Blog Entry

Chip Kelly addresses Will Lyles situation

Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 2:34 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

LOS ANGELES -- Chip Kelly knew it was coming. The Oregon head coach had not spoken with the media extensively about the NCAA investigation into Will Lyles and his recruiting service but carefully avoided answering anything related to the matter despite being peppered with questions about it at Pac-12 Media Days.

"Obviously, I know the one question everybody is waiting to have answered is," Kelly said. "We sent out a release earlier concerning on -- we have great respect for the NCAA in terms of their review and examination of our use of recruiting services and we've cooperated fully with them and will continue to cooperate with them.

"As head coach of this program and of this football program, we're held accountable for everything we do. So we look forward to, when we can, I'd love to talk about it. There are a lot of answers I'd love to make sure we can get out there."

Though several recruits have said they are taking a wait-and-see approach with Oregon and the NCAA, Kelly eased Ducks fans' fears about the program's recruiting sliding.

"I haven't had to address it with the recruits right now," he said. "We're coming off back-to-back Pac-10 championships as we move into a brand-new league with a brand-new television contract, it's a bright future for us. We had a berth in the Rose Bowl, we had a berth in the National Championship Game. And I understand from the kids we've talked to, our recruit something going very, very well."

Kelly added that he has not made significant changes to how he recruits or how his staff goes about evaluating players. In regards to Lyles in particular, who Kelly has had frequent contact with in the past, the quick talker was not concerned with the outside perception of Oregon or other schools doing business with him.

"I can't speak to what any other school has done with him," Kelly said. "I know he deals with 80-some odd schools and what other services he's been involved with. But I know how we dealt with them. But again, I've got to defer to. -- I'd love to talk about it. And when we have a chance after the report comes out, I'll be able to clear up any questions that anybody has about the whole situation."


Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:15 am

Chip Kelly addresses Will Lyles situation

If this sounds like a coach in a bunker, perhaps you have not seen a coach in a bunker (fearful of losing his job.) I submit that lying to the NCAA is not in evidence here. I do not believe payment of $180k for the enrollment of a player is not in evidence here. It is apparent that Lyles wants to hurt Oregon because they dropped him after one year. And even Lyles says he never influenced a player as to where to sign so that is not in evidence here.

Chip Kelly is not ducking and covering because he is either 1) trying to brazen it out; or 2) he is genuinely not worried about it because there is no substance and no violation committed. You pick but my gut tells me that he is fine. That there will be zero violations charged to Oregon. A compliance committee that cannot find it in their hearts briefcases (they have no hearts) to penalize Ohio State will not have any problem giving Oregon a clean slate. Of course Dodd and Doyel will be furious that their campaign to throw mud even when they have no mud to throw has been exposed.

I am getting excited for football season and want all this summer rubbish to get swept up and disposed of, either way. There no longer exists an expectation that NCAA President Emmert will actually change the climate. There is no reason to be watching, what the media say are dead caucuses, run the 100 yard sprints. Lets get ready for some football.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or