Those hoping to find some type of smoking gun amidst Oregon’s Monday document dump will be sorely disappointed.
An open records request that was almost four months in the making was fulfilled this afternoon, with Oregon releasing numerous documents pertaining to football recruiting services in general and Willie Lyles in particular. Fortunately for the program, there was not much information contained in the documents that wasn’t already public knowledge.
Lyles is the proprietor of Complete Scouting Services and billed the university $25,000 for what was described as a “2011 National Package” that detailed recruits from several states. Due to Lyles close relationship with 2010 signee Lache Seastrunk — the running back and his mother lived with Lyles during his senior year of high school — and the fact that the purchase order for services rendered came less than three weeks after Seastrunk signed with UO, the relationship between Lyles and the university came under intense scrutiny earlier this year.
Perhaps the only eye-opening revelation was the amount of the payment made to Lyles when compared to other recruiting services utilized by the program in the past.
Payments of $6,500 to Charles Fishbein at Elite Scouting Services in 2008; $10,000 to Elite Scouting in 2009 for book and consultation (national package); $3,745 to New Level Athletics for recruiting service; $25,000 to Lyles’ company, Complete Scouting Services, in February 2010 for 2011 national package.
The school has been in contact with the NCAA since early March regarding the allegations, and documents relating to scouting services were requested of UO, but as of yet they have not received a Notice of Inquiry from the Association.
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Ohio State has quietly added Joker Phillips and Brian Knorr — two experienced college coaches — to Urban Meyer’s staff.
Although the athletics department has not made an announcement yet, Phillips is listed in Ohio State’s employee directory as a sports program associate with the working title of “Football QC – kicking,” which presumably means he is a quality control assistant for the Ohio State kicking game.
Knorr is listed simply as an athletics intern.
OSU tonight confirms hire of former UK HC & Browns Asst Coach Joker Phillips to support position for Urban Meyer. Has no on-field duty.
Of the two, Phillips is the more experienced. Now 53, he began his coaching career as a G.A. at Kentucky, his alma mater, and eventually spent six seasons as a full-time receivers coach for the Wildcats in the early 1990s.
He also coached at Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina before returning to Lexington as an assistant and eventually rising to head coach in 2010.
Make that four new additions to Texas’ 2016 recruiting class in late June.
The school announced Wednesday that Patrick Hudson, an in-state offensive lineman from Silsbee, has signed a financial aid agreement and is expected to enroll in Austin in July when the second summer session begins.
Hudson is a four-star prospect and the 50th-best player in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He signed with Baylor in February but was granted a release from his letter of intent after a report accusing members of the school and athletics department of mishandling accusations and incidents of sexual assault delved the school into controversy.
J.P. Urquidez and brothers Devin and Donovan Duvernay also signed with the Longhorns in the past week.
“We’re really excited to have Patrick joining our program,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a release. “Patrick coming to Texas, along with J.P. and Donovan earlier this week, are tremendous additions to an already impressive class of 2016. Patrick and J.P. are two big, physical, talented linemen, and Donovan is an explosive athlete who has played on both sides. We’re looking forward to getting them on campus and working with the team.”
Urquidez is also a four-star offensive lineman while Devin Duvernay is a four-star receiver and Donovan Duvernay is a three-star athlete per 247Sports.
Texas’ class is ranked seventh nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 as Strong looks to put a rocky start to his tenure behind him and return the Longhorns to national prominence.
They start the season with a visit from Notre Dame on Sept. 4.
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