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Report: Ex-Vols aide funded recruit's flight

9/27/2011

Former Tennessee assistant Willie Mack Garza paid for former top recruit -- and Oregon running back -- Lache Seastrunk and his mother to fly to Knoxville for an unofficial recruiting trip during Lane Kiffin's tenure at the school, Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night.

Yahoo! Sports reported that Garza wired $1,500 to now infamous recruiting scout Will Lyles in July 2009, and the money was used for plane tickets for Seastrunk and his mother, Evelyn.

Garza followed Kiffin when he took over at Southern California, but the secondary coach resigned on Sept. 1, citing "personal issues unrelated to USC."

Here is what Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton told Yahoo! Sports about the incident:

"We are aware of the situation as is the conference office. We've been verbally contacted by the NCAA enforcement staff regarding a recruiting issue in 2009 related to the former coaching staff and a student-athlete who never attended Tennessee.

"We believe, as does the conference office, that this matter is not subject to the repeat offender provision."