Friday, March 4, 2011

Is It Oregon's Turn...???

((HT: KVAL-TV Eugene))

University of Oregon officials have confirmed that the school paid about $28,000 to a pair of recruiting services, but claim the payments and services were within NCAA rules.

Yahoo!Sports is reporting that Oregon paid $25,000 to Will Lyles of Complete Scouting Services in Houston. Lyles has a "mentoring relationship" with Oregon RB Lache Seastrunk. He also has a relationship with running back LaMichael James of an unknown depth at present.

Charles Robinson's story is hyah... is reporting the NCAA is probing Seastrunk's recruitment. Both Seastrunk and James are from Texas.

It's Schad and Schlabach... hyah...

Here's some silent highlights from Texas on Seastrunk's career to date...
((HT: texaspreps))

The Yahoo report also said that Oregon paid $3,745 to Baron Flenory of New Level Athletics. Flenory told Yahoo he also ran a recruiting service that provided Oregon with information about potential recruits, but the company no longer operates because of a change in NCAA rules. He does, however, run the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 football camps, which have had several players- running back Deanthony Thomas, defensive back Cliff Harris, defensive back Dior Mathis and wideout Tacoi Sumler- as attendees.

The Oregon athletic department issued a statement Thursday night that said: "This is something we remain confident that is within the acceptable guidelines allowed by the NCAA and occurred with the knowledge of the department's compliance office."

If a recruit was encouraged to Oregon by Flenory or Lyles, that is an NCAA violation. Both would be technically considered boosters in the eyes of the folks in Indianapolis.

And, ohbytheway, Flenory played for Chip Kelly at New Hampshire.

"We have previously stated that we have not been in contact with anyone from the NCAA or Pacific-10 Conference in regards to these practices and that situation remains unchanged," Oregon's statement said.

Joe Schad discusses with Mike Hill...
((HT: ESPN))

More when we know more...

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