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Sources: USC coach resigns due to NCAA probe

Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:07 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2011 11:25 pm
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Posted by Bryan Fischer

USC defensive backs coach Willie Mack Garza resigned from his position Thursday due to his involvement with a NCAA recruiting probe, two sources told CBSSports.com.

Garza cited personal reasons unrelated to the school as the reason for his departure in a statement but sources said his resignation was a direct result of his involvement with former scout Will Lyles and a related NCAA probe into possible recruiting violations.

Lyles interviewed with NCAA investigators for several hours with his lawyers present on Tuesday. During the interview, Lyles revealed that he had a "relationship" with Garza prior to becoming an assistant at Tennessee according to sources. USC officials were notified on Wednesday of the connection and moved swiftly to work out Garza's departure. 

NCAA enforcement staff is currently investigating Lyles' scouting service connections to several programs, including Oregon and LSU. A source said it was not related to Tennessee's NCAA case that was recently completed.

Garza, a former safety at Texas, followed head coach Lane Kiffin from Tennessee to USC in 2010 and was entering his second season with the Trojans before abruptly resigning. USC is currently on NCAA probation stemming from the school's major infractions case involving former running back Reggie Bush.




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Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Sources: USC coach resigns due to NCAA probe

Sorry, all of you "saying USC cheated" - what I meant to say.



Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Sources: USC coach resigns due to NCAA probe

Hate on, all you fools.

USC is corrupt...OK, tell me how.  Oh, you can't?  OK, thanks for coming.  All of you saying USC know nothing about what happened.  You just believe what you want to hear.  In the meantime, ESPN's darling leagues, the SEC and Big 12 can really show you how cheating is done, but they're too important to ESPN and CBS, so we'll just gloss over all of their transgressions.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Sources: USC coach resigns due to NCAA probe

Ahhhhhh...so you're a USC Honk eh?
I say that because of your statement of: "  Pat Haden and the unbelievably robust USC compliance committee are not going to allow any such actions - particularly egregious ones like paying recruits - take place."
You're HOPING nothing like that is going on and yes they would have to be stupid to do anything like that but nobody has ever accused people in college athletics who commit such infractions as super genuises.
They get caught up in their program's success and normally rational people do very irrational things.




Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Crooks Rule

USC---corrupt to the core.  It never changes.  How long will lane kiffin last with all these cheaters on the coaching staff?



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Sources: USC coach resigns due to NCAA probe

Wait a tick....USC?  According to e(sec)pn....this all ended when Reggie Bush got into trouble.  Hmmmmm.  So, they have mad other mistakes?  No, not the fighting condems.  Why did Pete leave again.... oh yeah, just "the Reggie thing".  That was all that was ever going on at USC.  Whatever.

Btw...  Cliff Harris (DB) for Oregon...what kind of car was he rolling in when he got caught for doing 118 mph with weed?  Haven't heard to much digging with these "other" schools.  Just curious.  Good luck with your cheating programs.



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 6:48 pm
 

@Bison

I take it you can barely read.

There was part of the article that went like this:

Lyles interviewed with NCAA investigators for several hours with his lawyers present on Tuesday. During the interview, Lyles revealed that he had a "relationship" with Garza prior to becoming an assistant at Tennessee according to sources. USC officials were notified on Wednesday of the connection and moved swiftly to work out Garza's departure.

Thus Garza knew Lyles prior to the 2009 season.  Garza wasn't even at USC then.  Garza is a Texas alum and likely knew Lyles from time spent in Texas.  If you look at the USC recruits from the classes of 2010 and 2011 (when Garza worked at USC), none are from Texas and thus none could have come Will Lyles involvement.  Of course you wouldn't know this since it is locked away on the internet.

This lengthy interview between Will Lyles and the NCAA tells me Oregon is gonna get nailed if Chip Kelly sticks around.



Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Sources: USC coach resigns due to NCAA probe

You don't know that for sure, there have been many t imes when a team is under scrutiny/investigation and yet they still flout the rules by continuing their illegal behavior.
Am I 100% positive?  I guess impossible to say that, but let's go 99.9%.  First of all, USC wasn't paying players to come anyway.  Reggie's infraction was a dude trying to become an agent for him as he turned pro.  Next, USC has one of the cleanest of the clean running the program now.  Pat Haden and the unbelievably robust USC compliance committee are not going to allow any such actions - particularly egregious ones like paying recruits - take place.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Sources: USC coach resigns due to NCAA probe

You don't know that for sure, there have been many t imes when a team is under scrutiny/investigation and yet they still flout the rules by continuing their illegal behavior.
WHY do you think SMU got the death penalty when they did? Because they continued to commit infractions eventhough they had been disciplined and were under investigation.
I'm not saying that USC is still doing it but to assume they would stop because they are under the microscope is a false and flawed assumption to make.
Sure it makes sense to think they would walk the straight & narrow whilst being investigated but we can't say with all certainty that they are and given the numerous programs in the country that continue to commit violations even while on probation or investigation than it isn't a stretch to say they certainly could be continuing to commit infractions.
Never say never is what we should have all learned by scandals past.



Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Sources: USC coach resigns due to NCAA probe

overheard the conversation about not having to worry about money
Really?  I call BS.  What's your implication here?  USC is the last team that would pay players/families - they're under the microscope!



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:42 pm
 

I saw a USC recruiter in FL

May be this guy. Saw him in a restaurant with the father and overheard the conversation about not having to worry about money. How USC will treat his boy like family and that they could arrange visits for the family. I even stopped by the table before the recruiter left to ask and he immediately said 'No, I don't work for USC.' and left.

Bottom line: They all do whatever they have to do to promote the program and get the players. The NCAA is a joke and has to stop being in denial. Kind of like the war on drugs - people will take drugs regardless of law.  


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