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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'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.

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:47 pm

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

"Something was about to go down" Funny. What was going down was Seastrunk on the depth chart. He was certainly not living up to his 5 star status.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:27 pm

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

Something is about to go down: the entire University of Oregon program.  This is the first time I've ever heard a player actually say it like that.  Usually, they give some fluffy reason about why they left.  It is ironic that the player is smack in the middle of the controversy is the one saying it will bring Oregon down.  
Poor Oregon.  Sometimes regression to the mean happens on its own.  Sometimes, though, a bit of policing is involved.  Look for the latter to knock Oregon off their ladder. 

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