College notes: Oregon proposes 2-year probation

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The University of Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA violations in connection with football recruiting and proposed a self-imposed two-year probation with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years, according to documents released by the school.

The revelations were made in a summary disposition report included in the documents released Monday night. The contents were first reported by KATU television in Portland.

Oregon and the NCAA have failed to come to an agreement on the matter and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee at some point this year.

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 had a connection with an Oregon recruit.

The NCAA will not comment on the ongoing investigations.

Oregon’s athletic department issued a statement that said: “The review is ongoing until the NCAA Committee on Infractions issues its final report. The integrity of the process and our continued full cooperation with the NCAA prohibits us from publicly discussing the specifics of this matter.”

TCU assistant hired

TCU assistant men’s basketball coach Pooh Williamson is taking an assistant job at Texas Tech, sources said. Williamson coached under Trent Johnson for one season at TCU.

Williamson played for Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith at Tulsa in the mid-1990s. Smith was named the Red Raiders’ coach April 2. He’s Tech’s fourth coach in four years.

— Stefan Stevenson

Ex-UGA coach charged

Federal prosecutors have charged former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan and a business partner with operating a Ponzi scheme.

U.S. District Attorney Michael J. Moore announced the 85-count indictment that says Donnan and Gregory L. Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, ran the scheme between 2008 and 2010.

Lawyers for Donnan and Crabtree did not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment. They were set to appear in federal court in Macon Tuesday afternoon.

Briefly

• NBA Draft: UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, the Pac-12 co-freshman of the year, announced that he’s leaving to enter the June 27 NBA Draft. Also making themselves eligible for the draft were junior guards Reggie Bullock of North Caronia and Vander Blue of Marquette.

• Alabama football: Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is receiving a hefty raise while boss Nick Saban’s salary is staying put. Trustees approved a three-year deal worth $3.85 million for Smart. Saban’s terms and salary remained the same except for performance bonuses changed to reflect a four-team playoff that will start in two seasons. Saban received a deal in March 2012 worth nearly $45 million over eight years.

• Ohio State women’s basketball: Kevin McGuff has been hired as coach, three weeks after signing a contract extension with the University of Washington.

• Minnesota basketball: New coach Richard Pitino has hired former Gophers player Ben Johnson as an assistant, who spent last season as an assistant at Nebraska under coach Tim Miles.

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