University of Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens sent out the following letter on Friday, Feb. 24, updating supporters on the NCAA investigation:
Dear Friends of Oregon,
Thank you for your continued support of the University of Oregon and the athletics program. I wanted to provide you a brief update on the progress of the NCAA matter. As we have noted in earlier communications, we have tremendous respect for the NCAA and member institutions' role in monitoring intercollegiate athletics and, as such, we continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA's ongoing review.
While we have no specific timetable on the inquiry, we remain in close communication with the NCAA as the process advances cooperatively through each stage. Currently, pursuant to the NCAA's process, we are in constructive discussions with the NCAA on the draft of their proposed findings. The draft of the NCAA proposed findings will be made public. However, the NCAA draft document (and we want to stress this is merely a draft) contains student information protected by law under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and other information protected under Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules that legally must be redacted. The University of Oregon remains committed to holding itself and individuals associated with the University accountable to the highest standards.
Separately from the NCAA process, we continue to work with outside counsel on the independent assessment of our compliance program and areas for improvement. We look forward to making the findings and recommendations for improvement public at the conclusion of the process. The University and the entire Athletic Department remain fully committed to implementing and adhering to best practices.
Please be assured that we have taken this matter very seriously and will provide you with updates as we are able. As always, we appreciate your loyal support of the University and the athletics program and look forward to a positive conclusion of this process.