Tag:Oregon Investigation
Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: June 24, 2011 3:51 pm

Oregon hired notable NCAA lawyer in March

Posted by Chip Patterson

The NCAA's latest high profile interest, thanks to some new details regarding scouting packages from Willie Lyles, is the Oregon football program. With the investigators just getting to work in Eugene, the school has made big moves to bring in some of the best legal assistance in the industry.

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens confirmed to The Register-Guard on Thursday that the school retained the services of Bond, Schoeneck & King in March. Those services will be handled most notably by Michael Glazier, who leads the Collegiate Sports Practice Group - a division of the law firm that has gained notoriety for representing schools in cases regarding NCAA infractions.

Glazier, formerly a member of the NCAA's enforcement staff, has built a reputation as "the Cleaner" for his ability to help guilty schools lessen the blow of major violations on the program. Often his strategy includes admitting violations and being pro-active with self-imposed penalties. In the case of Oregon, Mullen says that Glazier was retained to help Oregon proceed with NCAA inquiries.

"As is prudent in a specialized matter, the university has consulted with outside counsel," Mullens wrote in his email to The Register-Guard. "In March, Mike Glazier was retained and has assisted UO in providing the NCAA all the information they have requested."

For Oregon, the move was more than prudent. There have been reports of ways that other investigations recently could have been aided with more/better legal advice, and it is hard to get better than Mike Glazier. His reputation and presence on campus by no means indicates any guilt/innocence on Oregon's part, but if the Ducks do face potential violations Glazier is the man you want in your corner.

UPDATE: CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd has also confirmed the news and spoke with Glazier today.  Click here for more on this story 
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:05 pm

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Posted by Chip Patterson

While the college football world hung onto every word of the Wednesday night's episode of Real Sports on HBO, there was another recruiting bomb dropped on the SEC. A report on ESPN.com indicates that a former Texas A&M football coach was told that the Aggies would need to "beat" $80,000 to sign former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Von Malone, the former defensive backs coach at Texas A&M and now recruiting coordinator for Tulsa, told ESPN.com that Willie Lyles contacted him in 2007 to let the Aggies know that in order to sign Peterson they would likely have to pay for his services.

"A few days after the kid's visit, Will calls and says, 'If you want this kid, there are other schools that want this kids as well. They're willing to pay a certain amount of money, around the $80,000 mark,'" Malone said. "He said that was something we were going to have to beat as a university to be able to obtain the services of this kid."

Lyles runs a Texas-based recruiting service that is currently the center of an NCAA investigation regarding their relationship with Oregon and running back Lache Seastrunk. Oregon has confirmed that they paid $25,000 to Lyles' company for the recruiting services, not for Seastrunk - who ended up committing to the Ducks.

LSU officials have not made a comment, the SEC was too busy handling the HBO special to make a comment. However, Peterson's father Patrick, Sr. did make a comment to the WWL.

"This is my first time hearing this. This is a shocker," Peterson Sr. told ESPN. "It could have happened. It could have come out of [Lyles'] mouth, that's what happens. These guys try to make money on their own, they are kind of like escort services. That's what I call them, escort services."

This can't be good for Les Miles and LSU, who are picked by many to be favorites to reclaim the SEC West in 2011. The school has confirmed earlier they paid $6,000 for a scouting DVD from Complete Scouting Services, a company that employs Lyles.

At this point, any association to Lyles is going to come under the microscope. This report from Malone only starts another small fire in his network. The last 12 months in college football have been filled with cases regarding improper associations. This latest development suggests we are nowhere close to the end.

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