Patrick Peterson, Texas A&M Respond To Van Malone's Willie Lyles Claim

Patrick Peterson denied a claim made to ESPN by former Texas A&M cornerbacks coach Van Malone that Willie Lyles asked for more than $80,000 to send Peterson to the Aggies. Lyles, you’ll recall, has a reputation as a street agent and played a role in the recent Oregon Ducks’ NCAA investigation.

Malone, who’s now a Tulsa coach, to ESPN:

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. 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.

LSU Tigers star Peterson responded on ESPN radio, calling the claim “all baloney” and adding: “Why would I jeopardize my future over going to Texas A&M and $80,000 when I knew that my future was playing football?”

Texas A&M has weighed in with a statement of its own, calling the claim “a non-issue.”

For more on this story, visit And The Valley Shook, I Am The 12th Man, and Team Speed Kills.

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