Jon Wilner has a good read on the Cal end of the Willie Lyles saga...
The list was sent from Lyles’ personal email account, as an attachment, to assistant coach Kenwick Thompson on Feb. 11, 2009 at 10:34 a.m., according to a document provided by Cal. (Thompson is from Houston and recruits the state of Texas.)
The date is five days after the National Signing Day for the class of 2009 and coincides with the start of the recruiting cycle for the class of 2010.
Lyles has said he worked for Elite Scouting Services until forming CSS in late 2009.
Asked about the apparent conflict, Tedford said: "That’s their problem. He billed us as Complete."
This doesn't appear to pass the smell test.
Cal paid Elite $10,000 in January, and Lyles $5000 presumably in late February, while he was still working for Elite. Lyles admits he didn't start CSS until late 2009, but Tedford blows it off as 'their problem', since Lyles billed them under the Complete name.
Somebody got defrauded here.
I wonder if the NCAA will buy that excuse and not hold Cal accountable for failing to do their due diligence. They had to know he was employed by Elite, but sending a check to Complete is a bit fishy...especially when you're getting essentially the same material.
On another note...
Cal was able to pull the video that Lyles provided them from their database and provided it to the NCAA...Why couldn't Oregon do the same?
This is far from over...
Like peeling another layer off the onion.