Chip Kelly releases statement in reaction to Oregon sanctions

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Now that the NCAA has handed out penalties (we are using that term loosely, seeing as it was more of a slap on the wrist) with regard to the recruiting violations that took place at Oregon, former coach Chip Kelly has released a statement in response.

Kelly made it clear to that the investigation had no bearing on his decision to leave Eugene in the first place:

“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 his statement. “I accept my share of responsibility for the actions that led to the penalties. 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. I do expect the University of Oregon and its football program to continue to thrive at a high level. They are a talented and resilient group of coaches and players and I’m sure they will attempt to put today’s news behind them very quickly and move forward as they prepare for the 2013 season.”

Kelly’s role in paying “recruiting scout” Willie Lyles $25,000 netted him an 18-month show-cause penalty from the NCAA.

As for the Ducks, the 28-month investigation resulted in the loss of one scholarship per year for three years, a ban from utilizing recruiting services while on probation, as well as a few other minor recruiting sanctions.

[H/T: CBS Sports]