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Oregon releases documents related to scouting services

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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.

Lyles has previously denied steering players to Oregon, and nothing in the documents released today point toward such a conclusion.

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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10 Responses to “Oregon releases documents related to scouting services”
  1. soflatrojan says: Jun 20, 2011 5:00 PM

    Using my sliding Cam Newton scale if 180k gets you a Heisman winner and an NC 25k for Seastrunk seems about right.

  2. cosanostra71 says: Jun 20, 2011 5:04 PM

    I still think their relationship with Nike is ridiculous and unethical even if it isn’t against NCAA rules.

  3. billmead1976 says: Jun 20, 2011 5:19 PM

    cosanostra71 says:
    Jun 20, 2011 5:04 PM

    I still think their relationship with Nike is ridiculous and unethical even if it isn’t against NCAA rules.

    If one of your alums are the Chairman of one of the Top 100 companies in the world, wouldn’t you support his company?

  4. WingT says: Jun 20, 2011 5:36 PM

    @soflatrojan

    It certainly appears to be a bargain especially if you were to apply the “Reggie Bush” scale of 300K + ..wouldn’t you agree?

  5. cosanostra71 says: Jun 20, 2011 6:24 PM

    WingT says:
    Jun 20, 2011 5:36 PM
    @soflatrojan

    It certainly appears to be a bargain especially if you were to apply the “Reggie Bush” scale of 300K + ..wouldn’t you agree?
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    unlike the Auburn and (allegedly) Oregon situations, the USC situation was not money paid directly by the school, but rather an outside source.

  6. whatswiththehate says: Jun 20, 2011 7:24 PM

    soflatrojan says:Jun 20, 2011 5:00 PM

    Using my sliding Cam Newton scale if 180k gets you a Heisman winner and an NC 25k for Seastrunk seems about right.
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    why don’t you use real evidence instead of the made for TV stuff ESPN has been pushing.

    What I find so amazing with those who want so badly to believe everything about Cam and Auburn simply because ESPN pushed it is, when real NCAA rules get broken no one wants to beleive it. When the media spins a non-story into a scandal everyone is on board.

    I’m sure Pryor got way more money than Cam did cause the accusations against himd and OSU are FACTUAL.

  7. soflatrojan says: Jun 20, 2011 9:32 PM

    Cosanostra71,

    You’re going to confuse WingT if you start spewing facts. He is one of the few who still thinks Alabama runs a clean program.

  8. WingT says: Jun 20, 2011 11:22 PM

    @cosanostra71
    Good point.

    @soflatrojan
    Of course I think Bama is clean. If the prove to be be dirty then I can reassure you that I will be the first to call for heads to roll…tide ( notice what I did there)

  9. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 21, 2011 3:33 PM

    College football is a business. It generates More money than it ever has. It’s more popular than ever. it’s market is much broader then the NFL. The big problem plain and simple is that College Football really became popular fast 15 years ago, and the NCAA did not know how to handle it. The NCAA is a business. College is a business. How much money do universities make off of kids that dont graduate, when they know they barely meet requirements. How are these institutions any different from a predatory lender??? They have a great thing going right now, but the media and its obsession with scandals is working on destroying football. Lets go back the way it was over a decade ago. let the media cover the games. let the local newspapers report players screwing up.

  10. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 21, 2011 3:36 PM

    these type of things have been going on for decades. the foundation of college football solid. it works best when people dont have instant information, and the media spreads propoganda like wildfire when they get an inkling of info

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