NCAA takes over Oregon investigation

The NCAA is now leading the process in an investigation into the eligibility of former Oregon men's basketball players, athletic director Rob Mullens told The Register-Guard.

The school first contacted the Pac-10 on Aug. 2 to seek help in an investigation that includes a look into whether center Michael Dunigan received extra benefits while playing for the school before abruptly turning pro.

The investigation has cast a shadow over the program during coach Dana Altman's first offseason. Mullens, whose hiring came after Altman's, told the paper that Oregon has yet to consider self-imposing sanctions.

"We're not near that point, he said. "There's still a lot of information to be gathered by the NCAA."

If violations did occur, the NCAA would have to rule whether they were major or secondary, the latter defined as "isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage, and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit."

Mullens would not speculate on whether the allegations, if proven, would rise to the level of a major violation.