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NCAA requests scouting services documents from Oregon

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As a direct result of a pair of stories that surfaced within minutes of each Thursday evening, the NCAA is now in the process of scrutinizing Oregon’s relationships with a pair of scouting services, the school announced in a press release Friday.

According to the release, Oregon “contacted the Pacific-10 Conference Friday morning regarding scouting services that specialize in the identification of potential student-athletes.”  As a result of the conversation with the conference, “the athletics department has been asked by the NCAA to provide documents related to the purchase of services provided by scouting agencies contracted by the school’s football program.”

“We have been asked to provide a series of documents by the NCAA and intend to fully cooperate,” athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. “I reiterate that it is our belief that the purchase of such services is within the allowable NCAA guidelines.”

At issue is not necessarily the scouting services themselves, but whether any recruits were steered to the school by the services.  In particular, intense scrutiny has fallen on Will Lyles of Complete Scouting Services in Houston, and his relationship with high-profile UO signees.

Lyles was paid $25,000 by Oregon, ostensibly for the recruiting package offered through his scouting service, in March of 2010.  That payment came the month after Lache Seastrunk, who has a close relationship with Lyles, signed a Letter of Intent with the Ducks.  Lyles also has a close relationship with Ducks running back LaMichael James; last December, Lyles was a guest of James at a college football awards show, and described himself as the 2010 Heisman runner-up’s trainer and advisor.

Also contained in Friday night’s release was the pertinent NCAA bylaw that allows schools to pay for scouting services, provided said services meet several requirements.

NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3 states that an “institution may subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes, provided the institution does not purchase more than one annual subscription to a particular service and the service:  (Adopted:
1/1/02, Revised:  1/16/10)

(a)  Is made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate for all subscribers;

(b)  Publicly identifies all applicable rates;

(c)  Disseminates information (e.g., reports, profiles) about prospective student-athletes at least four times per calendar year;

(d)  Publicly identifies the geographical scope of the service (e.g., local, regional, national) and reflects broad-based coverage of the geographical area in the information it disseminates;

(e)  Provides individual analysis beyond demographic information or rankings for each prospective student-athlete in the information it disseminates; (Revised:  4/13/10)

(f)   Provides access to samples or previews of the information it disseminates before purchase of a subscription; and

(g) Provides video that is restricted to regularly scheduled (regular-season) high school, preparatory school or two-year college contests and for which the institution made no prior arrangements for recording.  (Note:  This provision is applicable only if the
subscription includes video services.)

Earlier today, Oregon released to The Oregonian purchase orders pertaining to a pair of scouting services utilized by the school last year — the aforementioned Complete Scouting Services and New Level Athletics.  Those documents can be seen HERE and HERE.

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5 Responses to “NCAA requests scouting services documents from Oregon”
  1. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Mar 4, 2011 10:19 PM

    Gosh and golly, that reads like a very clear restrain of trade, anti-trust anyone?

  2. noaxetogrind says: Mar 4, 2011 10:43 PM

    The antitrust angle has already been tried in court and the NCAA has won every time so far. The net of the defense being that the NCAA is a voluntary involvement organization. You have alternatives like the NAIA. That is the precedent to date.

  3. lethimplaycoach says: Mar 5, 2011 1:05 AM

    Auburn v Oregon will go down as the dirtiest, cheatingest title game ever.

  4. noaxetogrind says: Mar 5, 2011 1:15 PM

    I am by no means an Auburn supporter but do tell, what has Auburn been accused of? All of the information that has come to light so far only implicates Cam Newton’s father and the Roger’s guy who was doing the legwork on the selling. I don’t think for one minute that Cam didn’t know about it but that doesn’t implicate Auburn in any way. Some folks want to say Auburn, Miss. State and some people somehow throw Florida in there as well, are dirty. To date the facts show the following: He was expelled from Florida(academic fraud & theft), Miss. State turned him in and as of right now there hasn’t been a shred of evidence or for that matter even a credible accusation that Auburn was involved in any way other than offering a player of questionable character a scholarship. Save the accusations for when there is some legitimate evidence to support the claim. A kid being a shady character is not the same as an institution being involved in blatant cheating.

  5. ihatedallasandauburn says: Mar 5, 2011 6:31 PM

    2011 bcs championship game/
    Caught with the hand in the cookie jar versus don’t ask don’t tell!

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