Oregon gets NCAA notice

Oregon opted to be announce the NCAA's official notice of inquiry into Le Affair de Willie Lyles just hours before kickoff Saturday.

Bury the news behind the monumental matchup with Missouri State? Perhaps. But there's no hiding from the reality at hand: The Ducks football program is at risk for significant sanctions.

Until Oregon receives its notice of allegations, we won't know how the NCAA will apply the vague rules on recruiting services that apply here.

A notice of inquiry only makes official an investigation that was first reported in March. Everyone knew this was coming.

What it merely does is end the illusion that Oregon would somehow find itself free-and-clear. The NCAA has found issues, whether those are major violations or not, that Oregon will have to answer for.

So the plot thickens.