LOS ANGELES — Oregon coach Chip Kelly is refusing to talk about the Ducks’ use of outside recruiting services until the school and the NCAA finish an extensive review of its dealings with Willie Lyles.
Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens acknowledged the review Tuesday before Pac-12 media day, and Kelly provided little new information in brief comments to reporters.
“I would love to talk about it, and when we have a chance after the report comes out, I will be able to clear up any questions that anyone has about the whole situation,” Kelly said.
The Ducks have retained a law firm to assess the program’s payment of $25,000 to Lyles, a Houston-based recruiter, for an apparently outdated scouting report last year.
The NCAA is investigating whether the recruiter steered star running back Lache Seastrunk to Oregon. Lyles has said his services went beyond the normal scope of a scouting service.
Kelly, who led the Ducks to the national championship game last season, claimed he’s eager to talk about the questionable relationship. Yet he repeatedly deflected questions about Lyles, saying he can’t discuss anything significant.
Oregon was picked to win the Pac-12 title game in the preseason media poll, getting 28 of 42 votes.
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