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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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:54 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

If you think that this type of activity only goes on in the SEC then you are living in a dream world.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:26 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

"Texas A&M and cheating used in the same sentence... well hell... we're all shocked and dumbfounded by the mere thought. This is a joke... if you knew anything about A&M you would know this is no story and anything but a shock."
If you knew anything about reading comprehension, you'd know A&M isn't being accused of cheating in this story.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:23 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Excellent business by these schools.  I'm sure that kid thought $80,000 was alot of money.  In the grand scheme of things, it's like not even $.80.  So what if the school got busted.  Who the hell cares.  You think they're going to shun the most popular and powerful universities in the country?  If you do, you're dead wrong.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:22 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Texas A&M and cheating used in the same sentence... well hell... we're all shocked and dumbfounded by the mere thought. This is a joke... if you knew anything about A&M you would know this is no story and anything but a shock. 



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:17 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Once again just like the Newton case lets hear from more than just one party on this allegation.  I would love to join the bandwagon and bash the SEC but lets get more info first.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:42 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

@bison--The assistant coach was at Texas A&M, not LSU.  The claim is that he did not tell his HC or anyone else at Texas A&M.  So, your whole rant is based on nothing but a misconception on your part.  Reading is fundamental when it comes to this site.  I think whoever is guilty of these sorts of things should be punished.  If they happen to be at LSU, then throw the book at them.  I hate cheaters and those that cover for them.  The former Texas A&M coach is guilty and should be punished by the NCAA.  His own words tell us that.  We do not yet know what happened with LSU, and no one has made a claim that anyone at LSU did anything wrong; yet.  Time will tell.




Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:28 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

It seems funny every time a program seems poised for a great year they get accused of cheating in some way way back from many years ago. I bet if Utah State was randomly expecting big things in football, oh no they would have made a violation in 2004 that is just now getting revealed.



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:24 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Hey Les what would $100,000 get you? Hell for 600 grand you could probably buy one helluva secondary



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:14 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Hey ya know what? You're just trying to cover for your favorite team.
Living in a land of delusions that it's one coach who should be punished and not the staff or the university.
It's like the old saying "Where there's smoke, there's fire" and there's NO reason to believe this is an isolated case.
How many top flight recruits does LSU get every year? How many of those are linked with any of these type of guys who steer recruits to schools?
How do we also know that this assistant didn't go to Les Miles and report his conversation? If he didn't than that's a HUGE error but really if a guy like Lyles is asking for 80G's for a kid there's no way an assistant can raise that kind of money, no he needs someone higher up who has access to all the big money donors and that would be the head coach and or A.D.
Let's not make this one assistant the sacrificial lamb, look at the WHOLE program, if there's nothing to hide than an investigation which would clear the program should be welcomed.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:08 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

The SEC, is just like the SWAC. The President of the NCAA needs to grow a pair of balls and do something about the SEC.


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