Tag:Lache Seastrunk Transfer
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 3:41 pm

Seastrunk: 'Something was about to go down' at UO

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk has signed the financial aid papers and started the process necessary to join the Baylor football team. The former five-star recruit and Texas-native is thrilled to be back in his home state, and discussed the decision to leave Oregon in an interview with 1660 ESPN Radio in Waco.

"I felt like God wanted me to be [at Oregon]," Seastrunk said. "But God will also pull you out of the storm before it happens. I felt like something was about to go down, and God wanted me to get up out of there."

That "storm" that could go down at Oregon started with the NCAA's interest in Seastrunk's relationship with Texas businessman Will Lyles. Lyles, who has offered recruiting services to multiple FBS schools including LSU, Cal, and the Ducks, received $25,000 from Oregon for a recruiting package. Lyles, himself, claims that Oregon was really paying for access and influence to highly recruited Texas-natives like Seastrunk and current Oregon running back LaMichael James.

In fairness to Seastrunk, a big part of him wanting to return to his home state is the health of his grandparents. Later in the interview (you can listen to it HERE) Seastrunk credits his grandparents for a being a big part of his current success. But his decision to leave Oregon before any NCAA allegations ("something was about to go down") have been made does seem rather convenient.

There is also the issue of Seastrunk's eligibility. In the interview, the redshirt freshman said he would plead the case of his grandparents health in order to receive immediate eligibility with the Bears. But there may be another option. As CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer suggested, the NCAA may choose to use the same "limited immunity" tool with Seastrunk that was likely used with the former Miami players like Purdue's Robert Marve and Kansas State's Arthur Brown, among others. Seastrunk could offer the NCAA information on his relationship with Lyles, and in return possibly obtain the eligibility he is looking for at Baylor.

Regardless of the process, Seastrunk's comments suggest that the NCAA is closing in on Oregon/Lyles. He saw the warning signs in the sky, and decided it was a good time to skip town. Something tells me the intermission is coming to a close and the next act in this particular NCAA-related scandal is about to begin.

Getcha popcorn ready.
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 4:24 pm

Former Duck Lache Seastrunk signs with Baylor

Posted by Chip Patterson

The recruitment of highly-touted running back Lache Seastrunk has been well-documented for very different reasons over the last year. After being granted his release from Oregon over the weekend, Seastrunk has decided to take his talents to Waco, TX.

Baylor announced on Tuesday that Seastrunk has signed a financial aid contract and will enroll at the school with plans of joining the football team. He redshirted the 2010 season in Eugene and hopes to join the Bears immediately.

"I think Lache is back where he needs to be," head coach Art Briles said in the school's release, "on Texas soil at Baylor University where he will have the opportunity to get a quality education and play football at the highest level. We're looking forward to him being a great teammate."

Oregon was once thrilled to land the top-ranked Texas-native, but Seastrunk's presence on campus fell under a cloud after the NCAA began looking into his relationship with Will Lyles. Oregon paid Lyles, a mentor to Seastrunk, $25,000 for recruiting services, and NCAA is concerned that those services violated recruiting regulations.

Seastrunk, though unproven in game action, should make a dynamic pairing in the Baylor backfield with talented quarterback Robert Griffin III.  The Bears open the 2011 season on Sept. 2, hosting the defending Rose Bowl champion TCU Horned Frogs.
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