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USC Football: Coach Garza Resigns Amid Involvement With Will Lyles

James Santelli |
September 1, 2011 | 2:33 p.m. PDT

Senior Sports Editor

Garza was heading into his second season as a USC coach. (Shotgun Spratling/Neon Tommy)
Garza was heading into his second season as a USC coach. (Shotgun Spratling/Neon Tommy)
USC football secondary coach Willie Mack Garza has resigned due to his involvement with a former scout and an NCAA recruiting investigation, according to reports.

The athletic department released a statement Thursday that Garza has left due to personal reasons. However, Sports by Brooks writes that Garza's resignation resulted from comments made by ex-recruting service operator Will Lyles. Garza and Lyles had a relationship that dates back to before Garza became an assistant for Tennessee's football program, which was revealved by Lyles to NCAA investigators on Tuesday.

CBS Sports' Bryan Fischer writes:

NCAA enforcement staff is currently investigating Lyles' scouting service connections to several programs, including Oregon and LSU. A source said it was not related to Tennessee's NCAA case that was recently completed.

USC's first regular season game is this Saturday against Minnesota.

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