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The new pay for play recruiting scandal surrounding #1 NFL Draft Prospect and Former LSU DB Patrick Peterson has its first B.S. denial. Peterson himself gave the following denial through LSU today, which if you believe; I’ve got a beach in Antarctica I’d like to sell you with a jungle full of Palm Trees, and Girls in Coconut Bras and Grass Skirts!!!

Here’s Peterson’s Statement courtesy of LSU:

Statement from LSU CB Patrick Peterson on Willie Lyles….
“I have never had any type of relationship with Willie Lyles and he had no influence on my decision to attend LSU, or any other school for that matter. He had no involvement with my recruiting process and I resent the fact that my name has come up in these allegations. I chose LSU because it’s a great school with a great football program. I never received nor was I offered anything to go to LSU and anyone saying otherwise is being dishonest.”

http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205127282&DB_OEM_ID=5200

This is about as believable as someone telling you that Big Foot, Elvis, Hoffa, and The Loch Ness Monster have drinks at an Applebee’s in Toledo, Ohio every week … The fact of the matter is that Cam Newton, Jim Tressel, the Buckeye-5, and Patrick Peterson are giving their Schools as well as College Football as a whole a bad name by continuing to hide the truth even when presented with testimony to the contrary. It’s time for all of these guys to Man-Up and own what they’ve done!!!

Here is the latest ESPN Coverage of the Peterson Scandal:

Willie Lyles asked Texas A&M for $80K

// By Kelly Naqi
ESPN
Pay For Play?
Willie Lyles, a Texas-based football trainer who is under NCAA investigation after receiving $25,000 from Oregon, told Texas A&M it had to beat $80,000 if it wanted to sign star recruit Patrick Peterson in 2007, a former Texas A&M coach told ESPN on Wednesday

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    Willie Lyles, a Texas-based football trainer who is under NCAA investigation after receiving $25,000 from Oregon, told Texas A&M it had to “beat” $80,000 if it wanted to sign star recruit Patrick Peterson in 2007, a former Texas A&M coach told ESPN on Wednesday.

    Van Malone, the former cornerbacks coach at Texas A&M, told ESPN that Lyles phoned him in 2007 after Peterson had visited the College Station, Texas, campus.

    “A few days after the kid’s visit, 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,'” 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.”

    A few days after the kid’s visit, 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.’

    — Van Malone, the former cornerbacks coach at Texas A&M, on Willie Lyles’ demands for recruit Patrick Peterson

     

    Peterson originally committed to the University of Miami but ended up signing with LSU. Now a junior, he has declared for the NFL draft and is the No. 1 player on ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper’s Big Board.

    Malone is the recruiting coordinator and defensive secondary coach at the University of Tulsa. He said he told Lyles that A&M doesn’t pay for football players. Malone added he told Peterson in a subsequent phone conversation that Lyles was trying to sell his services.

    Peterson, in a statement issued through LSU, said: “I have never had any type of relationship with Willie Lyles and he had no influence on my decision to attend LSU, or any other school for that matter. He had no involvement with my recruiting process and I resent the fact that my name has come up in these allegations. I chose LSU because it’s a great school with a great football program. I never received nor was I offered anything to go to LSU and anyone saying otherwise is being dishonest.”

    Lyles could not be reached Wednesday night.

    Peterson said he remembers meeting Lyles at a USC football camp, but “[Lyles] basically said hi,” according to Peterson’s agent, Patrick Lawlor. Added Lawlor: “I can assure you Patrick had no idea about anyone shopping him.”

    Lawlor said Peterson and his father, Patrick Peterson Sr., told him that they did not know anything about Lyles shopping the cornerback’s commitment.

    “They are both shocked,” Lawlor said.

    Peterson Sr. said he remembers taking the visit with his son to Texas A&M.

    Peterson Sr. described his son’s visit as a good trip. But he said he had a feeling his son would end up playing in the Southeastern Conference, not the Big 12. He said he had not heard any allegations that Lyles was asking schools for money for his son.

    “This is my first time hearing this. This is a shocker,” Peterson Sr. told ESPN. “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.”

    Peterson Sr. said he has talked to Lyles at some football camps, but other than that, he said he has no relationship with Lyles. He said Lyles, when they’ve talked, has often asked him for information on players from Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., which is his son’s alma mater.

    “It’s like Cam Newton, same thing,” Peterson Sr. said, referring to the Heisman Trophy winner and former Auburn quarterback whose father was found to have asked for up to $180,000 for Newton to play at Mississippi State. “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 [Lyles] from the camps.”

    Former LSU assistant coach Earl Lane, who handled Peterson’s recruitment, said he did not have dealings with Lyles in the recruiting process in an interview with ESPN’s Joe Schad.

    “There’s a lot of rumor and innuendo,” said Lane, who has been out of coaching for the past two years. “But I believe in doing things the right way and on the up-and-up.”

    Lane said he’s heard of Lyles but “if the guy walked right in front of me right now I wouldn’t know who he is.”

    Lane said neither Peterson nor his father ever brought up money and never mentioned anyone else who had.

    Lane said Peterson reneged on a commitment to Miami after visiting with LSU’s academic staff and experiencing a Saturday night game at LSU.

    “It was overwhelming for him and his parents,” Lane said. “Anytime you have a top-ranked player who goes to another school there will be some sour grapes and things said.”

    Lane coached some of the best players in the SEC this decade, including Peterson, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson, but said he’s left coaching for the past two years to care for his father.

    A Texas A&M spokesman said the university was unaware of Malone’s comments about Lyles. Malone said he never told then-Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione about Lyles’ request because he planned to continue to recruit Peterson without going through Lyles.

    Earlier, LSU officials confirmed the school paid $6,000 to Complete Scouting Services, a college recruiting firm that Lyles started early last year. An LSU spokesman said the school did receive a DVD from Lyles in exchange for the $6,000.

    The NCAA is looking into Oregon’s $25,000 payment to Lyles’ firm and his involvement in the recruitment of running back Lache Seastrunk, of Temple, Texas, who ended up signing with the Ducks a few weeks before Oregon paid Complete Scouting Services. Oregon has confirmed it paid for Lyles’ scouting service.

    Peterson, who changed his last name from Johnson, was considered the top defensive back in the nation during his senior year in high school in 2007.

    Kelly Naqi is an investigative reporter for ESPN. Information from ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad is included in this report.

     http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6275253

    On March 14, 2011 we posted the following https://nachosaddpeppers.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/lsu-football-recruiting-service-scandal/, and today, that Smoke has shown us that there is in fact Fire! The pay for play recruiting scandal that was passed off by many on the 14th as nothing more than rumor has turned a new corner today with the revelation that Texas A&M was told they’d have to do better than  $80,000 to get Peterson coming out of high school.

    Below is the ESPN article released today on the matter … http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6275253

    Updated: March 30, 2011, 10:47 PM ET

    Willie Lyles asked Texas A&M for $80K

    By Kelly Naqi
    ESPN.com 

     

    Willie Lyles, a Texas-based football trainer who is under NCAA investigation after receiving $25,000 from Oregon, told Texas A&M it had to “beat” $80,000 if it wanted to sign star recruit Patrick Peterson in 2007, a former Texas A&M coach told ESPN on Wednesday.

    Van Malone, the former cornerbacks coach at Texas A&M, told ESPN that Lyles phoned him in 2007 after Peterson had visited the College Station campus.

    “A few days after the kid’s visit, 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,'” 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 the University of Miami but ended up signing with LSU. Now a junior, he has declared for the NFL draft and is the No. 1 player on ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper’s Big Board.

    Malone is the recruiting coordinator and defensive secondary coach at University of Tulsa. He said he told Lyles that A&M doesn’t pay for football players. Malone added he told Patrick Peterson in a subsequent phone conversation that Lyles was trying to sell his services.

    Neither Peterson nor Lyles could be reached Wednesday night. Peterson’s father, Patrick Peterson Sr., said he remembers taking the visit with his son to Texas A&M.

    Peterson Sr. described his son’s visit to Texas A&M as a good trip. But he said he had a feeling his son would end up playing in the Southeastern Conference, not the Big 12. He said he had not heard any allegations that Lyles was asking schools for money for his son.

    “This is my first time hearing this. This is a shocker,” Peterson Sr. told ESPN. “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.”

    Peterson Sr. said he has talked to Lyles at some football camps, but other than that, he said he has no relationship with Lyles. He said Lyles, when they’ve talked, is often asking him for information on players from Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., which is his son’s alma mater.

    “It’s like Cam Newton, same thing,” Peterson Sr. said, referring to the Heisman Trophy winner and former Auburn quarterback whose father was found to have asked for up to $180,000 for Newton to play at Mississippi State. “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 [Lyles] from the camps.”

    LSU officials could not be reached for comment. A Texas A&M spokesman said the university was unaware of Malone’s comments about Lyles. Malone said he never told then-Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione about Lyles request because he planned to continue to recruit Peterson without going through Lyles.

    Earlier, LSU officials confirmed the school paid $6,000 to Complete Scouting Services, a college recruiting firm that Lyles started early last year. An LSU spokesman said the school did receive a DVD from Lyles in exchange for the $6,000.

    The NCAA is looking into Oregon’s $25,000 payment to Lyles’ firm and his involvement in the recruitment of running back Lache Seastrunk, of Temple, Texas, who ended up signing with the Ducks a few weeks before Oregon paid Complete Scouting Services. Oregon has confirmed it paid for Lyles’ scouting service.

    Peterson, who changed his last name from Johnson, was considered the top defensive back in the nation during his senior year in high school in 2007.

    Kelly Naqi is an investigative reporter for ESPN.

    THERE’S SMOKE AND FIRE ON THE BAYOU!!!

    The Chicago Cubs have taken the Century old Battle with a Billy Goat to an all-time low. Now the Cubs organization not just its fans have gone on the offensive by attacking the VCU Rams Men’s Basketball team. The Cubs have invited Rams Coach Shaka Smart to sing at during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field this season, and Smart has unwittingly said he would accept if such an invitation is ever made. Yes he is a lifelong Cubs fan, however there is no ignoring the fact that The Cubs have attacked the Goat family as they sit on the cusp of history, Championship history … Cubs Fail!!!


    Cubs want Shaka Smart to sing at game

    ESPNChicago.com

    The Chicago Cubs plan to reach out to VCU coach Shaka Smart and Butler coach Brad Stevens after the NCAA tournament to invite them to sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field.

    For Smart, the experience likely will tug at his heartstrings as he remembers the times his grandfather, Walter King, took him to Wrigley as a child. Smart said that King, who is reportedly hospitalized in Chicago with failing kidneys, may be in his last days.

    “My grandfather unfortunately is probably in his last days with us,” Smart said Monday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “But some of my fondest memories with him are going to Wrigley Field, sitting on the first base side trying to catch some foul balls.”

    Those memories made Chicago feel like a second home to Smart, who is from Madison, Wis.

    “Chicago is my favorite city in the whole country, and I’ve spent a lot of time in the city of Chicago as a kid,” Smart said. “It was kind of a second home for me.

    “I’m a big Cubs fan, probably been to — conservatively — 50-60 Cubs games over the years. I once caught a Ryne Sandberg foul ball at my grandfather’s feet. So I’m a big Cubbies fan.”

    Smart and Stevens face off in an NCAA semifinal on Saturday, and Smart is under the impression he may have to win to earn an invite to throw out a first pitch or sing at Wrigley.

    “I would never turn that opportunity down, but I think we have to win a little bit more to get that offer,” he said. “I would love to do it. I love Wrigley, there’s no place I’d rather be to watch a ballgame.”

    Cubs spokesman Peter Chase told ESPNChicago.com that Smart already has earned the invitation, and for Stevens, it will be an encore performance after singing last year following a NCAA title game appearance for the Bulldogs.

    “We are aware of Coach Smart’s love for the Cubs and plan to reach out to him after the tournament,” Chase said. “VCU alum [and Cubs reliever] Sean Marshall has been keeping in touch with the athletic department as well.

    “It will be cool to see two Cubs fan coaches face off in the Final Four on Saturday, as Butler Coach Brad Stevens is a Cubs fan as well.”

    The Cubs won’t have to wait long for Smart’s answer.

    “Well I will be there if I get the invite,” Smart said. “You can book that.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/story?id=6267599

    Once again, the time has come tell Mr. Jeter to STOP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID!!!

    Here is the Extended Video of his Conversation with ESPN for this weeks installment of the SportsCenter segment “Sunday Conversation” … Just sit back, enjoy, and have yet another laugh at The Bronx Zoo …

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6263472

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    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6263472

    Karl Ravech gives the Captain every chance imaginable to sound like a Sane individual, and he takes none of them. This will undoubtedly be an interesting summer for the Pinstripes as they watch the man wearing #2 continue to decline while pocketing their money.


    I hope they  didn’t Steal Evan Longoria’s Hat!!!



    Rays stars victims of home invasion

    ESPN.com news services

    Tampa Bay Rays starters Evan LongoriaDavid Price and Reid Brignac were all victims of a home invasion of their shared house in Port Charlotte, Fla.

    Among the items stolen were a 60-inch flat screen TV, three iPads and two Xbox video game systems, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

    Price, who was the first to discover the break-in said he lost around $50,000 worth of items including several high-priced watches.

    None of the players were in the house at the time of the robbery, a stroke of luck the players were happy to address.

    “That was one of the biggest things,” Longoria said, “that everybody was okay and safe, and nobody had to fight their way out of a home invasion robbery. … A multitude of different things could have happened, and there could have been people injured.”

    This was the second time Longoria had been robbed this spring as a 1967 Camaro he owns was stolen from a lot in Arizona.

    “It’s unfortunate,” Longoria said of the break-in. “You just hope that karma catches up with whoever did it.”

    The players said they were told the police have several good leads.

    “They promised us they’ll do their best to find whoever did it,” Longoria said. “Hopefully, they can do some good police work and figure it out and try to recover some of the stuff.”

     

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2011/news/story?id=6265096

    Big Game Bob Stoops must have zero intention of ever seeing “The Big One” from the Sidelines again.  The following picture was taken on Friday March 25, 2011 at the Sooners Spring Football Practice …

    Yes, that’s right … No need to adjust your monitor … That really is FORMER University of Michigan Head Football Coach Rich Rodriguez standing with Stoops. I pray that Stoops merely invited Rodriguez to watch because the two are friends. However I fear that Stoops has sealed his fate, and will bring Rodriguez in as a Coach, and thus ensure that he will not see this Fall’s Freshman graduate!!!

    Next thing we’ll hear is that Jim Tressel will also join the Sooners Staff, and that he and Rodriguez will split the team’s Compliance duties!?!?!?

    There is no need to Blog any further other than to simply share the following: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=6254572

    Ralph Nader: Replace scholarships

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to “de-professionalize” college athletes.

    “As we near the exciting conclusion of ‘March Madness’ — which would more accurately be described as the 2011 NCAA Professional Basketball Championships — it’s time we step back and finally address the myth of amateurism surrounding big-time college football and basketball in this country,” said Nader, whose League of Fans is proposing that the scholarships be replaced with need-based financial aid. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the proposal Thursday, ahead of its official release.

    “An entire industry has developed in the youth sports arena — club teams, personal trainers, etc. — to prey on families’ dreams of an athletic scholarship.

    — Ralph Nader, on eliminating college scholarships for athletes

    NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said that referring to college athletes as professionals defies logic.

    “They are students, just like any other student on campus who receives a merit-based scholarship,” he said.

    Nader, a former presidential candidate, argued that his plan would also help reduce the “win-at-all-costs” mentality in high schools, by reducing the incentive of college scholarships.

    “An entire industry has developed in the youth sports arena — club teams, personal trainers, etc. — to prey on families’ dreams of an athletic scholarship,” he said. “The lure of the elusive athletic scholarship is the primary — sometimes the only — marketing tool these youth sports entrepreneurs use.”

    He said he would try to gin up support for his proposal from university presidents, Capitol Hill and the Education Department

    “We’ll use all the levers,” Nader said. “We’ll use the parents of athletes who’ve been mistreated and sick, and forced to play when they’re injured.”

    Nader added that he hadn’t yet canvassed Capitol Hill, but figured he’d find lawmakers who are concerned about the way college athletes are treated.

    The Drake Group, a college athletic watchdog organization, has called for replacing one-year athletic scholarships with need-based financial aid, or with multiyear athletic scholarships that extend to graduation.

    Nader said that colleges should either integrate athletics into the educational mission by eliminating college scholarships, or, “openly acknowledge the professionalism in big-time college sports, remove the tax-exempt status currently given to athletic departments, and make universities operate them as unrelated businesses.”

    The longtime former head of the NCAA, Walter Byers, has called for paying college athletes.

    Nader said his proposal was the opening initiative of a rejuvenated League of Fans, a sports reform group that has been dormant for some time.
    Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


    You’ve got to be kidding me, how can Officials at Ohio State possibly stand in support of Jim Tressel? Even the Tennessee Volunteers had the common sense to Terminate Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl at the conclusion of this current season in response to his own NCAA Violations. This says a lot for the Vols as Pearl admitted to his wrongdoings although not until after he had been caught by the NCAA, yet still lost his job. Tressel on the other hand has done everything imaginable to cover up his knowledge of the violations by his players. He has “apologized” now several times in his efforts to deflect further media speculation into the violations and his involvement. Yet for every excuse, apology, and punishment; a new piece of evidence has been revealed which implicates OSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel in the biggest attempted cover-up since Watergate. Two games were not enough, Five was better, but far to little, LIFE is more than justified!!!

    The time has come for the Buckeye-5 to return their trophies, take down their banners, be banned from campus, Tressel to be Fired, and the Big Ten and NCAA to treat OSU Football the way they’ve treated Michigan’s Fab Five; as if they were the plague!!!

    Jim Tressel should never be allowed to Coach amateur sports again in this lifetime!!!

    Here is the ESPN Article on the latest revelation and lie from Tressel: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6257370

    Another must share … Gotta Love the Onion Sports Network!!!

    PITTSBURGH—Following a Tuesday skate-around in which concussed team captain Sidney Crosby practiced for the first time since January, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told reporters that his star player, who spent the majority of the press conference passed out and only occasionally woke up to vomit, is progressing nicely and should be back on the ice soon. “His recovery is right on schedule,” Bylsma said as Crosby quietly slurred a complaint about how bright the lights were, fell into a daze, and began convulsing. “We’re seeing some definite signs of improvement. We just have to keep at it until he can stand without assistance.” Bylsma claimed the team could expect Crosby to return as early as next week, or when he can remember who he is, where he is, and what hockey is, whichever comes first.

    As if things weren’t bad enough for the Washington Nationals with Phenom/Franchise Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg out for the 2011 Season recovering from Tommy John Reconstructive Surgery, now they have suffered even greater losses. Word has come today that Hamburger Chain FIVE GUYS has cancelled their plans to open a location inside Nationals Park, and as if this wasnt a big enough blow to the Organization and its Fans … there’s more.

    The Future of the Franchise, one Bryce Harper was carted off the field today during a Minor League Intersquad Game after collapsing while running the bases; with what the team is for now calling a Sprained Left Ankle. Harper’s status for the remainder of Spring Training, and the beginning of the Regular Season is unknown at this point, the Nationals will certainly proceed with extreme caution in getting him back on the field.

    Someday the fortunes of the Nationals and their fans will get brighter, but today as they sit watching FIVE GUYS leave for Free Agency, and Strasburg gets company in the Trainers Room from Harper; the Nats have nothing but a Magic 8 Ball saying “Try Again”.

    I guess the Nats will just have to stick with Racing Presidents, but it sure would’ve been nice to show up to Nationals Park to watch Strasburg and Harper while eating a FIVE GUYS Burger … oh well … the Nats are still irrelevant!!!