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Report: Lyles Asked Texas A&M For Cash To Sign LSU’s Peterson

Auburn pay-for-play scandal?  Check.

Tennessee drug testing scandal?  Check.

LSU pay-for-play scandal?  Hey, that’s new.

First things first, before some imbecile types, “You love this kind of story,” know that we started this site to talk about SEC sports… not off-field scandals, allegations, accusations, tree-poisonings, etc.  So, no, we don’t love this kind of story. 

And please remember what site has been saying for months that the SEC is in danger of becoming the old Southwest Conference.  (That’d be us.) is reporting today that “Texas-based football trainer” Willie Lyles — who is already under investigation for $25,000 Oregon’s athletic department paid him — told Texas A&M that “it had to ‘beat’ $80,000 if it wanted to sign recruit Patrick Peterson in 2007.”  That according to a former Aggie coach. 


We’re not talking about a radio host making claims, folks.  This is a former BCS-level assistant coach.

Peterson, of course, signed to play at LSU where he starred before leaving early for the NFL this spring.  He is currently the #1 player on Mel Kiper’s list of draft prospects.

“A few days after the kid’s visit (to College Station), Will calls and says, ‘If you want this kid, there are other schools that want this kid as well.  They’re willing to pay a certain amount of money, around the $80,000 mark,’” former A&M cornerbacks coach Van Malone said. 

“He said that was something we were going to have to beat as a university to be able to obtain the services of this kid.”

Peterson originally committed to Miami before signing with LSU.

Malone is now an assistant coach at Tulsa.  Lyles and Peterson would not give ESPN comments for their report.  But Peterson’s father did speak, telling ESPN: “This is my first time hearing this.  This is a shocker.  It could have happened.  It could have come out of (Lyles’) mouth, that’s what happens.  These guys try to make money on their own, they are kind of like escort services.  That’s what I call them, escort services.”

Malone claims that he told Lyles that A&M didn’t pay for players.  He also said that he told Peterson — the player, not the father — that Lyles was trying to sell his services.

Patrick Peterson Sr. says he has no connection to Lyles, though he does admit to having talked to him at various football camps.  “It’s like Cam Newton, same thing.  These guys — they are trying to get paid.  You have to be careful who you talk to, who you deal with it.  I just know him from the camps.”

Question: How many LSU fans have spent the past six months claiming that Auburn must’ve paid Newton because his father was asking for cash elsewhere?  In other words, if he wanted $180,000 from Mississippi State, why would he go to Auburn for free?

Now, irony of ironies, Auburn fans will likely use that same argument in regards to Peterson.  If someone was selling him to Texas A&M for $80,000, why would he go to LSU for free?

And that, my friends, is why we continually warn against pointing fingers at other schools’ programs.  Eventually what comes around goes around.

Especially in the seedy world of college football and basketball recruiting.



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