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Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 3:41 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk has signed the financial aid papers and started the process necessary to join the Baylor football team. The former five-star recruit and Texas-native is thrilled to be back in his home state, and discussed the decision to leave Oregon in an interview with 1660 ESPN Radio in Waco.

"I felt like God wanted me to be [at Oregon]," Seastrunk said. "But God will also pull you out of the storm before it happens. I felt like something was about to go down, and God wanted me to get up out of there."

That "storm" that could go down at Oregon started with the NCAA's interest in Seastrunk's relationship with Texas businessman Will Lyles. Lyles, who has offered recruiting services to multiple FBS schools including LSU, Cal, and the Ducks, received $25,000 from Oregon for a recruiting package. Lyles, himself, claims that Oregon was really paying for access and influence to highly recruited Texas-natives like Seastrunk and current Oregon running back LaMichael James.

In fairness to Seastrunk, a big part of him wanting to return to his home state is the health of his grandparents. Later in the interview (you can listen to it HERE) Seastrunk credits his grandparents for a being a big part of his current success. But his decision to leave Oregon before any NCAA allegations ("something was about to go down") have been made does seem rather convenient.

There is also the issue of Seastrunk's eligibility. In the interview, the redshirt freshman said he would plead the case of his grandparents health in order to receive immediate eligibility with the Bears. But there may be another option. As CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer suggested, the NCAA may choose to use the same "limited immunity" tool with Seastrunk that was likely used with the former Miami players like Purdue's Robert Marve and Kansas State's Arthur Brown, among others. Seastrunk could offer the NCAA information on his relationship with Lyles, and in return possibly obtain the eligibility he is looking for at Baylor.

Regardless of the process, Seastrunk's comments suggest that the NCAA is closing in on Oregon/Lyles. He saw the warning signs in the sky, and decided it was a good time to skip town. Something tells me the intermission is coming to a close and the next act in this particular NCAA-related scandal is about to begin.

Getcha popcorn ready.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:03 am
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

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Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 6:39 am
 

HUGE grain of salt...

"Getcha popcorn ready", Mr. Patterson?

How utterly classless. Enjoy a little schadenfreude to make you feel better about yourself, do ya?

As to the case at hand, I'm sure the kid was homesick, and that he wants to be there for his folks. But what is also clear is that the young man couldn't stand being 5th string.

To throw his former teammates under the bus like that does not speak well of his judgment. It's not a stretch to imagine that someone who could say such reckless, selfish things about his former "Bros" would tell the NCAA whatever he thought might get him what he wants.




Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:14 am
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

Astroboy wrote: What is even funnier is that Seastrunk started going down on the depth chart just as the Lyles Street Agent case started to surface.  Coincidence???      If I wasn't so gullible, I would have thought that Chip Kelly sought to marginalize Seastrunk so he'd leave the program. You know, by burrying him in the depth chart and not coaching him, so he'd feel out of favor and would want to leave on his own?      Somehow in Chips mind if Seastrunk is portrayed as such a terrible player and leaves Oregon "on his own", then Willy Lyes Street Agent thing wouldn't matter as much.
zersducks wrote:  It has been news, even before the Lyles scandal that Seastrunk has been struggling to grasp the Oregon Offense, as well as his troubles holding onto the ball and unwillingness to run north/south. He was struggleing. Then you bring in De'Anthony Thomas, who is living up to the hype and will definitely see the field this year. So even with out the newcomers (Thomas/Carson) LS would be sitting at #3 on the depth chart. So no, his being #5 on the depth chart has nothing to do with the whole Lyles mess.

Exactler zersducks.  Our Husky friends think if they post this tripe enough, people will start believing it.<span style="color: #000000;"> The lengths some of them go to twist the truth.  Which is this:  despite his talents, it appears LS didn't perform well enough in practice nor the spring game to crack the top 4 RB spots.  <span style="color: #000000;">I won't quibble over the word "complexities", it was a poor choice.

 

<span style="color: #000000;">So I will let LS and others say it:

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<span style="color: #000000;">Not unlike many college freshmen football players, Lache Seastrunk had to endure
a rookie campaign where he had questions and doubts about his playing time and
niche with the Oregon program.

<span style="color: #000000;">“Last year, to be truly honest with you, I was not ready. I didn’t understand
the playbook and I just wasn’t mature enough to take on that role my freshman
year."

<span style="color: #000000;">"I truly don’t see if I’m going to see the field this year because I have a Heisman
candidate in front of me. … I’m taking everything in from what they’re telling
me and just trying to mold it into my understanding and put it into my game.”

 

<span style="color: #000000;">

<span style="color: #000000;">"Being tougher, a tougher runner - physically and mentally,'' Seastrunk said of his self-improvement plans. "Overall, just working. Working harder than anybody you can imagine, in the country, just pushing myself so the next day (after practice) I really can't walk.''

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<span style="color: #000000;">It was geography, and culture, and especially the depth chart.

<span style="color: #000000;">Baylor is a better fit

<span style="color: #000000;">He’s known as a solid kid. Quiet. Modest. And the hope here is maybe a change of scenery will become the platform for success. That he’ll become a solid football player, and maybe even a star.

<span style="color: #000000;">But before Seastrunk was fifth-string, he was a five-star, ranked by Rivals.com as the nation’s No. 3 running back.

<span style="color: #000000;">To call recruiting rankings an inexact science is to do an incredible disservice to science. But the running backs ranked ahead of Seastrunk were Marcus Lattimore, who became an immediate star at South Carolina, and a guy named Michael Dyer, who had a pretty nice freshman season at Auburn. Oregon fans might remember him as being fairly hard to tackle when it counted.

<span style="color: #000000;">But it’s way too early to label Seastrunk a bust.

<span style="color: #000000;">He’d been buried deeper on the depth chart this summer, but he’s a fantastic athlete. There was plenty of time for development and a break-out.

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<span style="color: #000000;">Seastrunk admits he still has some work to do as he continues to familiarize himself with the Ducks’ blocking schemes. He is miles ahead of where he was a year ago, though.

<span style="color: #000000;">“I feel a whole lot better,” says the Temple, Texas native. “I’m not jumping around like I don’t know anything. I know my plays, and it’s a little bit easier, so I can be confident in the way I run.”

<span style="color: #000000;">Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich adds that the fanfare surrounding Seastrunk is “probably a little bit unfortunate for him. There’s this unrealistic expectation for the guy to show up and be Tony Dorsett.”

<span style="color: #000000;">

<span style="color: #000000;">“I really don’t know what’s going to happen,” says Seastrunk, a touted 5-9, 190-pound Texas native who has mostly learned “patience” and following blocks during his redshirt year.






Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:04 am
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO


OMG.  Husky fans are now seeing black helicopters, aka "The Cleaner."  The cult of Mountlake is now creating myths out of their legendary self-absorbed delusions

Tell you what, YOU go back and listen to the audio.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

Go back and listen to the audio.  All of the comments about God pulling him from the storm and getting him out of Oregon before something goes down......all gone.  The interview was edited.  You can hear the edit cuts even.  The Cleaner has been busy.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

"I felt like God wanted me to be [at Oregon],"
That's just crazy talk. Everybody knows that GOD is an Auburn fan.....just ask the rest of that cult and you'll know it too.



Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

Astroboy; It has been news, even before the Lyles scandal that Seastrunk has been struggling to grasp the Oregon Offense, as well as his troubles holding onto the ball and unwillingness to run north/south. He was struggleing. Then you bring in De'Anthony Thomas, who is living up to the hype and will definitely see the field this year. So even with out the newcomers (Thomas/Carson) LS would be sitting at #3 on the depth chart. So no, his being #5 on the depth chart has nothing to do with the whole Lyles mess. 



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

What is even funnier is that Seastrunk started going down on the depth chart just as the Lyles Street Agent case started to surface.  Coincidence???      If I wasn't so gullible, I would have thought that Chip Kelly sought to marginalize Seastrunk so he'd leave the program. You know, by burrying him in the depth chart and not coaching him, so he'd feel out of favor and would want to leave on his own?      Somehow in Chips mind if Seastrunk is portrayed as such a terrible player and leaves Oregon "on his own", then Willy Lyes Street Agent thing wouldn't matter as much. That is how it works right?





Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Call Phil!

Just call Phil Knight--he can throw some milions around and get all these pesky ncaa problems "cleared up"



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO



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