Willie Lyles, the owner of a scouting service that was paid $25,000 by the University of Oregon, informed Yahoo! Sports that the institution requested him to provide “retroactive players profiles to justify the payment”. Oregon is under an NCAA enforcement investigation concerning its football program, including an allegation the institution paid Lyles shortly after the signing of Texas prospect Lache Seastrunk (a Lyles mentee). Lyles told Yahoo! that Oregon head coach “Chip Kelly ‘scrambled’ and eventually asked Lyles to ‘find out what the best paying services is’ and send the school a bill for that amount”. Lyles contends Kelly “personally approved the $25,000 fee for Lyles’ services”. If Lyles’ statements are verified by the NCAA enforcement staff, then the institution could face institutional penalties and Kelly could be cited for failure to monitor and unethical conduct.
The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions implement the
recommendations outlined in the June 30, 2011, College Sports Best Practices newsletter, which can be read or downloaded by clicking here.