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Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:48 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Oregon has already paid Will Lyles $25,000 for his scouting services, the school's relationship with Lyles could end up costing a lot more than that. And I don't just mean the possible scholarships lost or the probation that the school might find itself on once the NCAA is done with this case. I mean the lawyer fees the school will have to pay to fight this case.

Oregon has hired Mike Glazier and three other attorneys from the law firm of Bond, Shoeneck and King to represent the school. Glazier is referred to as "The Cleaner" thanks to his work with schools in NCAA investigations, as Glazier is a former NCAA investigator. The man doesn't just help clean up the situation at your school, but he tends to clean out your wallet while he's at it.

It's estimated that hiring Glazier and company could end up costing Oregon upwards of $150,000, and that's just for the first seven months.

According to records obtained by The Register-Guard, maximum compensation for Bond, Schoeneck & King is capped at $150,000 during the initial period of the contract. The contract, which began March 7, is scheduled to conclude September 30. If it is extended, the maximum compensation could increase.

Glazier is making $330 an hour. Three other attorneys will bill amounts ranging from $205 to $300. Travel expenses are included in the maximum compensation.

That's six outdated recruiting reports that Oregon is going to end up paying Glazier and company, and he can't even help bring a blue chip running back or two to Eugene. 


Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: July 9, 2011 10:19 am

Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

Oregon was the most profitable athletic program in the US for the 2009-2010 season ... by a wide margin.  That was almost entirely due to contributions by Nike/Phil Knight ($74M vs $18M from ticket sales) - much larger than the total contributions to any other public school in the US.  [data from USAtoday]  Nike/Knight definitely has control of the program and the university.  (Unfortunately, the academics are below par.)  Saw reports that Oregon has already paid $300K to an NCAA-specialist lawyer nicknamed "The Cleaner".  So what is there to "clean"?

I doubt anything will be done by the NCAA either.  The NCAA is all about money and much of that comes from TV revenues.  Nike had a US advertising budget of $2.5 BILLION last year.  The NCAA is not going to take a chance at offending the hand that feeds them.  I don't expect Oregon will be treated with the same standards as Ohio State and USC.   The NCAA will take their time and eventually just give them a hand slap. 

Will Lyle's $25k, custom-made Air Jordans for a recruit, forging signatures on a LOI, a staffer providing a rental car to an unlicensed driver/player who then got stopped for driving 118mph, etc  - none of that will matter.   Nike wins.  Money Talks.  Oregon is immune. 

Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:19 am

Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

The university cut the check. Dead ducks. End of story.

Either Chippy wasn't forthcoming to the athletic department about what the funds were intended for and he gets fired. Or athletic dept cut the check showing an even higher level for lack of institutional control and stronger sanctions down the road. Lose lose. Kelly gets fired either way. Sanctions guaranteed too.

Bigger question is why would any Oregon fan would even want Chippy around anymore? Why in the world would you want an idiot capcable of this level of stupidity and decsion making running your program?

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 2:29 am

Will Lyles is a bit player

There are a few misconceptions around this Oregon story. People use the term "smoking gun", but it is not. It is not even a gun, more like a rubber band, Was Oregon foolish not to get written documentation as they went through the year? Probably. But no evidence has emerged that seems to be an NBAA rule violation sufficient to cause Oregon any real grief. Even the guy (Lyles) trying to 'get' Oregon for not renewing his contract admits that no recruit was influenced by him to attend there.

As far as attorney fees go, this is a minor blip. They are not in litigation so the real big bucks are not charged. Having competent counsel will likely help to ferret out the truth while avoiding the pitfalls. I am amazed at the hater attitude of Dennis Dodd and Gregg Doyle at Oregon. They draw parallels with Tressel and Ohio State and it is absurd and completely inappropriate. What do they say about Alabama and Auburn and LSU? They know the score but choose to make a big deal over a small problem (infraction).

Chip Kelly's job is not in jeopardy - despite what an Oregon State fans wants. Chip has worked with and through the compliance department and has received their blessing throughout. Will Oregon win the Pac-12? More likely than not. Will Oregon win the national championship? That may well hinge on beating LSU in Dallas. A tough task. Will Lyles is already an after thought. Let him twist in peace.

Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 2:07 am

Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

Um, since when is $330/hr a lot for an experienced attorney in a specialized field. A number of top litigators bill over $1,000/hr. Furthermore, many top firms bill over $300/hr for their first year associates. With the meager wages sportswriters are paid, I suppose it isn't a surprise that they would find this shocking. The bottom line is that $330/hr is a bargain for someone with Glazier's reputation.

Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:19 am

Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

Chip needs to leave ASAP. cheating piece of shit ! 
and I hope LSU kills the ducks ! 

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:03 am

Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

They have 20 different uniforms.  Do you think they have to worry about money? 

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 7:42 pm

Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

Sadly, Nike controls more than athletics at the U of O.  A U of O president tried to take issue with sub-standard working conditions in Indonesia and Phil stopped giving $ and only loosened up the purse strings after the Prez backtracked.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 6:03 pm

Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

Phil Knight is already starting to distance himself from Kelly and the program.  He wants to be able to step back in when a "new" head coach and regime takes over.  Phil is not a stupid man, unlike that FRAUD Chip Kelly.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 2:36 pm

Will Lyles could cost Oregon a lot more than 25K

Phil Knight will pay it anyways and im pretty damn sure he can pay that bill. Remember Oregon athletics is controlled completely by Nike

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