The University of Oregon men's basketball has had some dark days since the firing of Ernie Kent in March. Even more could be around the corner under Dana Altman.
The school has asked the Pac-10 and the NCAA for assistance regarding the eligibility of former student athletes from the past two seasons. It could mean the program has committed a violation, and may be subject to some sort of NCAA sanction.
A source with knowledge of the situation told KVAL Sports that an anonymous email, urging the UO athletic department to look into possible violations by Michael Dunigan, Matt Humphrey, and Josh Crittle, was received by athletic department staff on August 2nd. According to the source, the email referred to dealings by a sports agent who had been talking with Dunigan, who was still on Oregon's roster.
A release from Dave Williford at Oregon's sports information office states that Oregon did in fact receive "information relating to the student-athletes", and contacted the conference office the morning of August 2nd, 2010.
The source also says the interaction between the agent and Dunigan also went so far as money being promised to Dunigan and his mother. In addition, the agent also attempted to "package" Dunigan, Crittle, and Humphrey to get them out of the Oregon program and to the "best program possible".
Kent was fired March 16th, and Mike Bellotti stepped down as athletic director just days later, leaving the men's basketball team in limbo for the better part of a month as the school struggled to find a suitable replacement. Soon after Altman was hired, players who were recruited by Kent began asking to be released from their scholarships. In all, five players departed the UO program, including Dunigan, who has signed with a professional team in Israel.
Point guard Malcolm Armstead also considered leaving Altman's program, asking for his release in July, and then changing his mind and deciding to stay.