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The HQ is fairly certain this qualifies in the "saving your own hide" department, but Will Lyles has come forward in his version of events centering around the University of Oregon and that Oregon coach Chip Kelly personally approved the $25,000 that started the NCAA investigation.
Lyles maintains that Kelly had him submit old info just to have it on file before the investigation started on the recruiting of Lache Seastrunk in early March.
“They said they just needed anything,” Lyles said of the embarrassingly thin recruiting profiles that Oregon made public earlier this month. “They asked for last-minute [stuff]. So I gave them last-minute [stuff] … I gave them, like, old stuff that I still had on my computer because I never thought that stuff would see the light of day.”
Lyles also helped Seastrunk get his legal guardianship changed from his mother to grandmother so the LOI would be signed for him to go to Oregon- a place his mother didn't want him to go. Oregon's Assistant Director of Football Operations, Josh Gibson, knew of this move by Lyles the entire time.
Lyles still hasn't received the $25-grand and doubts he ever will and his CSS scouting-combine business is, pretty much, a dead stick...
Here's Tom Ward from our friends at KVAL-TV in Eugene announcing the good news...
Good news, at the time...