Spring football is sprung, and the 2010 national title-contending Oregon Ducks are back at it on the football field, which can mean only one thing: It's prime time for reporters to finally question players directly about their relationships with street agents! Huzzah! Reporters caught up with running backs LaMichael James and Lache Seastrunk at Saturday's open practice, and The Oregonian details the hotshot duo's responses to the media chatter currently surrounding Willie Lyles, currently under scrutiny for his various degrees of relationships with Oregon, LSU, and Texas A&M.
Here's James on Lyles:
"I talk to him all the time. He has never steered me wrong or given me bad advice. I can really pick people out who are negative for me. I don't think he is a negative person at all. I think he is a good person."
"It's nothing dealing with me," he said. "I'm not worried about it. I know God is going to block it all from me and keep me focused on what I need to be focused on, which is school and football."
The kids would rather focus on football, and frankly, so would we. Again, let's recall that while this story is buoying many a bored college football writer through the doldrums of the offseason, and while pay-for-play schemes of the sort being bandied about in the story that ties Lyles to LSU phenom Patrick Peterson and Texas A&M is obviously illegal, the sorts of scouting services Lyles provides on the up-and-up do not technically run afoul of NCAA regulations, at least not right now.
More quotes from the two runnin' Ducks are available for your intense parsing at the above link. For more on James, Seastrunk, and the spring football preparations of the Oregon Ducks, visit SB Nation's Addicted To Quack.