Posted by Tom Fornelli
Oregon is not the only school that has paid Complete Scouting Services director Willie Lyles in recent years, though it appears the school was paying much more than the others that Lyles worked with.
According to a report in The Oregonian, Lyles sold similar packages to both Cal and LSU, though neither school paid nearly as much.
Lyles billed California $5,000 for what is described on the invoice as the Complete Scouting Services' "2010 National Package."
On the invoice, it appears nearly identical to the CSS "2011 National Package" for which Oregon paid Lyles $25,000.
The invoices indicate that both the 2010 and 2011 packages include game film and highlight film from the same 22 states.
LSU paid Lyles $6,000 for what the invoice detailed as the "2010 JUCO perState Package" that included game film from California and Kansas junior colleges.
Obviously, this is yet another revelation that doesn't look very good for Oregon. Lyles has already said that what Oregon was paying him for was his access and influence with highly recruited players like LaMichael James and Lache Seastrunk, two players Lyles claims to have helped steer toward Oregon. The fact that Oregon paid five times as much as fellow Pac-12 school Cal did for essentially the same package gives Lyles claims a bit more weight behind them.
That is, unless we're supposed to believe that Oregon just tips really well.