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Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 3:02 pm
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Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In the latest headline of what's been a solid week of scandal in college football, reports broke last night that now-notorious trainer/scout Will Lyles -- already under investigation for receiving a $25,000 payment from Oregon for his services -- had told assistant coach Van Malone of Texas A&M that the Aggies would need to "beat" $80,000 if they wanted a commitment from eventual LSU All-American Patrick Peterson, then one of the country's hottest high school prospects.

Today, Peterson responded to those allegations by speaking to a Baton Rouge radio station , calling them "baloney" and claiming that he had never even visited Texas A&M. "Why would I jeopardize my future over going to Texas A&M and $80,000 when I knew that my future was playing football," Peterson reportedly said.

There are two problems with these denials, though. First, no one has publicly accused Peterson of asking for any amount of money, much less accepting any; Malone's statements refer to Lyles and Lyles alone, and in the report Peterson's father (while calling businesses like Lyles' "escort services") specifically denies the family having ever requesting money in exchange for Peterson's signature. Peterson appears to responding to implications drawn from the report rather than the report itself, which doesn't claim he had done anything wrong.

Second, Peterson almost certainly did visit College Station; this Rivals article offer multiple details on Peterson's surprise visit (from the days he was using the last name Johnson) and his father himself said Peterson had enjoyed a "good visit" to A&M (one that included meeting up with Malone).

Neither of those issues mean that Peterson's denials aren't perfectly valid; the only real thing they probably indicate is that the interview was more off-the-cuff than carefully planned out.

But it also shows that it's an issue that Peterson and his family are taking seriously, and that despite his and his father's responses, it's one we haven't heard the last of yet by a long shot.

UPDATE: LSU has released an official statement from Peterson, which reads:
“I have never had any type of relationship with Willie Lyles and he had no influence on my decision to attend LSU, or any other school for that matter. He had no involvement with my recruiting process and I resent the fact that my name has come up in these allegations. I chose LSU because it’s a great school with a great football program. I never received nor was I offered anything to go to LSU and anyone saying otherwise is being dishonest.”
Unlike Peterson's previous statements on the radio, there's nothing much confusing or contradictory about that. Assuming Peterson is being truthful, expect the NCAA's microscope to focus even more intensely on Lyles than it already is.

HT: @Year2 .


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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

The Peterson quote doesn't even say that he did or didn't visit A&M, he says, "why would I jeopardize my future over going to A&M", meaning actually attending school there, not visiting.  I would have hoped that a journalist would have better reading skills than that. Pretty shoddy assumption.



Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

1 never knows what others did or did not do behind closed doors but...

The kid made a statement.  it was not the best grammar

the reporter asked if it meant he had never been to A&M

and the kids said No I went.

so  you can report that he said NO  and he did

or you can report he said I did and he did

but to conclude he said I NEVER VISTED A&M is assinine!

what he said was

I didnt take $80,000

and I did vist the school

duh!

what is so hard to understand???



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

Peterson never claimed he did not go to Texas A&M on a visit.  The writer of this story makes that leap.  Where is the quote?  Even the reported quote does not say that he said this.  CBS should be more careful in what they state as facts. 



Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

That's odd! Peterson's father said he remembered going down to Texas A&M with him for a visit...Where there is smoke, there is fire!




Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

Peterson may have never received any money.  But I'm pretty sure Will Lyles did.  Meaning there were Boosters/Coaches at LSU that were willing to PAY to land Peterson.  And if they paid Lyles to land Peterson, how many other recruits did they pay to obtain their signatures?  This combined with the HBO Expose last night, bad news for LSU and the SEC.  The truth is coming out.  It's pretty obvious money is being passed out left and right to land recruits among the major college football schools.



Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

"Why would I jeopardize my future over going to Texas A&M and $80,000 when I knew that my future was playing football," Peterson reportedly said.

bad english (grammar) maybe  but I "hear this as "why would I go to Texas A&M for $80,000, when my future is pro football and I will make millions?"

Then the ESPN local reporter asked point blank "you saying you never went to Texas A&M?"

He then said he visited the school.





Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Peterson calls pay-for-play allegations 'baloney'

did you actually hear what Peterson said?  or are you reading a "transcript" of what was said.


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