Please forgive me if this has been discussed on this site already, but to my knowledge it has not. When I first read the title of THIS ARTICLE, I was extremely nervous that the UT program had been caught and implicated in some kind of wrong-doing. After I read it, though, I was very confused. I figured that maybe I was naive and/or ignorant of what Texas had done wrong, or that I was somehow unable to connect the dots. Then I read THIS PIECE on Barking Carnival this morning. Seems like other Texas fans are a little confused by the article as well. Here are my thoughts:
Unless I am missing something, that seems to be where the story ends as far as Texas is concerned. Willie Lyles went on to stir up controversy with other schools, most notably Oregon. There is now an ongoing NCAA investigation centering around Lyles and the schools he dealth with. I'm just confused by this whole story that ESPN chose to publish. Are they pursuing some sort of angle? The tone of the article seems to be "look at what Texas did!" When you examine the facts that the article presents, though, it seems to be a textbook example of how NOT to get your program involved in any kind of shady recruiting deals. I don't really get it.
On another note, I guess those fears that ESPN would treat Texas differently due to the LHN aren't really panning out. ESPN seems to be trying to make much ado about nothing here, almost bending over backwards to suggest Texas might have done something wrong. Strange story to report, especially with modern media choosing to usually only publish the ugly side of college sports. The only thing I can take from this article is that Texas should be commended for its entire handling of the situation. Thoughts?