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Les Miles talks about the Will Lyles situation

Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As the NCAA continues to investigate Will Lyles and his ties with schools across the country -- with his relationship with Oregon garnering the most attention -- it's not just keeping its nose in the Pacific Northwest. The NCAA has also taken the time to talk with LSU and head coach Les Miles, as LSU has paid Lyles $26,000 since the 2008 season, including $6,000 in 2010. The same year that Oregon paid Lyles $25,000.

While there's no evidence to show that LSU's relationship with Lyles has been anything other than school and scout, it's not exactly the kind of attention any program wants right now, especially when most of what you hear or read about with Lyles has to do with him steering recruits to Oregon.

Les Miles spoke about the NCAA's visit to Baton Rouge on Sunday night while in New Orleans on a speaking tour.

"I think it's fundamental. I think it's necessary. We're going to comply. We're going to be very cooperative," Miles told the USA Today. "That's really all I can say."

Which, if we've learned anything about NCAA investigations around the country for the last year or so, is probably the best route to take. It's clear at this point that the best thing any school or coach can do is be honest with the NCAA. It's a lesson Jim Tressel had to learn the hard way recently at Ohio State, and could be one that Chip Kelly learns in the future depending on how the NCAA investigation at Oregon turns out. 

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Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:10 am
 

Les Miles talks about the Will Lyles situation

You've called my bluff? You want to see my evidence? Click the Will Lyles tag. Maybe then you'll see the article in which Lyles himself SAYS he helped get Lache Seastrunk to Oregon.

As for the line "when most of what you hear and read about with Lyles has to do with him steering recruits to Oregon," well, what have you heard about Lyles that is any different? Is there some feature on his special brownie recipe in Good Housekeeping that I'm not aware of? Because as far as I can tell, the only time anybody brings up the name Will Lyles is when it's regarding his relationship with Oregon and a number of other schools. And if you don't understand why no program in the country would want to hear their name associated with him at the moment, then you've just got your head buried in the sand.

Yellow journalism? Try reality. 



Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:53 am
 

Les Miles talks about the Will Lyles situation

i think lyles will cause the oregon  ducks big bad trouble. the ncaa is going to find trouble so if chip is smart be honest or he will be gone. nike billions should have paid and kept the payment away from the duck coffers. oh well nike money duck money it is dirty just like lyles has tarnished teams around the usa. need to keep these type dudes and companies away from colleges. the ncaa should provide this information to all schools and eliminate these kind of agent types. then no problems.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:46 am
 

Warning Yellow Journalism at work

Once again yellow journalism rises to the surface of CBSSports.com. Tom this is multiple times you have slandered programs by saying "most of what you hear about or read about". This is a standard for printing false information? That others have done it? It smells much worse than your allegations.

While there's no evidence to show that LSU's relationship with Lyles has been anything other than school and scout, it's not exactly the kind of attention any program wants right now, especially when most of what you hear or read about with Lyles has to do with him steering recruits to Oregon.
The reason I call you on this is the above. There is absolutely no evidence to show that Oregon's relationship was anything to do with steering recruits. Lyles (who is acting like a jilted lover) it angry because Oregon did not renew his contract. But even Lyles, while trying to smear Oregon in any way he can says he never influenced any athlete to attend Oregon or any other school. He is calling you  - Ton - a liar.

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Also in this story is the information that Lyles was paid, not $6,000, by LSU but $26,000. Going by CBSSports.com stories the material Lyles sold to schools was garbage. That might be so but then why give LSU a pass for paying even more than Oregon? Yellow journalism allows a writer to unfairly smear someone by applying different standards and referring to other's lies as if they are truth. This site has far more integrity than to condone such behavior (or does it?) Bring your evidence, Mr. Fornelli or stop the slander and innuendo and yellow journalism. Your credibility has suffered. Perhaps a retraction would be appropriate if you lack evidence. Time to call your bluff.



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Les Miles talks about the Will Lyles situation

That's it! Rush to judgement w/o proof. Make a minor infraction a major one because you think or somebody says.
   
 
    



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Les Miles talks about the Will Lyles situation

I find it amazing that the NCAA continues to see situations and it takes forever for them to determine whether violations were committed. Is there anyone outside of the LSU "family" that doesn't think Les Miles cheats? Is there anyone outside of the Tiger "family" that doesn't think there have been a number of major violations committed at Auburn? Is there anyone other than the Oregon faithful that doesn't think this Lyles thing stinks to high heaven? And, truthfully, is there anyone other than those Buckeye "Nuts", pun intended, that doesn't think we have only seen the tip of their iceberg? It goes all the way back to when Barry Switzer roamed the college sidelines. There wasn't a college football fan alive that didn't believe there was major cheating going on there. I find the whole process ridiculous, cumbersome, and largely ineffective. Bobby Knight said the best when he said that if the NCAA had planned the Normandy invasion, we would have landed in Portugal.


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