Tag:Will Lyles
Posted on: May 11, 2011 7:13 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 7:18 pm

NCAA looking closer at third parties

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NCAA hosted a Mock "Enforcement Experience" on Tuesday for several media members in order to better explain how the entire process works. CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd was among those in attendance.

While the day was mostly centered on how the enforcement staff goes about its business and how a case goes to the Committee on Infractions, reporters did get a chance to talk to NCAA President Mark Emmert and Vice President for Enforcement Julie Roe Lach. One of the topics that was broached were issues of third parties involving themselves in recruiting.

"Who are these individuals? We're trying to get our arms around that," Roe Lach told The Birmingham News. "And do we do it through legislation or some other means? I imagine there will be some sort of rule change. But it's not a quick fix. It's going to be a multi-faceted solution."

The NCAA sent a select number of the enforcement staff to gather information on the ground at camps and combines around the country earlier this spring. Of particular concern were 7-on-7 events turning into football's version of the AAU basketball scene.

At the heart of the matter are individuals such as Will Lyles, who has been involved in probes at Oregon, LSU and Texas A&M, who act as a go between for highly recruited athletes, their parents and coaches. On top of gathering information about such individuals, defining them for possible legislative proposals is becoming an issue for the association.

"How do you capture that in a definition?" Rachel Newman Baker, NCAA director of agent, gambling and amateurism, said. "The first definition we sent to (the Amateurism Cabinet) they felt was too broad and captured too many people. So now we're trying to narrow that."

The hopes of many at the NCAA is that the definition of an agent will become more sophisticated and that legislation will be introduced that separates legitimate agents and runners or third parties that the NCAA is really targeting.

Really, the only question is not if the NCAA plans on doing something but when. Emmert said in December he would support emergency legislation closing some loopholes and to redefine who an agent is. So far no such emergency legislation has been introduced into the legislative cycle but Emmert called for changes once again on Tuesday.

Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:41 am

5/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

What a great 24 hours for this country with the news of Osama bin Laden's death last night. For more on the story, be sure to check CBS News for the latest on the raid and the entire story of how it went down. On to the recruiting links though:

- Will Lyles talked with Jason Whitlock about his recruiting service and denies influencing several players in a podcast, here's a quick summary.

- Lots of updates involving South Carolina and Clemson to go along with wide receiver Shaq Roland possibly making his commitment soon.

- It's a good year for offensive tackles and here's details on a few of them.

- Sophomore defensive end D.J. Ward picked up an offer from Texas A&M.

- West Virginia is recruiting Texas talent in hopes of competing with TCU in the Big East.

Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:12 am

3/31 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Safe to say NCAA President Mark Emmert's speech at the Final Four will be well attended after the recent Frontline and HBO Real Sports programs this week.

- An ESPN report says Texas A&M was told they had to pay $80,000 to Will Lyles in order to land coveted recruit Patrick Patterson.

- Keller (Texas) offensive tackle Simon Goines could be close to a Missouri offer.

- Atlanta (Ga.) corner Geno Smith likes the way Georgia's number four jersey looks on him.

- Linebacker Kwontie Moore and quarterback Zeke Pike will be visiting Arkansas starting on Friday.

- Allen (Texas) quarterback Alec Morris is drawing interest from SMU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State among others.

Posted on: March 14, 2011 9:22 am

3/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Not a ton of links today, I think there's some basketball thing that is taking up everybody's time.

- Quarterback Mike Tamburo is transferring to Georgia from Boise State.

- 2013 quarterback Kevin Anderson was one of the standouts at the Elite 11 this past weekend and he was glad to get the attention.

- Abram Elam, a safety for the Cleveland Browns, thinks Palm Beach Country is the fastest in the country. Based on the NFLers in the article, he may not be far off.

- FoxSports.com has more on the issue of street agents and 7-on-7 tournaments. Part one is on reputed street agent Will Lyles; part two on the recruitment of Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk; part three on 7-on-7 tournaments and part four on the long and winding road of tight end Chis Barnett.

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