EUGENE - The heat has been turned up on the Oregon Ducks' recruiting scandal involving Willie Lyles.
The NCAA has officially informed the university, through a phone call to Richard Lariviere, university president, that it is conducting an investigation, centered around Oregon's payment of $25,000 to the Texas scout who had ties to former Duck Lache Seatrunk - did Lyles help deliver Seastrunk to the Ducks? That's the gist of the investigation.
"I can't speculate on that," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said Saturday, of the NCAA's work. "All I know is that we fully cooperate with the NCAA and I look forward to their findings."
Running back LaMichael James, who also has ties to Lyles, said the investigation doesn't worry him.
"We play for each other, we play for the fans that support us, pretty much that's all we play for," he said. "We're not really worried about what outsiders have to say because you're not the ones out there playing on the football field. We have to go out there and get it done each and every week no matter what anybody else has to say."