Did Ducks get money's worth from Lyles?

June, 20, 2011
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Oregon supposedly paid $25,000 to Willie Lyles for a 2011 national recruiting package. What it got was a was a 143-page publication that mostly featured players from Texas. And the "2011" part is a bit of an issue, too.

Many of the profiles provided to Oregon were for recruits from 2009, according to The Oregonian:
Amid the documents released by Oregon related to the football scouting services inquiry were 140 recruiting profiles of high school players under the heading “2010 National High School Evaluation Booklet." Above each individual profile, however, reads “Player Profile 2011.” The related invoice cites the "2011 National Package."

A search of all the players listed revealed that virtually all graduated from high school in 2009 with a few graduating in 2010 or 2008.

It appears Lyles publication was pretty sloppy, unless there is another explanation.

More from The Oregonian:

One of the recruits in the package dated 2011 was defensive lineman Nosa Eguae out of Mansfield Summit High School in Arlington, Texas. Eguae signed with Auburn in 2009 and started 11 games for the Tigers last season, including the BCS National Championship game against Oregon. He had four tackles, one for loss against the Ducks.

Two profiles appear of the same player. One profile was a redacted bio page for privacy reasons, presumably a recruit who wound up at Oregon.

Tragically, another listed recruit, wide receiver Josh Rake out of Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, died in a car accident in on Sept. 30, 2010 during his freshman year at the University of North Texas.


By the way, The Oregonian includes a list of the profiled recruits. Judge for yourself.

It's still unclear how much video Oregon got for its money. And whether it was of 2011 recruits.

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