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Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:16 am
 
Posted by Adam Jacobi

USC fans wondering why former assistant Willie Mack Garza resigned so abruptly two days before the start of this season now have an answer -- and that answer has a paper trail. According to a report by Yahoo Sports, Willie Lyles informed NCAA investigators that Garza had wired him $1,500 in 2009 to get coveted tailback Lache Seastrunk onto the Tennessee campus for an unofficial visit; Garza had been an assistant of Lane Kiffin at UT at that point, before Kiffin brought Garza with him to USC's staff in 2010.

On unofficial visits, recruits and their families are responsible for all costs incurred, so if Garza supplied that money to Lyles for the purposes of getting Seastrunk to campus, that's a serious violation of NCAA rules. Whether Garza gave money to Lyles is not in question, though; Yahoo Sports has a copy of the Moneygram record of that transaction, and sure enough, there's $1,500 going from Garza to Lyles. Being that Lyles himself told the NCAA that the money was to pay for Seastrunk's plane tickets, which totaled $1,446.80 in a purchase two weeks prior to the Moneygram transaction, there doesn't appear to be much wiggle room for Garza.

CBSSports.com first reported that Garza's departure from USC was related to an NCAA probe of Tennessee's recruiting practices on the day that Garza resigned, on September 1. That report has now been proven accurate by this Yahoo story. 

For Garza's efforts above and beyond the NCAA guidelines, Tennessee didn't get much; not only did Seastrunk not commit to the Volunteers, of course, he didn't even take an official visit to Knoxville once it was time to make those choices. Seastrunk famously chose Oregon over Auburn in a recruiting process that still leaves a sour taste in Tigers fans' mouths to this day, and once the reports surfaced of Lyles maintaining close relationship with recruits even while getting paid large sums of money by the schools recruiting them, Seastrunk ended up transferring to Baylor.

For as bad as this report makes Garza look in the eyes of the NCAA, however, the real entity in danger here is Tennessee; that athletic department was hit with a failure to monitor charge in August among various major infractions perpetrated by then-head basketball coach Bruce Pearl, and the program is nowhere near completing its two years of probation handed down by the NCAA. If the NCAA finds this to be another egregious flouting of recruiting regulations, Tennessee is liable to be considered a "repeat offender" by the Committee on Infractions, and that easily could mean serious, long-lasting consequences for the entire athletic department.
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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

It seems like some UT fans have selective memory when it comes to Lane Kiffin.  It was your AD that hired the guy, and most UT fans were thrilled with the hire.  At least the ones that came on most message boards were.  I am sure all will deny that now, but we all read the posts.  Most fans from other SEC schools blasted the hire and laughed at Tennessee fans, but they hung tough for a while.  Now, we all know the truth.  Kiffin is a lousy coach and his dad Monte is every bit the scumbag that Lane is.  The only winner here was LSU, because we got a great DC out of the deal.  Thanks Tennessee!



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

freakin, stinkin, cheatin' Kiffin!  We never got this kind of crap before or after Kiffin and his cronies.  I cannot believe his dad, Monty, let his kid grow up to act this way!  Kiffin was only known as a recruiter, never heard one peep about his coaching ability and you still don't.  I pray, this does not come back to haunt TN, but it probably will.  When is the NCAA going to start penalizing the true culprits from now on?  Oh, wait, my man Pearl got nailed to the deck for his actions, so why doesn't Kiffin get his due.  This dude leaves a trail of stink wherever his goes.  Like my mom says, if it looks like sh**T, smells like sh**T, then it probably is SH**IT.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

What next i mean this Lane Kiffin and his staff did more damage in one year then you could ever imagine.We were so mad at him for leaving during the night and not coming out and talk to the media but now im so glad he left.We had a clean program under Majors,Fulmer,and now Dooley it just to bad that one man can do so much in one year to ruin the Tennessee name.
I dont think anything will happen to us but hopefully there is nothing else that will come out.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

"Plausible deniability" is such an indichtment of our culture.  We use it and abuse it in all levels of our business, political and personal life. Well known business, sports and political figures are worshipped by some of us for their skillful use of it.  What makes it so damning is that most of us consider it a smart business practice and a shrewd way of keeping even ourselves politically correct around "friends" and family.  And we think God loves us for operating "smartly?"  Honesty has become synonymous with planning to fail.  That is shameful and pathetic.  But most of us think its kinda funny, right?




Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

oh seriously if black america didnt blame white males for everything thats wrong in their life maybe theyd have a lil time to sit down  drink their 40 ouncer smoke a blunt and reflect on there own moral standards. but then again that would take away from all that positive time they spend with there homies



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Depending on the branch of military, basic training is only two or three months long.  That is a far cry from a 4 or 5 year scholarship to a major university.  Once basic training is over, the rich kids parents can buy him any new car he likes.  The poor kid is looking for a "buy here pay here" type of lot for his used car that he will have to finance on his own, or he will have to do like most young people in the military and hitch a ride to wherever whenever he can.  Not exactly equal there either. 




Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

 That has nothing to do with the NCAA system, it is called life. 

If the NCAA wants the system to be fair, and that is questionable, they wioulkd make it like the military is. When a person goes to basic training, they take theirself and nothing else. The reason, so all personel are equals.

There isn't much to know about slavery other than a slave works for and earns money for the slave owner while the slave owner provides food and housing for the slave.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

If the family of a recruit is wealthy, that recruit has a greater monetary ability to select which slavery institute he or she wants to provide their services to while a poor recriut sits home and decides. That sounds about right according to how things are done in the NCAA.Just like when Reggie Bush was driving his nice cars on and around the USC campus. If the parents of Bush would have bought him his cars, without money provided to them for producing a son with great football talent that equated to future earnings, everything would have been kosher. In the NCAA slavery system, it really pays for a recruit to have wealthy parents.

@truegrit--You may want to take a history class before coming here and talking about slavery.  Your comments are beyond stupid.  And, one is almost always better off having rich parents as opposed to poor ones.  That has nothing to do with the NCAA system, it is called life. 



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:55 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Okay I have a few questions.  When did the NCAA learn about this in relation to the investigation, hearing, and report about Tennessee?  If it was before the Committee of Infractions' report on Tennessee was issued and penalties handed it, then "repeat offender" label will be hard to stick to this situation because the NCAA and COI should have paused the process to add this information to the on-going case.

If the NCAA received this information after the COI's report and the penalties assessed to Tennesse announced, the next problem is how is this "repeat offender" situation?  The reason I ask is because this incident happened during a time frame that the NCAA already punished Tennessee on, not afterwards.

What I believe will happen is that Tennessee will offer to reduce the number of scholarships during their probation, I'm assuming 4 per year so, 8 overall.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:43 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

On unofficial visits, recruits and their families are responsible for all costs incurred, ....

If the family of a recruit is wealthy, that recruit has a greater monetary ability to select which slavery institute he or she wants to provide their services to while a poor recriut sits home and decides. That sounds about right according to how things are done in the NCAA.

Just like when Reggie Bush was driving his nice cars on and around the USC campus. If the parents of Bush would have bought him his cars, without money provided to them for producing a son with great football talent that equated to future earnings, everything would have been kosher. In the NCAA slavery system, it really pays for a recruit to have wealthy parents.


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