LaMichael James remains eligible

Updated: November 24, 2010, 2:58 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

Oregon said in a statement Wednesday that star running back LaMichael James did not violate any NCAA rules and is eligible despite exchanging vehicles this year with a person described as a family friend.

The statement was released following a report in the Willamette Week Online that James had been using a 2003 Range Rover after exchanging his 2000 Mustang with Pernell Brown, a man who said he considers himself an uncle to James.

According to the statement, Oregon worked with the NCAA and found the friend was neither an Oregon booster nor agent.

"Based on the information available at this time, it was determined that the vehicle exchange did not constitute a violation of NCAA legislation and LaMichael James remains eligible to represent the institution in outside competition," the statement read.

Oregon spokesman Dave Williford said the matter is considered closed at this time.

According to the report, Brown said James wanted a different vehicle because he was being harassed by somebody that was leaving notes on his car.

Joe Schad

College Football