It's that time of year again: the spring sports season has reached its end and we still have three weeks before Pac-12 Media Day. The Cal news stream has slowed to a trickle, so we have to look elsewhere for interesting news. Today we'll look at something that's ruffling feathers up in Oregon: the Chip Kelly-Will Lyles scandal. Wilner provides his take on the situation.
The NCAA rulebook has a fair amount of gray area when it comes to the street agents/middle men/whatever you want to call Lyles — it hasn’t caught up to the 21st century way of doing business.
Which means there’s a lot riding on the outcome, not only for Oregon but the NCAA.
Other programs, and other street agents, will be watching closely. If the Ducks escape relatively unscathed, you can bet everyone else will charge into the wiggle room.
*** Reading the Yahoo! report, I wondered for the first time if Chip Kelly’s job might be on the line.
I’m not saying he will get fired or should get fired — we don’t know exactly what the NCAA will determine and we don’t know what Kelly has told his bosses at Oregon or NCAA investigators.
I’m just saying that, for the first time, I can see it happening.
Kelly’s actions — "scrambling" to acquire scouting material to justify the payment to Lyles; apparently lying to the Oregonian’s John Canzano (link above) — are those of a man who knows he did something he shouldn’t have.
After the jump Tedford decides to bring Marvin Jones to media day and crew celebrates independence day by winning the Temple Challenge Cup in England.
- The Pac-12 Media Day lineup was released. Tedford will bring Marvin Jones with him to media day later this month.