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Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:05 pm
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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.

Keep it here with CBSSports.com for more news and analysis as this story develops.
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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

jngkat--These scouting services have been around for quite some time.  They did not really come to light until Oregon paid Lyles $25k or something like that.  The NCAA has already declared them legal; at least for what they say they do.  If the scouting service asked for money to deliver a kid, then yes, definitely, the coach should turn them in.  The alternative is to just keep turning a blind eye towards corruption in the college game.  I trust you are not advocating that. 



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

The problem ScUM had was the players were doing the reporting.  I have not heard that from any other school.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Michigan cheated and overpracticed their players.  Kill the program!  What? Oh, wrong topic? 

GO BLUE!



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

LSU paid $6000 for a DVD, from a scouting service, and this Texas A&M turned down the chance to bid on a then high school athlete, from also a recruiting service, and the coach should report a violation! as you said no money changed hands. why is LSU paying anything for a dvd! sounds like a double standard to me. also there must be a market for these recruitment services, where is the NCAA, they must know about them.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

I said the NCAA should talk to this guy.  I did not suggest he was corrupt.  If the coach would have come forward, Lyles may have been out of college football for the last four years.  But, because nobody did anything, the guy is still around and college football appears to be worse off for it.  Telling someone that is corrupt to take a hike is not doing anyone any favors.  They will just move the corruption elsewhere.  If it is not already an NCAA rule, it needs to become one.  If you know of something wrong, you must report it.  Of course, then people will just call you a snitch or whatever, so then, the corruption will continue.  We cannot have it both ways, we either want to clean up the sport or we do not. 



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

This coach DID do something.  He told this Lytle dude to "Go take a hike"


But isnt it the coaches responsibility to report all potential violations to the NCAA? 





Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Here is the deal 571--The A&M coach says he knows of wrongdoing, while no one else has admitted to any such thing.  The guy knew, and did nothing about it.  That is not how you clean up the problem.  I did not blame any team, I blamed the coach.  Anyone associated with college sports that knows of any wrongdoing has to be forced to come forward, or the mess will never been cleaned up.  I am sure the NCAA will be talking with this coach soon enough.


This coach DID do something.  He told this Lytle dude to "Go take a hike" and continued to recruit Peterson the proper way.  Now maybe you're right, and he should have blown the whistle back then.  But not everyone has the same impecable scruples that you seem to have.  Just because he didn't report it to anyone doesn't mean he's corrupt like you suggest.  Doesn't mean the NCAA should investigate him.  They'd be more inclined to investigate LSU further to get a clear picture of their relationship to this Lytle fellow is.  Maybe they will talk to the A&M coach too, as a witness, but nothing more. 



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

If any of what that coach said is true then he himself should be fired.  He was a coach and covered up a violation (the NCAA should suspend him for that at least).  But for Tulsa how can you trust your head of recuiting if he keeps quiet about violations for 4 years?? 



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

LSU,  I am not an Aggie's guy! just a fan of college football, but you sure have stirred up a hornets nest, but it is fun going back and forth!



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

the NCAA keeps finding new issues at OSU, USC vacated a BCS championship, and so on and so on.  All of the conferences are corrupt, but the SEC just does it better.

You mean does it more.  As far as I know, tOSU has not been accused of paying for players yet.  I am not saying they have not I am just saying there is nothing saying they did.


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