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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: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:53 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

I don't know the truth here, but I definitely think the NCAA should take a hard look at this coach.  It would appear that if this did happen, Malone sat on this and did not tell his HC.  That to me should be a violation and the coach should be punished.  This seems to be the most out of control off season I can ever remember in college football.  Bad news it that this stuff seems far from over on so many fronts.



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:40 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Why does a story like this come out now? Why didn't it come out on the day he signed with LSU? By the way, he signed with LSU while his name was Patrick Johnson and later changed it to Peterson . His brother Avery Johnson , has already given a solid verbal commitment to LSU and will be playing WR in Baton Rouge. Will he change his name also? Might be a money laundering trick! Shouldn't they, (whoever "they" are?), go ahead and start an investigation now? Patrick Peterson will be the the first to go in the NFL draft this year, his days are over at LSU, (and he had some good ones!) If you are going to investigate, do it while they are there or before they take their first step on the field, not while they are on the way to the bank with their "new paycheck."





Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:01 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

This is from 2007 from a competing recruiting coach, about a story he did not tell his boss about, he should be the one under scrutiny.  zzzzzzzzz



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:51 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

What I remember most about this past college football was every week SEC fans yammering on and on about how the SEC was the best conference in college football.  They probably were, but its clear now that more then just Cam Newton and his family were getting paid. Has an entire conference ever gotten the death penalty all at once before?  Now that would be something to see.  I smell a Congressional Debate coming soon so they can avoid talking about important things and talk about sports.



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:35 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles


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Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:44 amScore: 51 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Uh oh Ducks, you're next!!

Remember all those Oregon fans decrying USC's "cheating" when DeAnthony Thomas switched his commitment? Karma.
Not saying you said those things, but MANY Oregon fans brought it up.



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:56 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Real Nice SEC.  Paying players and not giving a f*ck if they can even read when they leave your school, as illustrated by Peterson's below-literacy Wonderlic.  But we saw this all before with Southern football with the old Southworst Conference.  And the bad thing is those fools will be back with the Cotton Bowl's potential reemergence into the BCS. 

Just find a way to pay all players already, at least that will bring this crap out of the shadows.



Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:56 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Well now...all Patrick has to say is "I didn't know anything about it" and Slive will declair him eligible.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:44 am
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Uh oh Ducks, you're next!!


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