Texas Tried To Paint Willie Lyles As A Menace, According To Report

When Willie Lyles said the Texas Longhorns should've employed Complete Scouting Services, you might have thought he was just joking. Actually, he might have been clarifying which _____ Scouting Services outfit Texas should've spent their money on. According to ESPN's Mike Fish, the Horns paid Lyles' Elite Scouting Services $15,000 for a one-year deal beginning in July 2008.

That readies a red flag or two due to Lyles' rep, but here's part of the bigger revelation on where some of that rep might've come from:

Lyles, who did not return calls for comment, has previously accused Texas of leading a campaign against him because he refused to push players toward the school. The documents -- including email exchanges between coaches and staff, as well as boosters and friendly media types -- clearly indicate UT was eager to play a role in exposing Lyles.

Media accounts tying Lyles to other college programs routinely were exchanged via email among the UT athletic staff, often originating with head coach Mack Brown.

Going back through the timeline, it is apparent that Lyles' name went sour among Texas media outlets far sooner than it did elsewhere. Whether that's because they'd become more familiar with his doings than others had or because of grand conspiracies, we'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

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