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Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 1:24 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you're an Oregon fan you may want to pour yourself a drink and sit down before you continue reading any further.

In a report released by Yahoo on Friday, Will Lyles -- the "street agent" who has been the subject of an NCAA investigation at Oregon in recent months -- detailed his relationship with Oregon in helping the school land recruits like LaMichael James and Lache Seastrunk amongst others with Yahoo's Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel. Amongst the things talked about is the $25,000 the school paid Lyles for recruiting reports that eventually turned out to be a few years old, and things don't look good for Oregon if Lyles' side of the story is true.
Embattled scouting service owner Will Lyles told Yahoo! Sports that University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly personally approved a controversial $25,000 fee that sparked an ongoing NCAA investigation and was in constant contact as Lyles provided the Ducks with recruiting assistance that may have violated NCAA rules.

In a wide-ranging, multi-day interview, Lyles said Kelly "scrambled" in late February and asked Lyles to submit retroactive player profiles to justify the $25,000 payment to his company, just days before the transaction was revealed in a March 3 Yahoo! Sports report. Lyles also provided details of his fledgling company – Complete Scouting Services (CSS) – as well as the extent of his relationship with numerous Texas high school stars and his role in Ducks' recruitment of certain prospects.

Lyles insists Oregon did not make a direct request or payment to steer recruits to Eugene. However, he now says Oregon did not pay him for his work as a traditional scout, but for his influence with top recruits and their families and his ability to usher prospects through the signing and eligibility process. That dual role as mentor to prospects and paid contractor to Oregon is believed to be a focus of the NCAA probe.

"I look back at it now and they paid for what they saw as my access and influence with recruits," Lyles said. "The service I provided went beyond what a scouting service should … I made a mistake and I'm big enough of a man to admit I was wrong."
While Chip Kelly declined to comment on the story, Oregon spokesman Dave Williford said that the school's stance "hasn't changed from our original statement" and the the school believes "it did nothing wrong." A statement that is contradicted by Lyles saying that Oregon's assistant director of football operations Josh Gibson played a role in bringing Lache Seastrunk to Eugene.
Lyles said Oregon's assistant director of football operations, Josh Gibson, had direct knowledge – and played an ancillary role – in Lyles helping Temple (Texas) High School star Lache Seastrunk petition to have his grandmother, rather than his mother, sign his national letter of intent with the Ducks in February 2010. Seastrunk's mother, who expressed opposition to her son about attending Oregon, otherwise could have blocked the signing.

"Indirectly I played a pivotal role in [Seastrunk signing with Oregon]," Lyles said.
The report then goes on to detail how Lyles helped a number of players make their way to Oregon, including having LaMichael James transfer to a school in Arkansas during his final semester of high school so that he wouldn't have to take a standardized test that could have affected his eligibility to play college football. Lyles also said that Chip Kelly, who was then Oregon's offensive coordinator, believed the transfer was a "great idea."

All in all, there's a whole lot in the Yahoo report that does not shine a good light on Oregon and it's relationship with Lyles. I recommend heading over there to read the entire thing. That is, unless you're an Oregon fan. If that's the case you should probably just pour yourself another drink. 

As for the school's reaction to the story, athletic director Rob Mullens released a statement on Friday night.

“The University of Oregon athletic department has and will continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA inquiry,” said Mullens. “Our department is committed to helping the NCAA in any way possible and until their work is complete, we are unable to comment further.

“Oregon athletics remains committed to operating a program of integrity.” 
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:44 am
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

Somebody taken a bunch of outstanding programs on that point. Used to a quest in a very relationship and then knowledgeable the majority peoples products would certainly go along employing your webpage.



Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

Objectively, this is not as bad as Ohio St. nor Auburn.

Chip Kelly (according to Lyles) never asked him to push players toward Oregon.  He didn't request favoritism or say "You send me recruits and you'll get a pay day".  Lyles pushed recruits there on his own.

Oregon didn't go Auburn and pay a player to come to their school.
Oregon didn't go Ohio St. and allow players to get away with murder and then try and cover it up.



You call that objectively.  When did an osu player commit murder?  You are out of your freakin mind, son if you think that a coach who paid 25k for recruits and then sent the ncaa bogus info (LIES) to cover his ass is less of a deal than hiding emails about players selling their rings.  YOU ARE DELUSIONAL.



Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

Objectively, this is not as bad as Ohio St. nor Auburn.

Chip Kelly (according to Lyles) never asked him to push players toward Oregon.  He didn't request favoritism or say "You send me recruits and you'll get a pay day".  Lyles pushed recruits there on his own.

Oregon didn't go Auburn and pay a player to come to their school.
Oregon didn't go Ohio St. and allow players to get away with murder and then try and cover it up.

Chip Kelly rewarded Lyles for something he did on his own.

So on the scale of badness they aren't as bad as Ohio St. or Auburn (or Southern Cal).

Chip Kelly has always been a guy who punishes his players for infractions and has even kicked a few good players off the team.  Which is the exact opposite of what went on at Ohio St.  Heck, Oregon's All-American Kick Returner and stud DB is suspended for the opener because he got caught speeding and driving with a suspended liscense.  Not beating his girlfriend, driving drunk, or doing blow... speeding and driving with a suspended liscense.

I'm not saying the guy is a Saint by any means, but he's not a guy who lets his players get away with infractions.  He's a strict disciplinarian.  Comparing him and The Sweatervest is silly. 



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

You think LSU is "even more excited" about playing the ducks now?  LOL, the Tigers have mixed themselves in the same business with the same guy.  The whole cream of the SEC crop creates success by skating the edge of the rules.  You don't think they'll get the hammer too?  It would be a crime against football if only Oregon gets punished as an example for doing this.



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

Thank goodness it wasn't tats and a lie...or else they would be in trouble.  Bye Bye Chet.  I mean Chip.  Hope ESPN spends lots of time on this and digs the sh*t out of this story like they did to us Buckeye fans.



Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:13 am
 

duck hunting season

dead duckLaughing



Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:05 am
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

I was worried Nike had something to do with this...

I beat LSU is even more excited about Sept. 3rd Cool 



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2011 9:51 am
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

If these allegations are indeed found to be true, Oregon should endure the necessary penalties and pay the essential fines.  On that note, there are about FIFTY of these "Lyles characters" down here in South Florida as well as at least another dozen in Atlanta.

If the NCAA is going to pursue Oregon - and they should - they need to be balanced in their enforcement.



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:59 am
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

It use to irritate Oregon fans when a UW fan would voice there opinion. With a 12-4 record over the last 17 years and a 7 game streak, we've all but forgotten about either team from the north. Hold on to your past bacause I can't see it turning around for a LONG time.



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 2:18 am
 

Lyles talks about his relationship with Oregon

Hey duck that likes to quack.... win a Rose Bowl (been since 1917) or a national championship to bark with the dawgs! I knew something was fishy when you were pulling recruits from texas and the east coast. You guys were the bottom scum of the league for decades upon decades. Its like if Minnesota were to rule the Big Ten or Kentucky taking over the SEC. You guys are gonna get the hammer and I love it!



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