9/26/2011: According to Yahoo sports Willie Lyles took money from Tennessee and used it to pay for airfare for some player’s mother to visit campus on a recruiting visit:
An assistant coach during Lane Kiffin’s tenure at the University of Tennessee wired $1,500 to a talent scout in July 2009, funding the airfare for an unofficial recruiting trip by then five-star prospect Lache Seastrunk and his mother, Yahoo! Sports has learned.
This is a major violation of the NCAA rule that no black people are allowed to make money off the sweat and blood of college football players. Not even a trip to campus for Mom. The money is just for coaches and NCAA insiders. Willie Lyles is not the corrupt part of this system – the NCAA is.
Thanks to George Schroeder’s twitter feed for the link. Warning – following Schroeder is like moving to a flood zone – you will be inundated. Schroeder also has a link to this Arizona Republic series on BCS corruption. Many, many millions of dollars more, siphoned off for all sorts of corrupt deals. Whoever was chair of the BCS Compliance Committee when this was going down has got to be getting a little worried.