Oregon football cooperates with NCAA investigation

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon coach Chip Kelly says the Ducks have cooperated fully with the NCAA investigation into the school’s use of recruiting services, and he isn’t particularly surprised that the process has taken so long.

He also says that no potential recruits have mentioned the probe.

Kelly spoke after practice Thursday, addressing an Yahoo Sports report the day before that Oregon is likely headed toward a hearing with the NCAA committee on possible infractions because the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on appropriate sanctions. Yahoo cited two unidentified sources.

The inquiry is the result of reports that surfaced last year concerning payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2010. Lyles had a relationship with a player who committed to Oregon.

The NCAA doesn’t comment on investigations.

GEORGIA: A day after a report called Georgia assistant coach Rodney Garner “a serious candidate” to join Auburn’s coaching staff, Georgia coach Mark Richt would not say if Garner has talked to the school about a job there.

“I’m not discussing any personnel stuff right now,” Richt said.

The report came from the Auburn site of the 247Sports network.

Garner, who is also recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach, is finishing his 15th season on the Bulldogs’ staff, the longest of any staff member. He played for Auburn from 1984-88.

New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is looking to add to a defensive staff that already includes Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator and Charlie Harbison as co-defensive coordinator.

Garner confirmed through a Georgia spokesman back in 2008 that he interviewed for Auburn’s head coaching opening before Gene Chizik was hired, but he has declined any statement this time.

• Austin Long’s chances of breaking into Georgia’s starting lineup for the Capital One Bowl are probably over.

The junior offensive tackle underwent outpatient surgery on Thursday at St. Mary’s Hospital for a broken right hand after sustaining the injury Wednesday in a blocking drill.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo had said that Long and Mark Beard were competing for starting jobs during bowl practices.

UTAH STATE: Promoted offensive coordinator Matt Wells to replace Gary Anderson as head football coach, the school announced Thursday.

Anderson has reportedly been hired at Wisconsin to replace Bret Bielema. Bielema left to take the Arkansas job. Wisconsin hasn’t officially announced the hire yet.

Wells, 39, played quarterback for the Aggies in the mid-1990s and has coached at the school for the past two seasons.


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