Ducks In The News: “On notice” from the NCAA about Willie Lyles probe

Oregon Football Insight

When running back Lache Seastrunk ended his Ducks career before it started, transferring to Baylor and predicting things would “blow up” at Oregon, we obviously knew the drama wasn’t over.

Seastrunk was referring to an impending probe into the man who recruited him, Willie Lyles.

On Saturday, the Ducks acknowledged that they’d received a notice of inquiry from the NCAA regarding their use of Lyles’ scouting services. Lyles, who was close with Seastrunk, was paid $25,000 by Oregon in 2010 for a “national recruiting package.”

Naturally, the NCAA feels the need to investigate!

But when the Ducks publicized what services Lyles had done for that payment, something didn’t add up.

Lyles had only given useless information and outdated profiles.

Naturally, the NCAA feels the need to investigate any other possible “services” or influence Lyles was providing in the recruiting process.

He has been linked to star Oregon running back LaMichael James in the past and was paid for scouting work by LSU and Cal.

“The University of Oregon football program, from head coach Chip Kelly through the entire organization, has tremendous respect for the NCAA’s important role in monitoring collegiate athletics and, to this end, continues to fully co-operate with the NCAA’s ongoing examination. “

Regardless of Oregon’s co-operation, should we really expect the NCAA to uncover nothing?

As we’ve learned with USC, Ohio State and Miami in recent seasons: where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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