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A&M searches for past relationship with Lyles, finds nothing

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The accusations of agent-like (or, pimp-like) behavior from Will Lyles of Complete Scouting Services seem to be growing by the week. Originally starting with a rumor of an NCAA investigation of a “major college program”, Lyles has been connected to Oregon, LSU, and most recently, Texas A&M, for allegedly trying to sway players to sign with specific programs for hefty price tags.

Van Malone, a former A&M assistant, recently said Lyles contacted him in 2007 asking for $80,000 to convince current LSU defensive back Patrick Peterson to sign with the Aggies.

In response, Texas A&M has researched its own connection with the Houston-based scouting service back to 2002, and according to interviews with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the university has found nada.

“No one currently in the Texas A&M athletics department was aware of any conversations between former assistant coach Van Malone and Willie Lyles regarding payments to secure prospective players,” said A&M spokesman Alan Cannon (great name). “Our business records show no financial relationship with Willie Lyles or his recruiting services. We consider this a non-issue from Texas A&M’s standpoint.”

Malone stated in his interview with ESPN that Texas A&M didn’t pay for players to sign letters of intent.

When asked about the situation, Peterson whole-heartedly denied any prior relationship with Lyles. However, a Rivals.com interview with Peterson from 2007 contradicts that denial, as Rivals author Brian Perroni said Peterson confirmed Lyles was a “friend”.

Yeahhhhh. About that.

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5 Responses to “A&M searches for past relationship with Lyles, finds nothing”
  1. rashardmendenballs says: Apr 2, 2011 6:38 PM

    Of course A&M is going to deny any relationship with a or any “street” agent.

    When will these schools going to come to the realization that the average “Joe” sitting at home is not as stupid and Nieves as they think we are.

    Thank god we got Yahoo! Sports doing all of the balances and checks on the NCAA.

  2. bonerchamp says: Apr 2, 2011 7:49 PM

    It’s been well known that something very sketchy went down with the recruiting of Peterson. Next thing you know, there will be new “News” on the shady recruitment of Julio Jones.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Apr 2, 2011 8:00 PM

    Poor AGGIES!

  4. ladyhuckleberry says: Apr 2, 2011 8:29 PM

    bonerchamp, give me a break you fool. Patrick Peterson isn’t like the guy they’re portraying himto be, this kid’s got more principals than that. All you have to do’s hear him speak and know that he’s educated and not some “you know” every other word guy like most. Know what you’re talking about before you spout your mouth off.

  5. bonerchamp says: Apr 3, 2011 9:04 AM

    Easy there Lady huck. This genius that you speak of scored a whopping 9 on his wonderlic. So do you think this dummy kept his mouth shut when he got paid? Then again, you called Peterson “educated”.

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