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Report: Ex-Tennessee assistant funded flight

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Yahoo! Sports is reporting former Tennessee assistant Willie Mack Garza paid for a top recruit and his mother to fly to Knoxville for an unofficial recruiting trip during Lane Kiffin's tenure at the school.

Garza followed Kiffin when he took over at Southern California, but the defensive secondary coach resigned in September, citing "personal issues unrelated to USC."

Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night that Garza wired $1,500 to talent scout Will Lyles in July 2009 and the money was used for plane tickets for top prospect Lache Seastrunk and his mother, Evelyn.

Lyles tells the website that NCAA investigators were conducting a wide-ranging look into Tennessee recruiting practices.

Garza, USC spokesman Tim Tessalone and the NCAA declined comment when reached by Yahoo! Sports.

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