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Ore. Lawmaker: Kelly, Rule-Breaking Coaches Should Pay

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File photo of former University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly. (credit:  Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

File photo of former University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly. (credit: Rich Schultz /Getty Images)


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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state lawmaker wants to make college coaches pay up if their recruiting methods break the rules.

A state House committee will hear testimony Wednesday on a bill to make coaches pay for legal fees and other costs if the NCAA finds a major violation.

The bill would apply to former University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who turned the program into a national powerhouse. He left in January to coach the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

The NCAA is investigating Oregon’s relationship with recruiting services.

Democratic Rep. Brent Barton says coaches have almost no incentive to play by the rules, and plenty of reasons to cut corners to build a name for themselves. He says players, students and fans shouldn’t be stuck paying the bill when a coach bends the rules.

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