Lane Kiffin has not spoken with the NCAA.
The first-year Tennessee coach hasn't been contacted by the New York Times either.
But Kiffin clearly isn't running away from an investigation by one and doesn't seem all that shaken by a report from the other. If anything he only seemed annoyed Thursday to have to answer questions about his recruiting practices again in his first public comments since an NCAA review of the Vols came to light this week.
"I know that we've done a phenomenal job in recruiting," Kiffin said. "I know that it's very competitive around the country with the kids that we go after and within this conference. I think that anytime you're operating at the level we're operating at in recruiting, people are going to come after us.
"People are going to question what we're doing, and as head coach it's my job to make sure that we're doing everything by the rules - and we are. We're excited about the direction we're going, and people will always try to take shots at us, they'll always try to bring us down, but it won't matter."
Nothing that has developed so far this week appears to have impacted Kiffin's confidence any at least, and he never wavered in defending his program during a new conference that was supposed to focus on UT's Chick-fil-A Bowl bid to play Virginia Tech on New Year's Eve (TV: ESPN, 7:30 p.m.).
Instead it was a chance for Kiffin to address issues regarding a hostess program, a trip to a game in South Carolina involving recruits and possible problems with the use of social networking by the Vols. And it was also an opportunity for Kiffin to directly compare this latest saga to questions raised by a similar story by the Times involving concerns about running back Bryce Brown's eligibility, and the message wasn't hard to decipher.
"What you've seen of me is I like to get all the information in, research what's going on, not jump to conclusions, and this is something that's had a lot of national run, been in a lot of media," Kiffin said. "I think what I compare it to in this situation is I go back to the Bryce Brown situation right before the season. That got a lot of national media attention, a lot of SportsCenter attention that the Tennessee staff maybe had some involvement in illegal recruiting of Bryce Brown, that Bryce Brown did some things illegal.
"There was an investigation into that and it ended up with no wrongdoing. I look for this to be the exact same situation, a lot of stuff being said and in the end when the research is done and conclusions aren't being made, the same result will happen."
UT has no timetable for when it might have a definitive outcome, though at this point it's still unclear exactly what sort of punishment it could face from the NCAA. Athletic director Mike Hamilton has acknowledged an investigation, but technically the Vols have not received an official letter of inquiry which would detail what the NCAA would be looking at specifically.
Hamilton refused to comment any further, and Kiffin didn't address questions about either the accusations or who might have made them. But he didn't really hold back about the publicity they're getting.
"In the end, it's just like Bryce Brown's situation," Kiffin said. "Just remember all that attention that went into that right before we started the season, what a distraction that was and all the things about, 'Did the Tennessee staff cheat in recruiting in getting him? Did Bryce Brown do something illegal? Did Butler do something illegal?
"This paper writing that article early and all the things that ran from that, I'm very sure the same thing is going to happen. In the end there will be no wrongdoing by anybody here."
Details are still coming in and the review is ongoing. But Kiffin made quite clear where he stands.