JaQuan Lyle Removed From Oregon Roster

Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle was removed from the Oregon men’s basketball roster Tuesday and it remains unclear when he might join the team.

“JaQuan is not on our roster, we removed him today,” Greg Walker, Associate Director of Athletic Communications, told SNY.tv late Tuesday.

Sources said Lyle was cleared by the NCAA but was not admitted to the University. Walker could not comment on the specifics.

Oregon coach Dana Altman did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.

“Something in the admission process is where the hangup is,” one source said. “I wouldn’t expect him to be part of the team, at least for now.” To read more of this story, click here

Trevor Manuel to Oregon

4_2942469By JACK LeGWIN

Trevor Manuel committed to the Oregon Ducks Thursday afternoon.

“It’s official next year I’ll be a duck#GoDucks” he tweeted. “Thanks for all the love and support from everyone.”

“I went out there for my official and fell in love with the school,” he told SNY.tv contributor Chip Miller by text. To read more of this story, click here

Ahmaad Rorie to Oregon

Ahmaad Rorie, a 6-foot point guard from Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln, committed to Oregon on Thursday, adding another guard to a team short on backcourt players.

“I have official[ly] signed to play basketball at Oregon, God has a plan for me . #GoDucks #Blessed” he Tweeted.

A former Cal commit, Rorie figures to get playing time with the Ducks after the school dismissed guards Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis and forward Brandon Austin in the wake of rape allegations.

Rorie initially announced May 5 — when the police report became public — that he would not visit Oregon, and he tripped to Washington State instead. He ultimately visited Eugene and now will join their 2014 class that also includes  point guard Casey Benson, shooting guard JaQuan Lyle, forwards Jordan Bell, Dwayne Benjamin and Ray Kasongo and big man Michael Chandler.

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Dana Altman to Remain as Oregon Coach, Three Players Dismissed

AltmanDana Altman will remain the Oregon men’s basketball coach, but Damyean Dotson, Brandon Austin and Dominic Artis have all been booted from the program in the wake of rape allegations related to a March 8 incident, the school announced Friday.

“They will not be playing basketball at Oregon again,” Oregon President Michael Gottfredson said in a press conference Friday that also included Athletic Director Rob Mullens and Vice President for Student Affairs Robin Holmes.

“It was very clear to us those were individuals we didn’t want representing our organization,” Mullens said.

Of Dotson, the focus of the allegations, Altman said later Friday: “I think good people can make bad decisions. This obviously was a bad decision.”

No charges have been filed in the case in which a 21-year-old female Oregon student told police she had been sexually assaulted in three separate instances. Here is the DA’s statement on why it “no-filed” charges in the case.

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Oregon Bans Trio from Team Activities Following Rape Allegations (UPDATED)

ArtisA trio of Oregon players –  junior point guard Dominic Artis, junior guard Damyean Dotson and sophomore forward Brandon Austin — are not currently participating in team activities, the school announced Monday.

The trio are the subject of a forcible rape allegation, details of which can be found in this graphic police report released Monday evening by the Eugene Police Department.

The Oregonian is all over this story:

The district attorney’s office listed only Dotson as a suspect when it wrote April 14 that due to insufficient evidence it would not pursue prosecution. It also did not list any of the charges Dotson had been accused of. However, it added, “While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.”

Artis and Dotson were contacted by law enforcement after the incident and told investigators the sex was consensual. Austin was also contacted by police but asked that any inquiries be handled by his lawyer.

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Brandon Austin to Oregon; Cam Biedscheid to Mizzou (UPDATED)

Providence transfer Brandon Austin is headed to Oregon.

“It’s just an all-around good situation for the kid,” Lonnie Lowry, Austin’s mentor and the brother of Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, told SNY.tv.

“[He brings] the ability to do everything [on the court] and play at least three positions.”

After sitting out a year, he will be eligible next December and will have four years of eligibility remaining. To read more of this story, click here

Mike Chandler to Oregon

Michael Chandler is off the board to Oregon, Northwest Florida coach Steve DeMeo told SNY.tv.

Oregon is the fourth school the 6-foot-10, 245-pound center has committed to, following Louisville, Xavier and UCF.

Arizona, Memphis, Gonzaga, Iowa State, and Seton Hall had also been involved to varying degrees with Chandler, a former Lawrence (Ind.) North star who was ranked the No. 5 center in the Class of 2011 by Rivals.

“Michael’s long, thin and very athletic,” DeMeo said. “He runs the floor well and has really good hands and range to 17 feet.

“Coach [Dana] Altman and his staff will definitely help Mike refine his game and bring out the best in him on and off the court. We here at Northwest Florida are excited for Michael and his family that he is going to such a special place like Oregon.” To read more of this story, click here