You know how most lawyers will tell you to STFU? Yeah, Will Lyles is not really following that so well. And that's just fine with me.
- Lyles is doing his best to lose all credibility. Yesterday, he talked yet again, this time to John Canzano for a full hour. I haven't had a chance to listen to the full interview yet, but Matt Prehm tweeted much of the interview. The more Lyles talks, the more that he loses credibility. While I do not doubt the facts of his stories, those have not become the center of this story. It's become "Oregon threw Lyles under the bus," because they adhered to FOIA requests. Or, "Oregon scrambled to cover their tracks," despite any actual evidence to back that up. This guy loses credibility by the minute, and no Duck fan should take his opinions seriously.
- A couple podcasts for your listening pleasure this morning. Charles Robinson of Yahoo met with Colin Cowherd to discuss Oregon's vague possible rule-breaking. Also, Barron Flenory, who runs New Level Athletics and was friends with Chip Kelly, was on the Solid Verbal.
- If Oregon gets significantly hit by sanctions, this episode will go down as the most pathetic attempt at cheating in NCAA history. Andy Staples has some advice for wannabe cheaters. Hint: always pay cash. Always.
- Will Oregon face a recruiting hit from the Lyles allegations? I doubt it, but we'll have to wait until signing day to find out.
- The Big Lead has a reasonable take on the current Lyles situation. While just about every opinion writer out there is wondering how Kelly will survive his "cover up," this is one of the first pieces I've seen that realizes we do not know what Chip Kelly told the NCAA. In contrast, Matt Hinton gives us pure speculation. I miss SMQ.
- Congrats to Nate Costa, the newest member of Springfield's finest.
- Hey, how about actually talking a little football? Mocking The Draft takes a look at Cliff Harris, who has questions about whether or not his game will translate to the NFL. But despite his possible downsides, he'll likely go in the first round based on his pure talent as a cover corner.
- Avinash from Cal Golden Blogs has taken a really in-depth look at last years meeting between the Bears and the Ducks. He takes a look at Cal's defensive gameplan, which was very successfully planned and executed.
I'm sure everyone can't wait to speculate about Lyles and Oregon, so do that in the comments! GO DUCKS!