Oregon Reveals Recruiting Controversy Details


The University of Oregon athletic department today released far more detail than it previously had on it’s football teams dealings with recruiting ‘analyst’ Willie Lyles.  The Ducks paid Lyles $25,000 for ‘scouting services’ almost immediately after signing two top-Texas high school recruits who Lyles had been advising.

It’s unclear whether the key disclosures help or hinder the Ducks defense of their practices.

The positive news:

  • Willy Lyles paid his own expenses for the trip he took to a Florida awards show with Heisman finalist LaMichael James
  • Oregon was in contact with the NCAA by 9:30am the day that Yahoo broke the story of the questionable payment to Lyles

The concerning news:

  • Oregon revealed details on their scouting service payments which includes no payments over $10,000 other than the payment to Lyles making it appear to be outside normal practices

Will the Ducks wind up facing NCAA sanctions?  These documents don’t show anything that provides a clear answer but there are enough open questions to say that Oregon Football isn’t out of the woods yet.

Check out all the documents via The Oregonian