EUGENE, Ore. (KOIN) — Saying he was glad the facts were out, Oregon Ducks Athletic Director Rob Mullens addressed the media hours after the NCAA announced the Ducks were put on three years of probation, must ban the use of recruiting services and disassociate from a recruiting service provider.
“I don’t think anyone’s happy,” he said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the campus. “We’ve learned a lot, mistakes were made, we’ve corrected them.”
Mullens said he’s been aware of the facts of the case for a long time, and the penalties handed down were “not substantially different from what we thought would happen.”
He said former Ducks football coach Chip Kelly “was a great coach” and did not think these sanctions affect his legacy. He called Kelly a “genuine guy” who “was disappointed” in the decision. Kelly issued an apology Wednesday afternoon.
Mullens also said the university will not appeal the decision.
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