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Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:05 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

While the college football world hung onto every word of the Wednesday night's episode of Real Sports on HBO, there was another recruiting bomb dropped on the SEC. A report on ESPN.com indicates that a former Texas A&M football coach was told that the Aggies would need to "beat" $80,000 to sign former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Von Malone, the former defensive backs coach at Texas A&M and now recruiting coordinator for Tulsa, told ESPN.com that Willie Lyles contacted him in 2007 to let the Aggies know that in order to sign Peterson they would likely have to pay for his services.

"A few days after the kid's visit, Will calls and says, 'If you want this kid, there are other schools that want this kids as well. They're willing to pay a certain amount of money, around the $80,000 mark,'" Malone said. "He said that was something we were going to have to beat as a university to be able to obtain the services of this kid."


Lyles runs a Texas-based recruiting service that is currently the center of an NCAA investigation regarding their relationship with Oregon and running back Lache Seastrunk. Oregon has confirmed that they paid $25,000 to Lyles' company for the recruiting services, not for Seastrunk - who ended up committing to the Ducks.

LSU officials have not made a comment, the SEC was too busy handling the HBO special to make a comment. However, Peterson's father Patrick, Sr. did make a comment to the WWL.

"This is my first time hearing this. This is a shocker," Peterson Sr. told ESPN. "It could have happened. It could have come out of [Lyles'] mouth, that's what happens. These guys try to make money on their own, they are kind of like escort services. That's what I call them, escort services."

This can't be good for Les Miles and LSU, who are picked by many to be favorites to reclaim the SEC West in 2011. The school has confirmed earlier they paid $6,000 for a scouting DVD from Complete Scouting Services, a company that employs Lyles.

At this point, any association to Lyles is going to come under the microscope. This report from Malone only starts another small fire in his network. The last 12 months in college football have been filled with cases regarding improper associations. This latest development suggests we are nowhere close to the end.

Keep it here with CBSSports.com for more news and analysis as this story develops.
Comments

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

What's the NCAA  going to do?  Put all  the teams on probation.  This is part of all college teams.  Just pay them.  The NCAA makes billions off these kids and thats ok?  The NCAA should look at its self.. Without these kids those losers wouldn't have a job....



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

"or the mess will never been cleaned up"

Oh crap, I guess this means the aggie will be after me again.  I do need to slow down, but there are just so many articles to respond to and so little time to do it. 



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

LSU, not to beat a dead horse, but I a went back and read the ESPN article, and yes he did not tell the HC, because he had no intention of paying for the player! sounds like a stand up guy to me. but this also is about the state of college football, not just the SEC.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Here is the deal 571--The A&M coach says he knows of wrongdoing, while no one else has admitted to any such thing.  The guy knew, and did nothing about it.  That is not how you clean up the problem.  I did not blame any team, I blamed the coach.  Anyone associated with college sports that knows of any wrongdoing has to be forced to come forward, or the mess will never been cleaned up.  I am sure the NCAA will be talking with this coach soon enough. 



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles




Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

No where in this article does it say that any money changed hands.  This is all hearsay from a former Texas A&M coach, and not a very credible coach at that.  If the conversation actually happened, the asst coach should have/would have told his HC.  The only reason not to would have been that this was common practice at Texas A&M.  Lots of people just to conclusions when stories like this are written, but there is not a bit of proof of anything here, except the for asst. coach is less than honorable.  The NCAA definitely needs to talk to this asst coach. 

Yeah, that's smart.  Blame the team who DIDN'T benefit from getting Peterson.  Maybe the NCAA would be better served investigating the team who DID end up acquiring Peterson's services instead?  Interesting that all we got from the LSU camp was "No Comment."  Not even an attempt to deny this rumor.  Could be nothing, but I suspect there's a lot more going on at LSU than you think.  Looks like Oregon has a bit more explaining to do as well.  Shouldn't these high-powered football staffs have enough internal resources at their disposal to recruit these kids w/out outside help? 


The BIG culprit here is this Lytle creep.  NCAA needs to come down hard on this guy.  He's the one pocketting all this money that's streaming in from university programs.   He's worse than a sports agent IMO.  Swooping in convincing kids they can play for the best football programs, then selling their letters of intent in exchange for boat loads of cash. All in the name of providing a "service" that most of those programs can already do for themselves.  Shameful.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

@jngkat--If you click on the link to the ESPN story, it says it right there.  That is not in dispute, which is why I do not find this guy credible.  LSU has been in the news a lot more lately than I would like, and most of it is not good.  So far, it has been nothing more than hearsay or accusations, but I do expect the NCAA to followup on all of this.  At this point, I can only hope that we are not guilty. 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

"just to conclusions?"  Really?  Nice example of the LSU edumakations.....


Good point aggie, I must slow down my typing.  I forgot you idiots possess no common sense so you are not bright enough to know that I meant to type, "jump to conclusions".  Most here are bright enought to know that, but I forgot that this article mentioned the aggies, so I should have slowed down my roll for you.  My apologies.  When your only response is to crack on a typo or the like, that really means that you bring nothing to the discussion.  I would expect nothing less from you.  Have a nice day.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

LSU, where in the Article, did it say that the Texas A&M, did not tell his HC, you are saying he is quilty, but do we know once the recruiter told him they would have to beat $80,000, he just walked away!  Peterson ended up at LSU, do you think this is common practice there or are you beginning to wonder!  



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

SEC = Best pro conference in the NCAA.
It is.  And I just dont understand why anyone cares?  The two teams in the BCS Championship are being investigated for paying their players, the NCAA keeps finding new issues at OSU, USC vacated a BCS championship, and so on and so on.  All of the conferences are corrupt, but the SEC just does it better.


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