Monday, March 7, 2011
Oregon scrutiny: What did Ducks get for $25,000?
By ESPN.com staff
It probably was a nervous weekend for Oregon fans. The NCAA is taking a hard look at the football program and whether a Texas man, whom the school paid $25,000 in the spring of 2010 for recruiting services, helped steer high school football prospects to Eugene.
Some links on the matter.
Here are some notable details.
- Lyles' business, according to Canzano, "is run out of Lyles' two-bedroom condominium with no evidence that it's registered as a business with the state of Texas."
- Also per Canzano, "Lyles has mentor-like connections with a line of Ducks recruits that includes redshirt freshman running back Lache Seastrunk and Heisman finalist LaMichael James. A high-ranking UO athletic department source said Thursday that coach Chip Kelly, and others, became aware as they recruited Seastrunk that Lyles was involved in a personal relationship with the running back's mother."
- Per Schroeder: "The domain name for the new company’s website -- a necessity to comply with NCAA rules for scouting services -- was registered March 16, 2010, three weeks after Lyles’ invoice to Oregon (Feb. 22) and 13 days before Oregon’s payment (March 29)."
- And there is this from Rob Moseley of the Register-Guard: "The website for Complete Scouting Services on Friday evening listed just such a “national package” of high school recruiting information at a price of $25,000. Earlier in the day, however, there was no reference to prices for high school information, only junior colleges, at a cost of $15,000 for a national package."
Fair to say that NCAA will ask a lot of questions.
The key issue is whether investigators find that any third parties -- Lyles -- specifically recruited for Oregon and then got paid for their services. That would violate NCAA rules.