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Brutus
07-01-2011, 02:53 PM
While things were already unpleasant for Oregon, due to the uncharacteristic $25,000 payment for "recruiting services," they just got a bit more uncomfortable thanks to a new report by Yahoo!

This report includes quotes from Lyles on the nature of the payments, and now he's outwardly suggesting he was being paid for his "influence" on recruits. He has emails and signed thank-you cards to support his case.

It's not a slam dunk, but it absolutely makes the notion that the payment was for recruiting packages look more suspect than they already were. After all, the "package" of player profiles received by Oregon were all outdated and were of 130 players from Texas (remember they purchased the 'national' package).

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news;_ylt=AjDLRRYfCdbqlyj5pfmdptw5nYcB?slug=ys-robinson_scout_details_deal_oregon_kelly_070111

BuckeyeRed27
07-01-2011, 03:30 PM
Ouch. Oregon definately did not want that interview to happen.

5TimeWSChamps
07-01-2011, 04:49 PM
Yahoo! Sports = Might as well resign Chip

BuckeyeRed27
07-01-2011, 06:06 PM
I'll give Yahoo!Sports credit. When they investigate something they get a lot of details. They came up with the only credible information in the OSU investigation so far.

This is an interesting case because you have to decide where the line is between being a recruiter and being a "mentor". Lyles clearly saw himself as a "mentor", but he was being paid to be a recruiter. The papertrail and the timing of payments could be really bad for Oregon. I'm guessing this leads to some wording changes in NCAA rules, stricter compliance around these recruting services and Chip Kelly working for ESPN.

Brutus
07-01-2011, 06:09 PM
I'll give Yahoo!Sports credit. When they investigate something they get a lot of details. They came up with the only credible information in the OSU investigation so far.

This is an interesting case because you have to decide where the line is between being a recruiter and being a "mentor". Lyles clearly saw himself as a "mentor", but he was being paid to be a recruiter. The papertrail and the timing of payments could be really bad for Oregon. I'm guessing this leads to some wording changes in NCAA rules, stricter compliance around these recruting services and Chip Kelly working for ESPN.

I agree with most everything. I don't think this will precipitate any further action by the NCAA though. They did just recently end the use of "recruiting services." But that was kind of a red herring because schools cannot, under any circumstances, use 'representatives of athletics interest' to recruit for them. So even paying them under the guise of a recruiting service wouldn't technically mean they can get away with those individuals recruiting on their behalf. Really, the issue is just the NCAA cracking down on street agents that push players to a school (see Worldwide Wes).