If you were worried about Oregon's involvement with Will Lyles and Baron Flenory, the University is doing it's best to end any and all speculation as soon as possible. And for an athletic department that is long known for being stingy with records, this is a refreshing change of pace.
Miles' invoice was dated February 22nd, 2010 (three weeks after national signing day), and the $25,000 fee covered his 2011 National Package, which included "game film and highlight film" from a number of states.
Flenory's invoice was for $3,500 (plus tax) and covered prospect names, high school attending, coaches names, contact numbers, measurables, and results from the Badger Sports 7v7 camps held throughout the nation.
While this story has blown up very quickly, it seems like the U of O compliance department is on top of things. These new details, along with recent comments by former Oregon recruiting coordinator Deryk Gilmore, should ease any worries that Ducks fans have.
While the NCAA will no doubt continue to look into these issues, the proactive nature of the Oregon athletic department is very encouraging. They obviously are not trying to hide anything that has happened in these transactions, and are going out of their way to provide information to the public, something we haven't seen happen often in recent years.
[UPDATE] It shouldn't come as a surprise, but Oregon has acknowledged that the NCAA has requested Oregon's documentation on their scouting services. Oregon will likely comply with any and all NCAA requests. They continue to claim that the payments made were allowable under NCAA rules.
[UPDATE x2] Before being contacted by the NCAA, Oregon initiated contact with the Pac-10 on the topic of scouting services. They say that this was the reason for the NCAA request. They are fully prepared to work with the conference and the NCAA, and believe their payments are allowable under NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3. Full text of the bylaw after the jump.
NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3 states that an "institution may subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes, provided the institution does not purchase more than one annual subscription to a particular service and the service: (Adopted: 1/1/02, Revised: 1/16/10)
(a) Is made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate for all subscribers;
(b) Publicly identifies all applicable rates;
(c) Disseminates information (e.g., reports, profiles) about prospective student-athletes at least four times per calendar year;
(d) Publicly identifies the geographical scope of the service (e.g., local, regional, national) and reflects broad-based coverage of the geographical area in the information it disseminates;
(e) Provides individual analysis beyond demographic information or rankings for each prospective student-athlete in the information it disseminates; (Revised: 4/13/10)
(f) Provides access to samples or previews of the information it disseminates before purchase of a subscription; and
(g) Provides video that is restricted to regularly scheduled (regular-season) high school, preparatory school or two-year college contests and for which the institution made no prior arrangements for recording. (Note: This provision is applicable only if the subscription includes video services.)