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Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 8:25 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Lache Seastrunk
was one of the most highly-touted recruits every signed by the Oregon Ducks. Of course, it was the recruitment of Seastrunk that has helped Oregon land in a bit of hot water, as he was one of the players whom some believe was steered to Oregon by Will Lyles. The school paid Lyles $25,000 for recruiting services last year, though the NCAA is looking into what exactly those services were.

Now it seems that the money may have been spent for nothing, as rumors out of Eugene are swirling that Seastrunk will be leaving the program.

According to, Seastrunk has requested his release from the school.
Sources confirm the 5-foot-9, 190 pound former five-star recruit has been granted his release paperwork from the University of Oregon. No official statement has been released by the University at this time.

He was noticeably absent from this morning's practice at Oregon.
Now it's important to point out that the report says that Seastrunk hasn't signed his release papers as of yet, so no final decision has been made. Still, the prevailing feeling in Oregon seems to be that he's leaving because he's below LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and freshman DeAnthony Thomas on the depth chart. Odds are the Lyles situation and the attention that has brought are playing a role in this decision as well.

Baylor is mentioned in the report as a possible landing spot for Seastrunk.

UPDATE: It's official, Seastrunk has been granted his unconditional release by the school.

"We wish Lache all the best in his future pursuits and will offer our complete assistance to him in his search to continue his football and educational career," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly in a statement.


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:33 am

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

I experimented with to subscribe on the rss feed , but had a difficulty including it to google appropriate ascension

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:12 pm

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

There is so much more to this still to come out.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:10 am

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

The surprising part of this, to me, is that he came in so highly touted, with his skill set seeming to fit the system very well. Since I have no idea of if this is connected with anything other than his wanting to get playing time, I'll assume that's what it is until proven otherwise. My biggest question is whether he slipped on the chart due to a work ethic issue; that may have an effect on where he lands.

Regardless, it isn't often that you see fortunes change so quickly...

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:38 am

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

So much conjecture, so few facts. The NCAA investigation does not seem to have influenced this move. Seastrunk is no doubt very talented. He came to Oregon to be the next great running back, much like QBs used to go the USC to be the next great one. And like some of those QBs other running backs come as well to compete at Oregon. Seastrunk took a redshirt to allow for more development and because the players ahead of him were better. After the redshirt the guys ahead of him (including last years RBs) are still better along with a freshman. So he moves on. That is how it works. His best bet is to play at a Div II school where he would not have to sit out another year because it will also be a year of eligibility (this is already his second year) and because the NFL does not as much want older RBs in the draft.

I do realize that media members have hyped the Oregon possible violation to the hilt. They have, collectively, failed to show a single rule violation so far. Overpaying for scouting services they received is not a violation. Will Oregon give a sigh of relief because he is gone? I don't think so. It is hard to envision having too many talented backs. Injuries can change a picture in a hurry. And Oregon seems to not be worried about the NCAA.

But never do I think attacks on a student-athlete are appropriate as they have been applied by some here. Let the young man seek his place. Until the NCAA has charged someone (yes, reluctantly that includes Cam) they should be left alone. You never know - the next case may be your brother or your son or your neighbor.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 10:58 pm

More Money

He signed too soon with Oregon. He can make more money elsewhere

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 10:01 pm

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

He asked Coach Kelly to be released to be closer to his family in Texas especially his ailing grandmother. It is also probable that another reason he WANTS TO LEAVE is because he would not get much playing time.

If you really believe that, why did he enroll at Oregon instead of  somewhere closer to Texas.  Ooh that's right his "agent" I mean friend Mr. Lyles "encouraged" him to go to Oregon. Money mouth  

Since: Aug 21, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 6:39 pm

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

You don't know what you are talking about.  The Ducks did not "drive this kid out of their program", and his departure will have NO impact on the impending NCAA investigation.  He asked Coach Kelly to be released to be closer to his family in
Texas especially his ailing grandmother.  It is also probable that another reason he WANTS TO LEAVE is because he would not get much playing time.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 3:14 pm

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

@ebonyrod2, that's funny all of your "sour grapes" about the SEC and us winning 7 of 13 BCS NCG's and these "false accusations" about our NCAA violations... do you have any proof that the NCAA needs to know about?  If not, then it makes you look a little ridiculous.  The facts are that it is your program, U$C that is on probation for Major Violations and is classified as a Repeat Offender for violations for Pay for Play for both your football and Basketball programs.  Why don't you just stick with the facts instead of crying on the Sport's threads?

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 2:52 pm

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

Maybe he can go to USC thay have no standers and you do not take real classes , just dance and classes like that. GO IRISH

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 2:19 pm

Lache Seastrunk leaving Oregon

Hey Lache Seastrunk here are a few options for your consideration in changing programs.

You might check with Huston Nutt of Ole Miss, he would find a loop hole for you to play immediately if you would have to sit a year. He found one for his quarterback of last year. He knows ways of circumventing the sit out year.

If that is not an option there is another sec program that might interest you and hire you,  I mean recruit you. You might ask Cecile what the going rate is for running backs.  You might even want him to represent you as he did an excellent job for his kid Cam, the highest player in the sec last season.

The sec is an excellent place to play they have learned how to circumvent a lot of NCAA rules and get by with it without being punished.

They come under investigation but little if any punishment. Some get punished if they break major rules, but for the most part, breaking rules are an everyday occurrence, they are experts at it.

Then there is the extremely light out of conference schedule that would guarantee your team would be in a bowl game each season.

Of course Miami might have a few openings soon when the NCAA finish their investigation and a few players are suspended and/or dismissed from the program.  

You have a wide range of options, however the sec might be your best bet.

Stay away from the Big-12, they are on their last leg as a conference. When Texas A&M leave next season the viability of them remaining a conference is in doubt.


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