Pardon me while I tidy up this bit of business from a few months ago.
If you remember back to early September of last year, former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla claimed in an interview that, during the recruiting process that led to him becoming a Duck, he “was promised a house, a car, all these things” if he’d come to Eugene. While Lyerla went on to further claim that he was never given the impermissible benefits he was promised, UO launched an investigation into the allegations that he was offered said things by a booster.
Not surprisingly, UO has concluded that no evidence of any type of improprieties during Lyerla’s recruitment exist. From a statement originally sent to KOIN-TV:
“Our internal investigation concluded that no NCAA violations occurred. The PAC-12/NCAA, to our knowledge, is not conducting an investigation.”
The school also noted that it actually wrapped up its investigation in October of last year, one month after Lyerla’s allegations surfaced.
Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession in October of 2013, a couple of weeks after he parted ways with the Ducks midseason on what he described as “good terms.” He wasn’t selected in last year’s draft and was cut by the Green Bay Packers in August after signing as an undrafted free agent. The Oregonian writes that “Lyerla is in the midst of trying to persuade an NFL team to take a flier on him.”