrist until you consider that 18 months in Chip Kelly time is like nine years.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) June 26, 2013
Forcing Oregon to huddle would've hurt worse.— Kevin Scarbinsky (@KevinScarbinsky) June 26, 2013
Oregon was supposed to be the case where the NCAA claimed back some turf in the third-party war. What was the message today?— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) June 26, 2013
Talkin bout the natty we need to be talkin bout these summer workouts lol— Arik Armstead (@arikarmstead) June 26, 2013
Update #USC poster on The Peristyle: "USC lost more scholarships than Ohio State, Oregon, UNC, MSU, BSU combined!"— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) June 26, 2013
All things considered, most Ohio State fans have taken Oregon's punishment well. Probably because of this. pic.twitter.com/RhD79iP710— Eleven Warriors (@11W) June 26, 2013
The NCAA wanted to punish USC, so it did. It didn't want to punish Oregon, so it didn't.— Chris Huston (@HeismanPundit) June 26, 2013
Big day for people who can influence recruits.— UW Dawg Pound (@UWSBN) June 26, 2013
NCAA slapped Oregon with a pair of soft-toed Nike sandals.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) June 26, 2013