Oregon Football Recruiting Scandal: Report Claims Ducks Paid 25k to Land Recruit
Oregon Football Recruiting Scandal is The Newest Drama For the NCAA to Investigate
There is one overriding rule in all of sports. An edge over the competition will always be sought after. That is why we have steroids muddying every sport imaginable. It is why the NCAA has to always be on their toes for yet another infraction to boil over.
The latter may be true in the case of the Oregon Ducks football program. ESPN is reporting that NCAA officials are looking into claims the Ducks paid money to land recruits.
The investigation centers around Will Lyles of Complete Scouting Services in Houston, and Baron Flenory of New Level Athletics. Both parties received money from the university for services that may have netted them top recruits.
Lyles runs a mentor service where he coached and tutored Lache Seastrunk, the Ducks highly sought after recruit. Flenory also has a camp that mentors prospects. He happened to be hands on with DeAnthony Thomas, defensive back Cliff Harris, defensive back Dior Mathis and wideout Tacoi Sumler. All prospects signed with the Ducks.
If the Ducks did indeed pay these services to coax the recruits to sign with Oregon, they would be in violation of Bylaw 13. Bylaw 13 states that boosters are prohibited from directing a recruit to a school. If Lyles and Flenory in any way aided the recruitment of the athletes, they would be seen as boosters.
Flenory did divulge that the payment made to him was for a package for Oregon containing a list of recruits. He has since ceased working with the program.
This is just another top program getting their hands dirty. Oregon may not be in the wrong here. It may be months before an investigation drums up the truth. More often than not in college football, where there is smoke, there is always fire.
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