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For immediate release: July 14, 2011 LSU COOPERATES WITH NCAA IN SCOUTING SERVICE...

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For immediate release: July 14, 2011 LSU COOPERATES WITH NCAA IN SCOUTING SERVICE INQUIRY; IDENTIFIES MATERIALS PROVIDED BY FOOTBALL SCOUTING SERVICE BATON ROUGE – LSU has cooperated with the NCAA regarding questions about a college scouting service by supplying materials and answering questions posed by an NCAA official to several members of the LSU football coaching staff last week. The football coaches who participated in the questioning met with the NCAA official on the LSU campus. Also, LSU has chosen to identify the contents of materials supplied to the university’s football coaching staff in 2010 by Complete Scouting Services and its director Will Lyles. LSU is issuing this statement in order to provide factual information about the materials provided by the service to LSU. These materials have been supplied to the NCAA by LSU. The LSU football coaching staff specifically requested information pertaining to junior college prospects in California and Kansas for evaluation purposes. The material LSU received from Complete Scouting Services consisted of two types: (1) DVDs containing game footage or highlights on prospects, and (2) typewritten pages containing basic data on prospects. The DVDs provided by Complete Scouting Services contain footage of 32 California and Kansas junior college prospects from the 2010-11 recruiting year. The prospects were eligible to sign national letters of intent in February 2011. The DVDs also contain footage of one 2010-11 Texas high school prospect and one 2007-08 Kansas junior college prospect, material which LSU had not requested. The typewritten material consists of 91 pages of roster-type information from junior colleges in California and Kansas. The material consists almost entirely of information pertaining to prospects that had finished junior college in 2009-10 and had already enrolled in a four-year college by the time LSU received the materials. The LSU coaching staff did not attempt to collect the correct 2010-11 typewritten data from the service because it determined the video footage was sufficient for its evaluation purposes. LSU issued a check in the amount of $6,000 on December 21, 2010 to pay for these services from Complete Scouting Services. LSU will make no further comment at this time regarding these matters.

From Asst. AD Herb Vincent via Press Release Says what we've herd all along, LSU paid Lyles for scouting information (which I'll again remind you is not against any NCAA laws) about JUCO kids in California and Kansas (where Mettenberger spent last season.) What LSU got were DVDs on those JUCO prospects and Lyles threw in unrequested DVDs of current Texas HS prospects and one 07-08 Kansas JUCO prospect (Gold Star for whoever can figure out who that is supposed to be) LSU also got outdated California and Kansas JUCO rosters, and was apparently so unimpressed with the service that they didn't bother asking for the correct information. Looks like everything is on the up and up, and that Lyles isn't that great of a scouting service.
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