Report: Lyles had ties to LSU, Cal

A talent scout whose relationship with the University of Oregon’s football program is under investigation by the NCAA also had ties to California and LSU.

The Oregonian newspaper reported Saturday that Willie Lyles, a Houston-based talent scout who was paid $25,000 by Oregon for his scouting packages, billed Cal $5,000 and LSU $6,000 for similar packages that included game and highlight films of high school and junior college players from 22 different states.

The Oregonian obtained invoices for the transactions through open-records requests.

The NCAA’s probe is focused on what exactly Oregon obtained from Lyles. In recent interviews, Lyles has said that he and the Ducks both knew he was selling access and influence with highly recruited players.

Lyles did not respond to the Oregonian’s multiple requests for comment.