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Cal Paid Much Less For Willie Lyles Scouting Package Than Oregon [The Oregonian]

Ken Goe reports. Here's the important quotes relevant to us. "Willie Lyles, the Houston-based talent scout whose relationship with Oregon is the subject of a NCAA investigation, also sold scouting packages to California and Louisiana State. And, according to an invoice released to The Oregonian in response to a public records request, Cal paid much less for a similar package. Lyles billed California $5,000 for what is described on the invoice as the Complete Scouting Services' "2010 National Package." On the invoice, it appears nearly identical to the CSS "2011 National Package" for which Oregon paid Lyles $25,000. ... Interestingly, the 2010 package that Cal was bought is listed as having been shipped on March, 23, 2010. The 2011 package that Oregon bought is listed as having been shipped on Feb. 22, 2010." As we discussed yesterday, no investigation into Cal has occurred as of yet. While it may look bad, the money is the issue, and the $5k payment is standard for recruiting services (Lyles himself has indicated that all Cal wanted was Texas recruiting film, according to the old Yahoo Sports report). Plus Cal's compliance department seems cooperative, so that's always a good sign.

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