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Oregon reportedly admits to violation under Chip Kelly

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly left the University of Oregon for the NFL just before sanctions were likely to hit the program he built. The only question is how severe those sanctions will be.

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Adam Jude of the Oregonian reported Tuesday that the University of Oregon has agreed its football coaches committed "at least one major violation" related to the NCAA's ongoing investigation. The school and the NCAA disagree, however, on if the school committed another "major violation.

The University released 515 pages of documents to the Oregonian on Monday night. The next step is for the school to appear in front of the NCAA's committee on infractions sometime this year. A final ruling is pending.

The University reportedly proposed to self-impose a two-year probation for Kelly's former program and a reduction of one scholarship for each of the next three seasons. Since that's essentially a starting point for negotiations, it's safe to assume that's the best case scenario for the school.

The Eagles issued a statement Tuesday from Kelly on the report.

"I am aware of the recent reports and of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the NCAA and the University of Oregon," Kelly said. "While at Oregon, I know we were fully cooperative with all aspects of the investigation and I will continue to contribute in any way that I can. But until the NCAA rules on the matter, I will have no further comment."

UPDATE: Later Tuesday, in a response to Eagles reporters, Kelly said that the impending sanctions had "absolutely no impact" on his decision to leave Oregon.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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