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Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:16 am
 
Posted by Adam Jacobi

USC fans wondering why former assistant Willie Mack Garza resigned so abruptly two days before the start of this season now have an answer -- and that answer has a paper trail. According to a report by Yahoo Sports, Willie Lyles informed NCAA investigators that Garza had wired him $1,500 in 2009 to get coveted tailback Lache Seastrunk onto the Tennessee campus for an unofficial visit; Garza had been an assistant of Lane Kiffin at UT at that point, before Kiffin brought Garza with him to USC's staff in 2010.

On unofficial visits, recruits and their families are responsible for all costs incurred, so if Garza supplied that money to Lyles for the purposes of getting Seastrunk to campus, that's a serious violation of NCAA rules. Whether Garza gave money to Lyles is not in question, though; Yahoo Sports has a copy of the Moneygram record of that transaction, and sure enough, there's $1,500 going from Garza to Lyles. Being that Lyles himself told the NCAA that the money was to pay for Seastrunk's plane tickets, which totaled $1,446.80 in a purchase two weeks prior to the Moneygram transaction, there doesn't appear to be much wiggle room for Garza.

CBSSports.com first reported that Garza's departure from USC was related to an NCAA probe of Tennessee's recruiting practices on the day that Garza resigned, on September 1. That report has now been proven accurate by this Yahoo story. 

For Garza's efforts above and beyond the NCAA guidelines, Tennessee didn't get much; not only did Seastrunk not commit to the Volunteers, of course, he didn't even take an official visit to Knoxville once it was time to make those choices. Seastrunk famously chose Oregon over Auburn in a recruiting process that still leaves a sour taste in Tigers fans' mouths to this day, and once the reports surfaced of Lyles maintaining close relationship with recruits even while getting paid large sums of money by the schools recruiting them, Seastrunk ended up transferring to Baylor.

For as bad as this report makes Garza look in the eyes of the NCAA, however, the real entity in danger here is Tennessee; that athletic department was hit with a failure to monitor charge in August among various major infractions perpetrated by then-head basketball coach Bruce Pearl, and the program is nowhere near completing its two years of probation handed down by the NCAA. If the NCAA finds this to be another egregious flouting of recruiting regulations, Tennessee is liable to be considered a "repeat offender" by the Committee on Infractions, and that easily could mean serious, long-lasting consequences for the entire athletic department.
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:07 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

This is practically all significantly beginner to my family of which this instruct certainly cracked the little attention.Many thanks for giving out along with us your knowledge.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

UT hould be punished because this is another example of them hiring a guy who not only doesn't play by the rules (Pearl) but doesn't even seem to know that rules exist (Kiffin). Something smells from the head down.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

I agree with UT should not be punished, those guys are long gone, it's just annoying that this incident puts a negative mark on the UT football program.




Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

CORRECTION (Misspelled word  (has) should have been was, I was in a rush)

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

I agree, Lane is the one who hired him. Also Lane was the top dog, so with being the head guy in charge, it's reflected on him what his assist. coaches does. I also agree with being excitied the new blood was brought in, after Phil Fulmer left. Change was needed at that time and Lane and his father had NFL experince. But as you guys know things didn't workout as well as we all wanted, so in comes Derek Dooley. Dooley is doing a great job, and I do believe he will guide the Vols back to where this team needs and wants to be. But it will take time.....GO Vols!



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

Kiffen should be hammered for this..Not UT. The guy is DIRTY! Suprised TUOS didnt hire him.



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:41 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

maybe because the shoe fits



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:32 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

LSU being the worse of the SEC in paying heavy for recruits



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:08 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

It's funny how a story about a guy tells you more about another guy than the guy the story was about. This story may have been about Garza but it is more about Lane Kiffin. This guy is just a bad guy. He was at UT for how long? And he did nothing but break the rules continuosly. He fits right in at SC.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:07 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

How would you like to wake every morning knowing the only reason ya got a job was cause your dad agree to hold your hand.......Plus his name is LANE!!



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:03 am
 

Report: Former Vols assistant wired cash to Lyles

What I dont get is why would anyone want this guy as a coach?  He has never won, that usc team is awful and is gonna be awful for as long as his ass is there. Plus he's a cheat. Talk  about a guy riding his old mans coat tails...


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