RB Seastrunk is granted his release from Oregon

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

But in a lengthy interview with Yahoo! Sports published in July, Lyles said the Ducks never directly asked him or paid him to guide athletes to Eugene. He instead maintains he was paid to help recruits achieve eligibility and make sure they followed through with their commitment to sign with the Ducks.

“I look back at it now and they paid for what they saw as my access and influence with recruits,” Lyles told Yahoo! Sports. “The service I provided went beyond what a scouting service should. … I made a mistake and I’m big enough of a man to admit I was wrong.”

Kelly has repeatedly refused to comment on the situation with Lyles. Oregon has retained a law firm in connection to the matter.

Last month athletic director Rob Mullens sent an email to key boosters that essentially said the university was cooperating with the NCAA investigation.

“As part of the university’s commitment to accountability, we want to reiterate that the institution takes this matter very seriously and remains dedicated to an open and transparent approach with the NCAA,” Mullens wrote.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

blog comments powered by Disqus