Tennessee Football Dragged Into Willie Lyles Investigations

Ah, Lache Seastrunk. The most tantalizing college football recruit in all the land, he must have been. The former Oregon Ducks and current Baylor Bears running back, who was  part of the original Willie Lyles scandal, has gotten the Tennessee Volunteers involved as well.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin, Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel, former Vols secondary coach Willie Mack Garza "wired $1,500 to a talent scout in July 2009, funding the airfare for an unofficial recruiting trip by then five-star prospect Lache Seastrunk and his mother."

Of course this occurred during the Lane Kiffin administration, and of course Garza followed Kiffin to the USC Trojans. When last we heard of Garza, he was resigning from USC amid reports that he'd been involved with Willie Lyles. So, yep. One more Kiffin mess for the Vols to clean up.

Still, Vols blog Rocky Top Talk is confident UT's hands are clean here:

Didn't the NCAA essentially conclude, in part anyway, that Tennessee was in the clear for the actions of its former employees operating outside the scope of their employment (I doubt "violating the NCAA rulebook" is in the job description) because all of those wrongdoing employees were no longer employees? Didn't they pretty much conclude that the better philosophy is to have coaches' wrongs follow coaches? Heck, Garza not only is no longer employed by Tennessee, he's no longer employed by Kiffin at USC.    

For more, visit Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk.

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