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A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

Posted on: April 1, 2011 2:27 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The whirlpool of scandal surrounding increasingly-notorious Texas recruiting scout Willie Lyles has gotten wider this week, as former Texas A&M assistant (and current Tulsa coach) Van Malone claimed that Lyles shopped the services of future All-American Patrick Peterson while Malone recruited Peterson (then called Patrick Johnson) to College Station.

That report has prompted swift denials from everyone involved except for Lyles, starting with Peterson yesterday and continuing through Texas A&M today. Aggie officials say that despite Malone's claims, he never passed that information along to A&M compliance or anyone else currently at the school:
A&M spokesman Alan Cannon said he talked earlier today with Aggies’ athletics director Bill Byrne and that school officials researched the possibility of a relationship with Lyles’ recruiting service dating back as far as the start of the Dennis Franchione era, which began in December, 2002. Cannon said no evidence was found and A&M officials consider this “a non-issue.”

“No one currently in the Texas A&M athletics department was aware of any conversations between former assistant coach Van Malone and Willie Lyles regarding payments to secure prospective players,” Cannon said. “Our business records show no financial relationship with Willie Lyles or his recruiting services. We consider this a non-issue from Texas A&M’s standpoint.”

It seems likely enough that with Peterson eventually going to LSU, A&M (unlike Oregon) won't be caught in Lyles' investigative wake. (Though could Malone? Failing to report Lyles' request to compliance could be a violation in itself, as Jim Tressel could tell you.)

But can the same be said for Peterson? The potential No. 1 overall draft pick claimed yesterday to have no relationship whatsoever with Lyles.

That statement, though, seems to have been contradicted by this 2007 recruiting story at Rivals, in which Peterson discussed an unofficial visit to College Station and mentioned a Houston-based "friend" of his father's he and his father visited. The writer of the story, Brian Perroni, has confirmed that the "friend" in question was in fact Willie Lyles. According to Malone, Lyles' request for $80,000 came shortly after that visit ... and after that request was denied, the official visit to A&M Peterson says he planed on making never occurred.

Was that anything more than coincidence? Recruiting visits both official and unofficial are often scheduled and unscheduled at a moment's notice, both Peterson and his father are clearly adamant they had nothing to do with Lyles' request, and of course at this time no one (Malone included) has yet accused the Petersons of having anything to do with Lyles' alleged solicitation. Unless something much more concrete emerges, neither Peterson nor LSU will be in any danger from the NCAA.

But given that the Petersons likely had some sort of relationship with Lyles, it's not time to be certain just yet that that something isn't out there.


Comments

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:06 am
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

Liles wife denies a relationship with Willie.



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 10:24 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

What does that have to do with football? Have I brought up any Aggie violations besides football?





It has to do with a school cheating Gomer. Bring up whatever sport you want about A&M. The bottom line here is the last school caught cheating was TU.



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 10:22 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

Not after the SMU mess was over. You guys were the only one I can remember...


A&M won 10 of 11 between 1984 and 1994. TU was placed on probation right in the heart of that period in 1987 for the two following years. Take your asterisk dummy and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:03 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

TU didn't have any sanctions then or anyone else in the conference either?
Not after the SMU mess was over. You guys were the only one I can remember...




Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:02 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

So if you get your arse kicked 10 out of 11 times it doesn't count? LMBO..I suppose you had to justify stuff like that in your mind when you were a bathroom towel attendant at Northgate every time some Aggie freshman took you out back and wore your arse out.
It counts but with a big ole * beside it...

As far as getting my arse wore out I stay away from those F man cheerleaders to keep my butt cherry safe!!!



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:00 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

What does that have to do with football? Have I brought up any Aggie violations besides football?



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:59 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

What else coincides with this perior???


TU didn't have any sanctions then or anyone else in the conference either?



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:52 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

From 1984 to 1994 Texas was 1-10 against A&M. Thats almost a third of the wins A&M has in its entire history against Texas. What else coincides with this perior???Hmmm...



So if you get your arse kicked 10 out of 11 times it doesn't count? LMBO..I suppose you had to justify stuff like that in your mind when you were a bathroom towel attendant at Northgate every time some Aggie freshman took you out back and wore your arse out.



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:50 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

Why don't you tell everyone why the only sustained success A&M has had against Texas in its history is coincidently when they have had major recruiting violations. Texas has had its share of embarassing moments of cheating and not saying otherwise. Luckily for us though the two coaches who have brought Texas the most success have been about as clean as you can get at a major program. A&M on the other hand always seems to have something to hide when winning...


And if you think their hasn't been cheating under ole yellow teeth's watch then you are even more ignorant than I thought.




Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:48 pm
 

A&M says no contact with Lyles, but Peterson ...

BTW whorn blower, if TU learned their lesson before 1994, then why did they have the NCAA put them on probation for 2 years in 2002  for violations of NCAA bylaws governing the standards of honesty by a former volunteer assistant coach and the responsibility to monitor by the university. As I recall thee baseball team lost some schollies, they had 2 years probabtion, and were publicly reprimanded. Inquiring minds like to know...


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