Oregon Ducks Receive NCAA Letter Of Inquiry In Willie Lyles Investigation

The Oregon Ducks are under investigation and more details are slowly leaking out. The Ducks paid Will Lyles $25,000, but the recruiting package he provided was outdated and incomplete.

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Oregon Ducks Receive NCAA Letter Of Inquiry In Willie Lyles Investigation

Saturdays are normally sacred, but today it was announced that Oregon has received an NCAA Notice of Inquiry. This is the next step in formally investigating the university in the wake of the controversial use of Willie Lyles, the owner of a scouting service.

In case you've forgotten, Lyles was paid $25,000 by the University of Oregon for scouting information. The NCAA has reason to believe that the school was actually paying for assistance in bringing top recruits to Eugene, an accusation that both Oregon and Lyles deny.

From CBS Sports:

"This notice has been anticipated and is simply the next stage of the process," said Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens in the statement. "The University of Oregon football program, from Head Coach Chip Kelly through the entire organization, has tremendous respect for the NCAA's important role in monitoring collegiate athletics and, to this end, continues to fully cooperate with the NCAA ‘s ongoing examination.

"The Athletic Department, Coach Kelly and the entire staff remain committed to operating the athletics program consistent with the highest standards and ensuring our program follows best practices."

This is a logical step in the process, and if Oregon did anything out of compliance, the NCAA will certainly discover it. We are a long way from sanctions or punishment in this matter, though this is a public relations nightmare for an up-and-coming program like Oregon.

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NCAA Investigating Will Lyles, Baron Flenory, Not Oregon Ducks, According To Report

The NCAA has reportedly opened an investigation into Will Lyles and Baron Flenory, two men who run recruiting services with ties to recruits that landed at Oregon and other schools in the last few years. The investigation does not formally encompass Oregon or any of the other football programs, but instead is centered on Lyles and Flenory, along with the scouting services they were tied to. An earlier report by Yahoo! indicated the two men were paid upwards of $25,000 by the University of Oregon for services rendered and recruits the two had ties two ended up signing letters of intent with the Ducks.

According to a report by ESPN’s Joe Schad and Mark Schlabach, the NCAA is looking deeper into scouting services and how they charge institutions.

The NCAA has been exploring the involvement of third-parties in the football recruiting process, specifically in regard to coaches and others who affiliate themselves with 7-on-7 camps and also people who work for recruiting services that charge programs, according to sources.

The men have ties to players from Oregon, including Lache Seastrunk and LaMicahel James, as well as Auburn, Baylor, USC and other programs spanning the country.

The NCAA is looking to crack down on scouting services and 7-on-7 camps that charge schools for the service while showcasing recruits. NCAA president Mark Emmert said the NCAA is looking to close loopholes and develop rules to deal with those associated with scouting services, including advisors and agents.

While the investigation isn’t focusing on the schools themselves right now, it’s possible it heads that direction if it’s found Lyles, Flenory or others established an improper relationship.

For the latest, stay with our StoryStream as more becomes available. For more on the Ducks, check out SB Nation’s Addicted To Quack.

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