Tennessee’s athletic department has taken steps to ensure its new football staff complies with a university policy that prohibits employees from directly supervising family members.
Newly hired UT coach Lane Kiffin said Monday that former South Carolina quarterbacks coach David Reaves, who is Kiffin’s brother-in-law, joined UT’s staff as an assistant coach.
That hire, as well as reports that Kiffin’s father, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, could join UT’s staff, prompted some to question how those hires would comply with UT’s policy on nepotism.
According to UT policy, no employee is allowed to directly supervise a relative.
“No employees who are relatives shall be placed within the same direct line of supervision whereby one relative is responsible for supervising the job performance or work activities of another relative,” the policy states.
The policy was enacted in 1999 to “prevent conflict of interest in decision-making due to factors of kinship in reporting relationships among employees.”
It defines relatives as parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, in-laws, foster relationships or any other family member who lives in the same household.
UT athletic department spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter said all football assistant coaches and coordinators will report directly to the director of football operations, currently Bruce Warwick. Warwick will then report to a senior administrator in the athletic department.
Lane Kiffin reports directly to athletic director Mike Hamilton.
Reaves spent seven years at South Carolina and was a full-time staff member for the last five seasons. He also spent two seasons as Carolina’s recruiting coordinator and helped the Gamecocks land a consensus top-10 recruiting class in 2007.
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