As we’ve noted on this site before, Cal was one of three schools to employ the recruiting services of Willie Lyles of Complete Scouting Services.
Last month, an invoice showed that Cal had paid $5,000 for what was titled as a “2010 National Package” from Lyles. In context, LSU paid $6,000 for a California and Kansas JUCO package — which later was deemed to contain outdated information of poor quality — from Lyles. Oregon’s “2011 National Package“, which contained no 2011 recruits, from CSS came at the cost of a whopping $25,000.
And while there are plenty of suspicions about exactly for what Oregon paid Lyles, Cal’s four-page document raises a couple of questions as well. For one, and according to a report from the Oregonian, Cal’s recruiting package is listed as having been shipped on March, 23, 2010. Two recruits contained with the package — future Oregon running backs Lache Seastrunk and Dontae Williams — signed with the Ducks on Feb. 3, 2010. By my highly advanced and scientific calculations, that’s a difference of nearly seven weeks to the day.
Additionally, Seastrunk and Williams are two of 48 Texas-based recruits in Cal’s package; the lone non-Texan listed is future Auburn signee Trovon Reed of Louisiana.
Invoices submitted to Oregon and Cal indicate the packages were to include game film and highlight film from the same 22 states.
None of the recruits in Cal’s package ended up signing with the Golden Bears, although many did sign with other BCS programs.
“Although none of the players on this list ultimately enrolled at Cal, the information included in the report includes the data necessary to begin an evaluation of whether or not to pursue these prospects for scholarship consideration,” Alan Kolling, Cal’s public records coordinator, told the Oregonian.
The fact that none of the recruits in the 2010 package signed with Cal isn’t that big of deal. The fact that the package arrived late and could thus be considered useless is, though.
Late and/or useless information seems to be a trend with Lyles and three of his clients (LSU, Oregon and Cal). Either this is a case that doesnt’ come close to passing the smell test, or Lyles truly stinks at his job.
UPDATED 11:10 a.m. ET on 8/10: There appears to be some confusion on exactly what Cal received from Lyles and when they received it. Here are some clarifying remarks courtesy of the San Jose Mercury News.
Last week, Cal released (to the Merc and the Oregonian) an invoice from Lyles for $5,000, with a ship date of March 23, 2010.
Why would the 2010 National Package be shipped to Cal in March — a month AFTER the 2010 signing day?
According to a Cal official, the Bears paid Lyles for two classes worth of information.
They received game film, player reports and contact info on class of 2010 prospects during the fall of 2009, and they received player reports and contact info in the spring of 2010 on players in the class of 2011.
The date on the invoice (3/23/10), according to the Cal official, represented the date Lyles shipped reports and contact info on class of ’11.
“What he really should have done for the ship date,” the Cal official said, “was include a range, from Sept ’09 to March ’10.”