Oregon Basketball Gets Two Years Probation

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Oregon’s athletic department was slapped with two years of probation after an NCAA investigation found violations by both the school’s men’s and women’s basketball programs.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Division-I NCAA Committee on Infractions found that Ducks’ women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves failed to monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance, while men’s coach Dana Altman failed to monitor his director of basketball operations, Josh Jamieson.

"Although occurring in different contexts, the men's and women's basketball violations share a common thread: impermissible staff participation in coaching activities that gave their programs the advantage of an extra coach," the committee stated in its ruling. "In both programs, non-coaching staff members were careless in their interactions with student-athletes and crossed the line between permissible logistical and conditioning activities and impermissible substantive coaching activities."

Oregon’s probationary period will run from Dec. 5, 2018 through Dec. 4, 2020. The head women’s basketball coach will also receive a two-game suspension during the 2018-19 season.

The Ducks have also committed to a few self-imposed penalties. For instance, the women’s basketball program will reduce the number of countable coaches by one at regular practice for 10 hours from 2018-19. The athletics department will also be fined $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the men’s and women’s basketball budgets.

For his part, Jamieson was slapped with a two-year show-cause that will require him to attend the 2019 and 2020 NCAA rules seminars. Jamieson participated and observed voluntary workouts at least 64 times, which he admitted was “a very poor lapse in judgement.”

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