Kelly won't comment on alleged violation at Oregon

LES BOWEN / DAILY NEWS STAFF Eagles coach Chip Kelly spent more than an hour meeting with the media on Wednesday.
LES BOWEN / DAILY NEWS STAFF Eagles coach Chip Kelly spent more than an hour meeting with the media on Wednesday.
Posted: April 18, 2013

On the day of the Eagles' first minicamp practice under new coach Chip Kelly, reports surfaced that indicated officials at the University of Oregon admitted there was "at least one major violation" uncovered in an NCAA investigation of the football program Kelly coached from 2009 to 2012.

Kelly, through the Eagles, released a statement Tuesday morning that said he was aware of the ongoing investigation, that he had cooperated with the NCAA while at Oregon and would continue to do so, and that he would have no further comment until a ruling was made.

During a Tuesday news conference scheduled to coincide with his first practice, however, Kelly was asked whether Oregon had asked him not to comment.

"No. The NCAA has asked us about that since day one," he said. "They just asked us to respect the process, and we fully cooperated with them, and we'll continue if they need us to. They were the ones that asked us to do that. So I respect them and will continue to do that until they have a final resolution."

Kelly also was asked whether the NCAA probe had anything to do with his leaving Oregon for the Eagles in January.

"No. That had absolutely no impact on my decision to leave," he said.

The NCAA's investigation focuses on Oregon's recruiting practices under Kelly. A report from the Oregonian comes from 515 pages of documents released by the university Monday and addresses the issue of Oregon's making a payment to a Texas-based talent scout.

Kelly agreed to coach the Eagles after initially rebuffing the team's overture following the Ducks' Fiesta Bowl victory.

Peters full go

Jason Peters, who is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon, was a full participant at practice, which was closed to reporters.

"It's probably a good sign when you never looked over and said, 'Jeez, he doesn't look like he's himself right now," Kelly said. "He was moving around and looked really at home at left tackle."

Center Jason Kelce, who suffered a season-ending injury in September when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, was able to participate during parts of Tuesday's practice, Kelly said.

Tight end Evan Moore and outside linebacker Chris McCoy did not participate. Kelly did not provide information on their injuries.


Contact Jeff McLane at jmclane@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_McLane.

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