Lyles Opens Up Regarding Payments

Willie Lyles, the subject of much media scrutiny, outlined his relationship with the University of Oregon today in a story released by Yahoo! Sports. Lyles, a Houston-based mentor to many potential student athletes maintained that while he did receive $25,000 in payments for scouting potential players he didn't influence anyone's decision on where they might end up playing football.

Lyles, has remained silent until the Yahoo! story except for two radio appearances. All along Lyles has held that he has done nothing improper.

Today's Yahoo story however, does indicate that Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly thanked Lyles for helping arrange for a visit by Trovan Reed, Lache Seastrunk and Dontae Williams. Seastrunk and Williams signed letters of intent with Oregon and both enrolled in June 2010. Williams left the Ducks program following the end of the 2010 season. Seastrunk is the third string running back on the Ducks roster. Seastrunk took his official visit to Oregon on December 12, 2009 after visiting California on October 4, 2009 and UCLA on October 18, 2009.

Reed ultimately ended up at Auburn but visited the Oregon campus on 10/31/2009 as did Williams.

Lyles also told Yahoo! Sports of his role in helping LaMichael James become eligible for enrollment by transferring high schools at the end of his senior year of high school in 2007.

In the Yahoo! story, Lyles also provided copies of email from Oregon staffers and the Oregon compliance office regarding Seastrunk, specifically about Seastrunk's grandmother signing the National Letter of Intent rather than Seastrunk's mother.

Oregon has yet to comment on the Lyles case other than the initial statement that the Ducks' football program acted within proper guidelines.

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