Remember our good friend Dan Dakich? The former Hoosier turned sportscaster made news today on his radio show by saying that he has heard from a “reliable source” that Trey Lyles, the 2014 recruit that decommitted from Indiana and is currently considering the Cats, took a visit to Kentucky before reopening the recruiting process. Dakich said that Lyles visited the school back in July during what is known as the “dead period,” in which no contact is allowed between coaches and players. Jeff Goodman tweeted that he had heard similar rumors about Lyles being on campus during the dead period, but was unable to confirm them.
Now, let’s be clear about what is a violation here. If Lyles visited campus during the dead period and had contact with the coaches, toured the basketball facilities, etc., or if the staff in any way facilitated his visit, that is a violation. However, if he and his family drove around campus by themselves, it is not.
Various media members have interviewed Tom Lyles, Trey’s father, who said that Dakich’s claims are 100% false and that Lyles’ only visit to campus happened last Saturday.
Dan Dakich stirring up stuff on a Friday afternoon? Never…
UPDATE: Adam Zagoria spoke to both Dakich and Tom Lyles about the situation. Dakich claims to have heard that Lyles visited Kentucky during the dead period from a “very good source”:
“And they told me July. Now, was it Aug. 1? I have no idea. They told me July. Nobody told me anybody met with coaches. Nobody told me any of that, just said they went to Kentucky in July.”
Tom Lyles, who calls Dakich’s accusations “ridiculous,” “retarded” and “dumb,” maintains that his son only visited campus on September 1st:
“It is ridiculous, it is flat out ridiculous that Dakich or anybody else out there would want to start up these untrue rumor simply because a kid decided that he wanted to be recruited, that he wanted to experience what it’s like to be recruited and now people are upset so they want to start spreading lies,” Tom Lyles told SNY.tv by phone.
“I don’t know where Dan is getting his information. I don’t know why Dan would want to put something like that out there.”