UT says contact with Jeffery was not an NCAA violation

News Sentinel staff

Tennessee denied Friday that it had self-reported a secondary violation to the NCAA concerning contact between football coach Lane Kiffin and South Carolina signee Alshon Jeffery after national signing day on Feb. 4.

On Thursday night, WBIR-TV confirmed a story on The State newspaper's Web site that Kiffin's phone call was indeed a violation. Coaches are not allowed to contact athletes after they have signed with other schools.

UT officials weren't aware until told Friday afternoon that UT associate sports information director John Painter had confirmed the secondary violation report to The State, the daily newspaper in Columbia, S.C.

However, UT director of public relations Tiffany Carpenter, after consulting UT's compliance department Friday, said the contact "is not an NCAA violation," but rather what she called a "national letter of intent infraction."

Kiffin called Jeffery after ESPN.com reported in March that Kiffin told Jeffery he would be "pumping gas for a living" if he signed with South Carolina.

Kiffin denied the ESPN.com report. He also said that in his second call to Jeffery the player confirmed the coach did not make the comments about "pumping gas."

The News Sentinel made inquiries in March about Kiffin's second phone call to Jeffery and it did not appear there had been a secondary violation.

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volstasis writes:

Big deal. What about the big DT that committed today?

Volsnfl writes:

Already people trting to knock the vols down,Scared I would say Tn is rising back up.GO VOLS!!!

dvols writes:

coach was just fillin up.

i'm just sayin

belayvol writes:

Well, that is clear as mud.

sebfootball_39 writes:

Any chance they get, they'll take it. The Vols are "Coming To Your Cita."

teampenny#658108 writes:

We have to live we our rep! Such is life. Go Vols

Ringleader writes:

It is in fact a violation........Read the rule book.

BY_HIS_WOUNDS_WE_ARE_HEALED writes:

in response to dvols:

coach was just fillin up.

i'm just sayin

GOOD ONE DVOLS! I HEARD KIFFIN IS GETTING SPEED PASS.

belayvol writes:

in response to Ringleader:

It is in fact a violation........Read the rule book.

The very next time i have 2 days with nothing else to do and 4500 brain cells to kill, i will do just that. The NCAA rule book makes a congressional bill look like light reading.

spencer1989#206886 writes:

in response to Ringleader:

It is in fact a violation........Read the rule book.

And you have a copy of the rule book and have read and studied each one of them????? I'm really impressed!!!!! You should be have a compliance investigation job.

Voluvr writes:

in response to Ringleader:

It is in fact a violation........Read the rule book.

Like you have a rule book.lol.

Voluvr writes:

in response to Ringleader:

It is in fact a violation........Read the rule book.

It is in fact a violation......Read the rule book.

Voluvr writes:

Keep on knockin' em down coach! ORANGE ENVY is rearing it's ugly head!

belayvol writes:

Oh wow. It might be the death penalty for us. Let me check the film.

sidwalkvol writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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this is your fourth IDENTITY! Who has the bigger problem?

I wish we could lay some sanctions on you.

belayvol writes:

in response to sidwalkvol:

this is your fourth IDENTITY! Who has the bigger problem?

I wish we could lay some sanctions on you.

Well, we could dress him up like a witch and burn him.

floridavolsfan writes:

Interlopers keep us honest!! (If it wasn't for the lopes, Foolmore would still be in control)!!!!

belayvol writes:

Maybe it is just me, but if i had been the coach and that story had come out about me saying something untrue to the national media, you can bet your rear i would have called the kid. You have to defend your name and honor.

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to floridavolsfan:

Interlopers keep us honest!! (If it wasn't for the lopes, Foolmore would still be in control)!!!!

i just lost alot of respect for you.....

TommyJack writes:

Oh for a loper free zone.

belayvol writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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Well since you have such a sterling rep around here #4, we will all certainly believe you. Almost out of names.

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716:

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he didnt rebute.....did you see his GREAT answer to that...

nice post though....

what's funny is they say they(criminals) weren't under Meyer's control while in jail.....well, duh!!!!!

VAvolfanRON writes:

the dumbest statement all year is a 'uf dynasty'.....you're little run doesn't compete with the NDs, Nebraskas, USCs Oklahomas......

UF?...University of Fordham?...i think they have a dynasty

tennezz writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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You need to check gator violations before you come over here running your mouth, And is erbie still recruiting for women`s gymnastics team?

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716:

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my friend...im right there with you....i'm sure there are UF fans out there that are not blind and are ok....we just have to get the ones in here that have tunnel vision....you know, well...er.....what meyer did was ok....but what kiffin does is horrific...same ol...same ol

101st_AIRBORNE_VOL (Inactive) writes:

in response to DCdynasty:

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Only thing burning us up is that rash your old lady gave us down there...

Volpride1967 writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMOMMIE GET ME MY BOTTLE WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

101st_AIRBORNE_VOL (Inactive) writes:

in response to DCdynasty:

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Does 3 NC's stand for 3 New Criminals?

chrisw2967 writes:

If it wasnt from Kiffin and UT ,fla and the interlopers wouldnt have nothing to be scared of.Kiffin has put Tn on tv sports shows and getting free publicity and wormie liar has UT hanging up in the locker room down there,that helps us with recruiting without spending a dime.If these interlopers wasnt worried or scared they wouldnt be on this site period.
hurricanekiff is coming so you nastly ,slimmy lizards better hunker down.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to DCdynasty:

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wrong answer there messy snipes.
donte is not on our roster.
how many current inmates or ex inmates are on wormies liars current roster ?

101st_AIRBORNE_VOL (Inactive) writes:

in response to DCdynasty:

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Really? I didn't know Stallworth was still attending UT. Doh! You're an idiot. Quit trying so hard.

belayvol writes:

in response to DCdynasty:

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Have you checked with Aintagator? He is more your flavor.

101st_AIRBORNE_VOL (Inactive) writes:

All right DC, you said you had 5 minutes left at 11:56. You posted at 12:10. Guess what? That makes you a LIAR!! Lol, guy who wants to call ClemsonVol a liar is a liar himself! hahahahahahahahaha!! Seriously, just go away.

101st_AIRBORNE_VOL (Inactive) writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716:

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Lol, grunt not a flyboy.

BamaVol writes:

in response to DCdynasty:

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Wonder how many players Meyer has on payroll

smokyredbone writes:

in response to DCdynasty:

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Meyer is not great until he does it without Tebit-h! Meyer being 4-0 against Fulmer is why CPF got fired idiot! YOU LOSERS ON A VOLUNTEER SITE AT 12:00am ON A FRIDAY NIGHT SHOULD SAY ENOUGH. GET A FREAKING LIFE OR A BOYFRIEND! NO WOMEN WOULD HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR PIMPLY LITTLE AZZ AS EVIDENCED BY YOU POSTING LATE ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. SO FIND ONE TO LAY IN YOUR JAW AND SUCK YOURSELF TO SLEEP Gator!

smokyredbone writes:

I have heard no-one suggest that crybaby is among the best coaches in football.Take off the blue glasses chumpzilla. Everyboby(in Gatorville) thought Eddie Munster was among the best,until he lost the guy that did his recruiting,now he's maybe the fourth or fifth best out of six in the east division. The same will be true of the Crybaby Meyer. We're going to beat his AZZ this year,boy!!!!!

smokyredbone writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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Did you find your boy friend last night and get some sleep sissy! On late and up early,you truly don't have a life! LOSER LOSER LOSER LOSER! ORANGE & WHITE GAME TODAY,GETTIN READY TO BEAT YOU CHUMPS DOWN 9-19-09 YEAH!!!!!!

smokyredbone writes:

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G8RH8R writes:

I used to really enjoy coming to this site for info on the Vols. Now this place has turned into a Gator's hangout, which I assume is an indication of a lack of: 1) girlfriends/boyfriends 2) money to start their OWN site where they can trashtalk each other, and 3) anything else better to do on a Friday night.

The Gator interlopers have f-ing ruined this site.

GotPearl writes:

Need some help! Can't make it to Knoxville for the O/W game and my cable system is awful! Will glady pay for a DVD or VHS of the game! Swain Co NC
Email if you can help! smtony62@yahoo.com

spencer1989#206886 writes:

in response to Ringleader:

It is in fact a violation........Read the rule book.

OK.....You say it's a rule violation...Tell us the rule, the page, and post the specific rule here so we can all see. Or otherwise go blow your smoke elsewhere. I will take what UT says over your claim.

Ringleader writes:

in response to spencer1989#206886:

OK.....You say it's a rule violation...Tell us the rule, the page, and post the specific rule here so we can all see. Or otherwise go blow your smoke elsewhere. I will take what UT says over your claim.

You need to learn to read. Read the article. The University has admitted it was a violation. The secretary said it was a "recruiting violation". There is one rule book which is divided into sections.

This has been in the rules for over 30 years. You also cannot have any contact of any type or stlye with any player, and that includes letter of intent players, for any team in the SEC. That is also a conference violation.

John Painter has verified the violation has been reported to the NCAA. You might wish to quiz him. I also know these secondary violations stack up and many times cause more serious matters to be exposed. This constant admission of violations is not good, and will not help out when you need help.

spencer1989#206886 writes:

I have read it. It states: "However, UT director of public relations Tiffany Carpenter, after consulting UT's compliance department Friday, said the contact "is not an NCAA violation," but rather what she called a "national letter of intent infraction."

Kiffin called Jeffery after ESPN.com reported in March that Kiffin told Jeffery he would be "pumping gas for a living" if he signed with South Carolina."

In your post, you stated that "it is in fact a rule violation and that it is in the rule book". You made no mention of any other type of violation, infraction type, or conference rule. That is what I have challenged you on. I know what the article reads and maybe you need to read what you claim. Again, post the rule violation here verbatium from the rule book or STFU. I don't expect you too because its obvious you feed off of rumors, what people claim, hearsay, and what you think is the truth.

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