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NCAA to deliver punishment to Ducks football program

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Oregon head coach Chip Kelly gets soaked by his players during the final seconds of the Fiesta Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt York) Oregon head coach Chip Kelly gets soaked by his players during the final seconds of the Fiesta Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt York)
EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -

After an investigation lasting more than two years into possible recruiting violations, the University of Oregon's football program will learn its punishment Wednesday morning.

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions will discuss its ruling at an 8 a.m. press conference Wednesday. The committee's decision has not yet been made public.

A UO spokesman had not comment Tuesday on the upcoming announcement.

The university released documents in April that included a proposed summary disposition from September which discusses the violations and had the NCAA characterize at least one as "major."

School officials proposed a self-imposed two-year probation and the loss of a scholarship for three years at that time. The committee on infractions rejected that proposal, according to USA Today.

The NCAA began looking into possible violations following reports about payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2010.

Lyles was connected to an Oregon recruit, according to investigators. Former head coach Chip Kelly, now the coach of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, released a statement in April saying, "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."

USA Today reports Oregon can appeal the NCAA's final ruling, which could add up to another 110 days to the process which began nearly 28 months ago.

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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