Oregon to be outed for major recruitment violations?

Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks fans show the emotions after the end of the BCS Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, January 10,2011. The Tigers defeated the Ducks 22-19. UPI/John Rinehart

On his ESPN radio program Tuesday afternoon, Colin Cowherd said he received a text stating that a major football program will be outed very soon for “major recruiting violations.” College Football Talk has the details.

Here’s Cowherd’s minute-long monologue on what would be a seismic development if proven true:

I received an interesting text about 10 days ago, and this should be very frightening if you’re a fan of college football, that a major program in this country is going to be outed very soon for major recruiting violations. It is a top 10-12 program. I know what I think it is according to both my sources; I received another tip last night. I went to Vince Doria, who is sort of the journalistic editor at this company. He had heard the exact same thing. We are pursuing this story with vigor. A major publication is about to unseat a major college football power on recruiting violations. I will tell you from my source, it is not — it is not — Auburn. I will leave it at that. It is a major program and a major publication. When we can validate more… I have not been able to validate it nor has this company. We’re both pursuing it.

On Wednesday, Brooks Melchior, who has ties to ESPN and now runs the website SPORTSbyBROOKS.com, said this via Twitter:

Mult. ESPN sources have now verified to me Cowherd was referencing Oregon as school to be ‘outed very soon for major recruiting violations’

At this point, all we can do is wait to see if the NCAA makes an official announcement. Until they do, these reports are just speculation. But Cowherd and Melchior are both tapped into major media outlets, so this news is intriguing to say the least. With the amount of scandal surrounding Cam Newton and Auburn’s program, for Oregon to go down for major recruiting violations would be an absolute shocker. (Although would it be? Should any of us really be surprised that a major college football program – any major college football program – was breaking recruiting rules?)

Hopefully for Oregon this is just one gigantic rumor that has zero truth to it.

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