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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: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:35 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Great.  This should also fall back on Kiffen.  He should also receive the death penalty and not be able to coach again since this was under his leadership as head coach of the vols. 


tiredofcrap2
Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:34 am
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Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:32 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Tennessee does NOT have a dirty program.  Under Johnny Majors there was none of this junk going on.  Under Philip Fulmer there was none of this junk going on.  Under Derek Dooley, there is none of this junk going on.  This was 1 dirty coach at Tennessee and his tenure with the Volunteers lasted exactly 1 season.  And guess what....Tennessee fired the Athletic Director who hired hired him!

As for Bruce Pearl, he wasn't (and isn't) dirty.  He just panicked and made a dumb decision when asked about a cookout with recruits at his house.  The cookout itself would have been a minor violation.  But when he lied to the NCAA about the cookout, then it became a major violation.



Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:20 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Spoken like a true Cane's fan...trying to deflect and justify proven incidents of cheating at your school by pointing to other programs. I guess the student-athletes getting arrested every day in Tallahassee and Gainesville, and other places too are not poor, broke, college kids who have no ability to fight the system...only the cheaters. Thanks...you have proven once again you just can't spell scum without UM. 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:52 am
 

Poor Knoxville

UT athletics are all sports fans have to do in Knoxville.  If they get the death penalty, will they finally stop whining about Charles Woodson winning "Peyton Manning's Heisman?"



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:09 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

DEATH PENALTY!  DEATH PENALTY! DEATH PENALTY!

GET THE PITCHFORKS AND TORCHES!  BAN THEM FOR 5 YEARS!  DEATH PENALTY!

Meanwhile, more "student-athletes" get arrested in Tallahassee and Gainesville every day.  Other places too, but those are always in the news.

Where are the priorities?  Oh, I forgot, they are on winning and making money on the backs of poor, broke college kids who have no ability to fight the system, not on getting "student-athletes" their education . . .

The NCAA should get the death penalty.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:03 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Yep, Tennessee is still a dirty program.  DEATH PENALTY!!!




Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:02 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Tennessee + Miami = 1 game suspension.........Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Bosie State got hammered for far less.



Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:39 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Adam,

Ask Jerry Hinnen, Auburn wanted Mike Dyer and Marcus Lattimore over Seastrunk.  Auburn backed off of Seastrunk in order to try and get both Lattimore and Dyer.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:14 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

The NCAA is plunging college football down the toilet. All this crap backspraying up is showing that A) The NCAA cannot effectively maintain law & order, B) A lot of their regulations are arbitrary and unecessarily constraining (not in the UT case, but in many others). They don't have a clear direction other than maintaining huge corporate and television contracts. It's disturbing to watch. 

My two cents. 


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