Kelly apologizes following NCAA findings

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2012, file photo, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly watches the clock wind down during the final moments of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Eugene, Ore. The NCAA has taken away a scholarship and placed Oregon's football program on probation for three years for recruiting violations under previous coach Kelly. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2012, file photo, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly watches the clock wind down during the final moments of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Eugene, Ore. The NCAA has taken away a scholarship and placed Oregon's football program on probation for three years for recruiting violations under previous coach Kelly. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

(AP) – Former University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly issued an apology Wednesday after the NCAA levied a three-year probation onto the Ducks football program for recruiting violations.

“Now that the NCAA has concluded their investigation and penalized the University of Oregon and its football program, I want to apologize to the University of Oregon, all of its current and former players and their fans,” Kelly said in a statement. “I accept my share of responsibility for the actions that led to the penalties.”

Kelly also added that the investigation did not prompt his decision to leave for the school to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“As I have I stated before, the NCAA investigation and subsequent ruling had no impact on my decision to leave Oregon for Philadelphia. I have also maintained throughout that I had every intention to cooperate with the NCAA’s investigation, which I did.”

Among the penalties was an 18-month show-cause order for Kelly. The order will require schools to go before the infractions committee should they wish to hire him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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