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Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 11:33 am

It turns out Oregon was that dumb.

It did get in bed with a talent scout to lure tailback Lache Seastrunk to Oregon if you draw the thinnest of conclusions from Friday's Yahoo! Sports story. It turns out that talent scout/mentor/third party/opportunist Will Lyles did essentially Photoshop a national recruiting package together follow Yahoo! Sports' initial report.

I didn't think Oregon could be so dumb. I was wrong.

The report details what is clearly a close relationship between Oregon and Lyles. The story says relationship with Chip Kelly goes back to 2007. The NCAA won't even have to try hard to classify Lyles as a representative of the university's athletic interests. In other words, a booster.

The tragedy of it is, Oregon and Kelly didn't have to do any of this. The program had the support of Nike behind it. Kelly himself is a heck of a coach and a tireless recruiter, although even that label must now be in question.

This isn't a case of the media fireflies being drawn to an upstart championship contender. The likes of Kelly, Jim Tressel and Bruce Pearl are making it too easy for us. They're sloppy and arrogant in their alleged wrongdoing. Think about how simpler life would be for Tressel if he had merely walked down the hall to his athletic director with those emails. Pearl would still be coaching if he told the truth. Kelly didn't need Seastrunk that badly. So far, the kid hasn't panned out.

Instead, he allegedly funneled tens of thousands of dollars to a shady character with a relationship to a recruit. My God, it's Texas football. There's plenty to go around for everyone. Was Seastrunk worth it? We know now the answer is no.

Fallout? According to the story, the NCAA has already been in to talk to Lyles. But Lyles said they didn't ask specific questions that Yahoo! Sports did (go figure). You can bet they'll be back in wanting to see Lyles' emails and phone records too. Why wouldn't he cooperate? Lyles has the morals of a slug anyway. It looks to me that the only reason he rolled on Oregon was that they weren't going to pay him again.

Be very concerned Duck Nation. Oregon is in line for major penalties, the kind that burn a program to the ground. USC-like. Kelly's job could be in jeopardy. This is not USC looking the other way while Reggie Bush took money, this is a willful attempt to gain a recruiting and competitive advantage.

Can anyone win big without cheating? The question remains unanswered.




Category: NCAAF
Tags: NCAA, Oregon

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 2:16 am

Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

With each passing day, USC looks more and more like one of the cleanest programs in the nation. Reggie getting paid to leave USC??? All these other schools are paying to GET players??? Wonder what the ncaa is gonna do now.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 2:07 am

Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

How stupid can you be Oregon? You don't even try to cover it up until the last minute, and then you give out a 2 year old zerox photo-copy of some recruiting info! Oh and 1 of the player in the report isn't even alive. This has to be one of the laziest efforts in covering up violations ever.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:27 am

Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

Fire Kelly! Oregon does not need that smug little man around to have a successful football program. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 9:50 pm

Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

Let's all take a step back from the ledge. I like the ducks and I hope this goes away quickly (espn, we need you to bury the guy!). This is not OSU, this is a reputable program - no slime (yet).

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 7:36 pm

Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

Sounds like Lyles is really pissed that Oregon won't buy his 2012 recruiting package for another $25,000. That's why he's rolling on the ducks.(which makes me question his honesty) This guy's story is all over the place. a couple of weeks ago he gives a radio interview saying he gave Oregon a first-rate recruiting package, a couple of months ago he's interviewed by the NCAA but tells them somthing different than what he tells Yahoo, now he's ratting on the ducks. which story do we believe? Seems like this guys credibility is questionable.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:20 pm

Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

Huskey, they do have a story on their website, so it doesn't look like they've issued one of their infamous "do not reports" on this story.  The headline does make it sound less serious than it potentially is, though.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:34 pm

Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

Two questions actually

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:34 pm

Will Lyles drops a big, ol' dime on Oregon

This does not look good at all. One question though... Why is ESPN not reporting this? Is Nike giving too much money to ESPN?

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