Saturday, July 9, 2011
Invoices: Cal, LSU also clients of scout
ESPN.com news services
The scouting-service owner at the center of an NCAA investigation into the Oregon Ducks' football program also had California and Louisiana State as clients, according to The Oregonian.
Willie Lyles, who was paid $25,000 by Oregon, billed California $5,000 for a package similar in description to the services provided to the Ducks' program, according to an invoice obtained by the Oregon newspaper via open-records request.
Both packages included game and highlight film from the same 22 states, according to The Oregonian's report.
Lyles billed LSU $6,000, the report said, for what is described as game film from junior colleges in California and Kansas.
On the California invoice, Lyles' product is described as Complete Scouting Services' "2010 National Package." A similar Oregon invoice has described his service as the
Complete Scouting Services' "2010 National Package," the newspaper reported.
A scouting invoice from Louisiana State describes the services as the "2010 JUCO perState Package."
Lyles, who operated out of Houston, did not respond to several requests for comment from The Oregonian, according to the report. Lyles has maintained that he never sold recruits to a school and that he is no longer running a scouting service.
The invoices also reveal the shipping dates for Lyles' packages. After Oregon's was sent Feb. 22, 2010, Cal's was shipped March 23, 2010 and LSU's on Nov. 8, 2010.
Last month, Lyles told Yahoo! Sports that Ducks coach Chip Kelly "scrambled" and eventually asked Lyles to "find out what the best paying services is" and send the school a bill for that amount. Lyles said Kelly personally approved the $25,000 fee.
"They said they just needed anything," Lyles told Yahoo! Sports. "They asked for last-minute [stuff]. So I gave them last-minute [stuff] ... I gave them, like, old stuff that I still had on my computer because I never thought that stuff would see the light of day."
The school released the scouting profiles last month. Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement that the department "is committed to helping the NCAA in any way possible and until their work is complete, we are unable to comment further."
"There was no quid pro quo," Lyles said, claiming no school, including Oregon, ever asked him to direct a player. "Never. It wouldn't make sense for me to help one school. I was trying to get every school to buy my service. That was my business."
Lyles also told Yahoo! Sports he was interviewed by the NCAA for six hours last month.