UT answers questions on nepotism concerns

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.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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tnbigg writes:

The night of the living dead - Final Chapter - Human Resources gone mad

bdub77 writes:

They will make it work...

proudveteran writes:

The key phrase is "living in the same household"...certainly Reaves will not and so would the father and the brother if they come.

mattlock writes:

Why is everyone concerned about the family thing. . .does anyone remember how good OU was with the Stoops brothers. . .I think a NC in their second or third year comes to mind.

ctownvol writes:

in response to tnbigg:

The night of the living dead - Final Chapter - Human Resources gone mad

That one went straight to video. Right?

mattlock writes:

in response to proudveteran:

The key phrase is "living in the same household"...certainly Reaves will not and so would the father and the brother if they come.

nope, that just refers to any other member not already defined who lives in the same household, but they made it work by making the coaches report to Director of Football operations. They would not have made this change if it was only for the BIL, which means get ready, Monte is coming, ya'll!!!!

tnbigg writes:

in response to ctownvol:

That one went straight to video. Right?

Uh huh! It will be a bigg seller! Hey...do you know whatever happened to old sjt18? I know he is a deer hunter who lives in Missouri...and I saw this today and thought about him...

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news...

tnbigg writes:

in response to ctownvol:

That one went straight to video. Right?

I'm way out here today in beautiful San Antonio...they had to de-ice our plane on my layover in Cincinnati...hate that junk...

SignalMtnVol writes:

Always a loophole huh? I'm glad there is a loophole! Bring on Monte!!

bloodrunsorange writes:

The head coach at Tennessee can have his wife, 2 daughters, and his new son coaching with 11 women on the field playing if it helps us get to the BCS games again!

serenehunter#668900 writes:

Hey nobody tells the athletic department what to do! athleticdepartment tennesseesportsreviewer.com

eutefan writes:

What other policies will be "winked at" before we get our coveted National Championship?

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to tnbigg:

Uh huh! It will be a bigg seller! Hey...do you know whatever happened to old sjt18? I know he is a deer hunter who lives in Missouri...and I saw this today and thought about him...

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news...

Good 'ern!

Perchance the nepotism (ahem) loophole was applied kinda like a famous wink-wink "I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinski".

NOLAvol writes:

If I've learned anything from New Orleans politics...

It ain't nepotism if it's your nep!

tnbigg writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Good 'ern!

Perchance the nepotism (ahem) loophole was applied kinda like a famous wink-wink "I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinski".

Excellent point! I believe what you say "is" true...of course that depends on what the meaning of "is" is...

But that drives one deep into thought and reflection...if we were to really delve into the word "is" and the varying assumptions as to its truest meaning we may find ourselves wondering..."is" Coach Kiffin really the coach now...or "is" Phillip Fulmer...as I see it...when one contemplates the word "is" in such possible variation of practical application...we may find...at the end of the day...that wondering too much about the true meaning of "is" is not something to be taken lightly...and that then is something that we could consider to be very Presidential like indeed...I for one believe it "is"...

bustervols writes:

You can't buy ethics, or charactor, just ask CPF. Winning is the game.

ncvol writes:

Well, I am glad they got that taken care of.
Go Vols !

bustervols writes:

in response to tnbigg:

Excellent point! I believe what you say "is" true...of course that depends on what the meaning of "is" is...

But that drives one deep into thought and reflection...if we were to really delve into the word "is" and the varying assumptions as to its truest meaning we may find ourselves wondering..."is" Coach Kiffin really the coach now...or "is" Phillip Fulmer...as I see it...when one contemplates the word "is" in such possible variation of practical application...we may find...at the end of the day...that wondering too much about the true meaning of "is" is not something to be taken lightly...and that then is something that we could consider to be very Presidential like indeed...I for one believe it "is"...

What it is?

bustervols writes:

in response to dvolfan:

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OMG!

bustervols writes:

in response to bustervols:

OMG!

:O

tnbigg writes:

in response to bustervols:

What it is?

Strong point! Which could then lead one to consider the closely related issue of what it was...

billsatter#588212 writes:

This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Nepotism? Are people scared that Lane will promote one of his assistants to head coach and fire himself?

TommyJack writes:

in response to dvolfan:

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Out with it, Naffy!

blitzshoot writes:

Is that all? Nepotism, I was worried antibiotics would be needed. Close call. Geez

americanalways writes:

University policy vs. Athletic Department...no contest...we don't need no stinkin policies...weak administration vs. big buck athletic boosters...ha

rabidvol1998 writes:

I guess we better dust off our notes and start teaching Matrix management again in the business school.

Whatever works.

volroadwarrior writes:

Creative Organizational Design!!!

Su_Fi writes:

What are the chances that Kiffin will try/consider stealing Sarkisian as offensive coordinator?

pms151 writes:

Good thing Lane has experience working with dysfunctional organizations. Welcome to UT. Mike's boys are already mucking it up.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to DCflorida:

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Why do you care? D'ya ever wonder why some people have nothing better to do than make lame attempts at muddying the waters for sports fans who cheer for "the other team?" Bets are on that you're sending "We're gona' gitcha'!" blogs to your 'Bama enemies, too. Get off the twinkies!

TommyJack writes:

I've never seen any good come out of H.R. Just attitudes.

tnbigg writes:

in response to rabidvol1998:

I guess we better dust off our notes and start teaching Matrix management again in the business school.

Whatever works.

tnbigg writes:

Cool! I'm here until Friday...speaking at a conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Brings back memories from when one of my daughters came here for Air Force Boot Camp. That UT game you have tickets for should be H U G E!!! Gotta' love those Lady Vols! There's a couple of our GoVolsXtra folks who live out here...

pms151 writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Good 'ern!

Perchance the nepotism (ahem) loophole was applied kinda like a famous wink-wink "I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinski".

You are the guru of stupid comments. By the way, it has always been taught that spelling the word separate is remembering a rat not e rat. (check your previous posts) Politics is what destroys sports. Ignorance ignites the fire.

tnbigg writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I've never seen any good come out of H.R. Just attitudes.

Bro'...that is the truth...in the original mission Human Resources served a very good purpose...but today they sit and create convaluted gobbly goook that measures every movement of every staff team member with a goal towards rebuke in order to quantify their supposed value...and within the confines of the Human Resources gestapo lies the basic theme that the worst staff team members must be protected...the victimizers are insulated and the victims are fair game...file a grievance...start the process...investigate ad nauseum...write report and get signatures of acknowledegement from all parties...careful or Quality Control may become engaged!

Human Resources Today...A Lyrical Salute...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhSYbR...

RockyTop1 writes:

in response to chuck0303#1342365:

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Do you ever take in "El Chapparel" for dinner? One of our favorite places to eat in the SA area. Enjoy the game! GO VOLS!!

txsvol#372416 writes:

in response to tnbigg:

I'm way out here today in beautiful San Antonio...they had to de-ice our plane on my layover in Cincinnati...hate that junk...

Hope you are on the Riverwalk, enjoying all the Christmas lights, carolers on the barges, etc.! SAVol

tnbigg writes:

in response to chuck0303#1342365:

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I'm going to be eating at Luciano Ristorante Italiano and Bar at the River one night...anybody got a report on that place...

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to pms151:

You are the guru of stupid comments. By the way, it has always been taught that spelling the word separate is remembering a rat not e rat. (check your previous posts) Politics is what destroys sports. Ignorance ignites the fire.

Go take your Motrin or Midol or something

pms151 writes:

Sorry PD your wannabe clone caught me in his web. Spelling thing still applies though.

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

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.

So if I read this correctly...Lane is in charge of everything with technically no authority!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to blitzshoot:

Is that all? Nepotism, I was worried antibiotics would be needed. Close call. Geez

Good.

Most stuff wears off after three days, then its time for Ajax.

TommyJack writes:

in response to pms151:

You are the guru of stupid comments. By the way, it has always been taught that spelling the word separate is remembering a rat not e rat. (check your previous posts) Politics is what destroys sports. Ignorance ignites the fire.

Seems your screename is apropos.

suPEARLman writes:

24 hours in and the man and his staff are already getting tattle told on by others, within the school and from other schools. Give it a rest, haters. We will find and utilize the loop holes.

"assistant coaches and coordinators will report directly to the director of football operations" riiiiight....

But seriously, relax. No need to get desperate because your nervous on what will come. DOMINANCE!

tnbigg writes:

in response to shipperman#280095:

Go take your Motrin or Midol or something

Really...good post...what kind of post was that anyway...pdhuff is one the bedrock posters of GoVolsXTRA and always provides interesting, thought provoking and smile provoking musings...then...out of the blue comes some an elitist dis by a poster who I presume thinks we should all don our smoking jackets...light up our pipes...wipe off our patent leather shoes...comb our hair....put on cologne...sing one chorus of the UT Alma Mater...wash our hands...then...and only then might we log on...and in logging on should understand that not one iota of humor or general fun should be contemplated...because...posting at GVX should be reserved only for most elite...yay...the most reverent of posters...and only when one understands this certain and what should be understood doctrine created by and for an enlightened audience of cerebrally superior social sorts...yay...I would venture to guess that even Carol Peterson and here non-Knox-Centric elitism would be welcomed by those who wish the rif raff to depart and never return...and once again bliss could rule the day...and a fee may be charged...and everything is beautiful all the time...trah la la la la...

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to tnbigg:

The night of the living dead - Final Chapter - Human Resources gone mad

Don't let Hillary or Barak"O" get involved, by the time they are finished with it, it will be unrecognizable!!

tnbigg writes:

in response to txsvol#372416:

Hope you are on the Riverwalk, enjoying all the Christmas lights, carolers on the barges, etc.! SAVol

I'm flying solo and have a penchant for finding trouble when my wife isn't with me so unless it's a business function...I stay in my room...work on business and read GoVolsXtra...maximum safety lies in avoidance...when she and I are out here we do have a great time though...it's a fun city...

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to pms151:

You are the guru of stupid comments. By the way, it has always been taught that spelling the word separate is remembering a rat not e rat. (check your previous posts) Politics is what destroys sports. Ignorance ignites the fire.

You are right. I will try to come up with brilliant statements like calling the UTAD a "dysfunctional organization".

Attack the message, not the messenger.

Be well.

tnbigg writes:

in response to WeLoveTennesseeVols:

Don't let Hillary or Barak"O" get involved, by the time they are finished with it, it will be unrecognizable!!

Some things are better left unsaid...keep the Faith though!

blitzshoot writes:

100,000 for the Orange/White game next spring.

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