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.