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Former UK staffer, Rob Mullens, in hot water at Oregon

Trying to RISE above sanctions

The next great debate leading up to college football season may just be who was cheating more between last year’s national title contenders, Auburn or Oregon? Rob Mullens, the former deputy director of athletics at UK, has a lot on his plate with the recently surfaced evidence of improper recruiting practices by Oregon coach, Chip Kelly, stemming from his involvement with a well-known Texas scout named, Will Lyles. Lyles said he was paid $25,000 by the Ducks not to directly get recruits to Oregon, but to make sure they qualified and stayed true to their commitment once they had verbally committed to Kelly. One recruit who Lyles built a strong relationship with was LaMichael James, last season’s Heisman trophy runner-up. Lyles pushed for James to transfer from his high school in Texas to a school in Arkansas so he could have avoided a certain standardized test necessary for college admission. Kelly was only an assistant at Oregon at the time, but praised Lyles’ action as a ‘great idea’.

In another instance, Kelly communicated with Lyles extensively through the recruitment of Lache Seastrunk, who almost didn’t make it to Oregon because his mother didn’t want to sign off on his letter of intent to the Ducks. Lyles organized a petition for a change of guardianship for Seastrunk so that his grandmother could sign off on the document, which she did. In addition, Lyles accompanied recruits on a trip to see the Oregon-USC game in 2009, after which Kelly sent Lyles a handwritten note thanking him for attending and bringing the recruits.

This is a pretty serious offense, especially if Lyles is deemed to be a booster recruiting players. It’s rare to see an AD not take at least some of the blame when infractions this big are occurring, but luckily for Mullens, all of this began before his tenure started. There are no guarantees with the insanity that is the NCAA infractions committee, but Chip Kelly should be in quite a bit of trouble. Oregon has gone from the talk of college football to, most likely, a team taking a big hit of sanctions. It’s a real embarrassment for their program. Mullens issued this statement regarding the whole incident:

“The University of Oregon athletic department has and will continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA inquiry. Our department is committed to helping the NCAA in any way possible and until their work is complete, we are unable to comment further. Oregon athletics remains committed to operating a program of integrity.”

Luckily for UK, the only embarrassing thing we have to worry about is Winston Guy’s twitter feed.

Article written by Matthew Hays

19 Comments for Former UK staffer, Rob Mullens, in hot water at Oregon

  1. Disillusioned UK football fan
    12:01 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    “Luckily for UK, the only embarrassing thing we have to worry about is Winston Guy’s twitter feed.”

    IDK, out football program itself is pretty embarrassing 🙁

  2. tdogg4033011
    12:02 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    30 minutes and not 1 comment?? I didn’t even think 4th of July weekend slowed down the BBN !!!!

  3. Jimmys Swag
    12:19 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    I hope joker isn’t paying for all of these 2 star recruits. That’d be embarrassing.

  4. bung
    12:19 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    how about some inside stories about the 58 natl Champ Wildcats

  5. Rafe
    12:35 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    5. Like most of your basketball titles, nobody is alive that remembers.

  6. Rafe
    12:37 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink


  7. Rhymes With Thespian
    12:44 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Well that’s a relief.

    Now the NCAA has an upstart they can hammer and let OSU off easy.

  8. Bumfuzzled
    12:50 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone know who the two people in the photo are?
    Could this shade some light on why a highly touted prospect from East of the Mississippi would be so seriously attracted to Oregon or SC?

  9. Judge Roy Bean
    12:57 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Rafe, besides your trouble with numbers, what else do you need help with?

  10. Yup
    1:04 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    8. Phil Knight and Rob Mullens

  11. Computer Blue
    1:35 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Wait, I thought Oregon vs. Auburn was Good vs. Evil. Are you telling me this simple narrative constructed by talentless sports writers is all a lie?!?

  12. Tom Seaver
    1:49 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Is Oregon counting any vacated wins in their program’s history? If so, the NCAA is really going to hit them hard. Otherwise, probably a slap on the wrist.

  13. RadioRon
    2:05 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Rafe..
    I’ve been following UK B-ball since 1946 and I’m very much ALIVE!
    The 1958 squad(which I saw in person) fiddled around for much of the regular season and took a 19-6 record into the NCAA tourney. They got hot in the tourney and defeated Seattle and their great star (Elgin Baylor)84-72 for the NCAA crown. John Crigler drove on Baylor causing him to pick up 4 fouls early and his presence was negated. Vern Hatton had 30 points for UK and Jonny Cox added 24. The “Fiddlin’ Five” gave the Baron his 4th and final NCAAA title.

  14. Rafe
    2:06 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink


  15. bung
    2:44 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Rafe…we remember to count them when we brag about titles…a fan really should know something about them.

  16. bung
    2:47 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    13) that was great!

  17. DustinUK
    5:25 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Moving him to Ark where there isn’t a test to get out of HS was a “great idea.”

  18. Winston
    10:07 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    I think I will start making some actual tackles this year before I officially change my name to “The Predator” or else I will be more embarrasing than my Twitter account.

  19. hoops
    9:56 am July 3, 2011 Permalink