Kiffin: We take the rules seriously

Coach says allegations not distracting Vols

MEMPHIS - Like a determined running back plowing into the end zone as linebackers fall by the wayside, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin continues to deflect rumors, accusations and an NCAA investigation regarding possible recruiting violations.

Following a report by The New York Times last week into an alleged misuse of a hostess program, Tennessee officials announced an NCAA investigation was taking place. The focus of that investigation centers on the Orange Pride, a group of mostly female students that entertains recruits during campus visits, among other things. Some of the hostesses have been accused of visiting recruits at high school games out of state, which would be an NCAA violation for representatives of the school.

On Friday, another New York Times story said the school may have committed a secondary violation when intern Steve Rubio accompanied Kiffin on a recruiting trip to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where Rubio played and at one time was a volunteer assistant coach. NCAA rules state that only Tennessee's nine assistant coaches and Kiffin are allowed to visit prospects off campus.

It is unclear whether Rubio actually met with the recruits at the school.

Kiffin, who spoke to the Touchdown Club at Chickasaw Country Club on Monday night, is confident his staff is abiding by the rules.

''We're very excited about what's going on in recruiting with us as far as the great players we signed last year and what's going on this year,'' Kiffin said. ''We take the rules and bylaws of the NCAA very serious. We spend a lot of time making sure that we're following them. Sometimes everything doesn't go perfect. Sometimes some people make some bad decisions. We'll continue to investigate everything and continue to work extremely hard.''

As the Vols continue preparing for their Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Virginia Tech, Kiffin said the accusations have not been a distraction for his team. He also isn't concerned about how it will affect his upcoming recruiting class.

''Our players don't think about this one bit,'' Kiffin said. ''This has nothing to do with our current team. It has to do with something that's going on completely outside of them. It's not a distraction at all.

"We've seen a great response from (recruits). We just have to make sure they have the proper information with these situations.

''We spend a lot of time making sure we do things the right way. We take it very serious. This is two examples of things that happened awhile ago that have popped up.''

Kiffin is more concerned about getting his team ready for the Hokies. He has used the extra practice time to give attention to younger players.

On Friday, the Vols will begin preparing for Virginia Tech. The fact that Tennessee rallied to win four of its last five games to qualify for a bowl has Kiffin believing his program is building momentum.

''I thought all along that we had a good team, we had some players that could win some games for us,'' he said. ''We started a little bit slower than we liked. We finished strong, winning four of our last five. Before that, we had a chance against the No. 1 team in the country (Alabama) on the road to get a win.

"I think a lot of strides were made, starting with the Georgia win. To be able to beat a good team in Georgia the way that we did at our place was kind of the beginning of a good start.''

The added exposure of a bowl game in his first season is invaluable, Kiffin said.

It's the other kind of exposure he could do without.

Marlon W. Morgan can be reached at 901-529-2792.

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East_TN_VOL writes:

Go get'em coach! GBO!

mborovol writes:

Just win baby....

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

"On Friday, another New York Times story said the school may have committed a secondary violation..." Perhaps someone else has the words to say exactly how silly this truly is. I don't seem to at the moment. One can only wonder why the NYT editors permit Thamel to embarass their paper with such pathetic efforts.

FEARinSEC writes:

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Different day, Same lame posts.....

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to hollowheadvol:

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And posting dozens of times a day where no one gives a rats a-ss about what you have to say proves:

1.) that your guilty of having no life

2.) you don't know how to make (or have) any friends

3.) you have nothing of value to say

4.) you should worry more about your own pathetic existence

No doubt about it!

Vol_FAN_atic writes:

Here I go again!

We are being dogged by many other SEC teams, most of which actually out number our own total of Secondary Violations. We are being singled out no doubt about it.

Another thing on my mind is; did anyone else wonder how they knew those girls were from TN? They werent in their normal attire as Orange Pride members and the sign didnt say anything about UT. Just wondering??? Heard on talk radio today someone pondered whether or not Kiffin turned himself in!!? Anonomously of course. ;)

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

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You know, I love how people get worked up over allegations that eventually either turn out not to be true, or are simple "slap on the wrist" level violations. why isn't anyone focusing on the factual error about the sign that was being held up? If we're in so much trouble, then bring the proof!

Chomp writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

You know, I love how people get worked up over allegations that eventually either turn out not to be true, or are simple "slap on the wrist" level violations. why isn't anyone focusing on the factual error about the sign that was being held up? If we're in so much trouble, then bring the proof!

What year was it that UT was found guilty of almost the same thing by the NCAA? They had a coach...Sells(?) who was the fall guy for UT and was fired.

2407westTN_VOLSfan writes:

Why do all the idiots seem to come to this site to find out about Coach Kiffin? I am sure they must be facinated with him! These "alleged" examples have been falsely mistated. There was no sign saying "Come to Tennessee", so there is an untruth in the NYT article and any other that copies the same statements. The ladies were not on the job or representing UT, if they were, they would be wearing UT Orange colors and have Tennessee logos showing on their wardrobe. They were invited to come see 2 UT recruits play football in their high school environment. Nothing more. Any thing else presented is pure conjecture. The kid Rubio that tagged along with Coach K to visit his alma mata to see his teachers is also pretty lame as to any wrongdoing. There is noone saying that he was their to recruit anyone. So all of these "alleged" items don't seem to be near as important than the LSU Asst Coach paying a player. That has not even made it to ESPN so far. The Asst. Coach has resigned so there must have been a problem there somewhere. I am not getting excited over anything the NCAA does or says, after all, it's not even official!
I say GO BIG ORANGE. Don't get caught up in these alleged distractions! Beat the VT Hoakies.
SHAME ON KNS/GO VOLS XTRA for not being supportive of Coach K and the UT Football team. The Memphuss Coach Tommy West had the same issues with the Memphis press and you see how they have gone down. Don't repeat unsupported garbage, go out and get some real authenticative news!

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to hollowheadvol:

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...and you sir are posting other papers stories on the KNS site like Dave on Hooker.

RCVOLIN10 writes:

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Now this is funny.

Titan writes:

hollowhead at 11 p.m - this may have set an all time low (high?) for lame posts by responding to your original lame post.

knoxswim890 writes:

in response to smokie_licks_his_vols:

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Art Shell and Norv Turner drove Oakland into the ground, with help from Al Davis.
Kiffin just needs to realize that he's under the microscope right now and if he even thinks about putting a toe over the line the NCAA is going to be right there.

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to Vol_FAN_atic:

Here I go again!

We are being dogged by many other SEC teams, most of which actually out number our own total of Secondary Violations. We are being singled out no doubt about it.

Another thing on my mind is; did anyone else wonder how they knew those girls were from TN? They werent in their normal attire as Orange Pride members and the sign didnt say anything about UT. Just wondering??? Heard on talk radio today someone pondered whether or not Kiffin turned himself in!!? Anonomously of course. ;)

Dude, you heard that from John Adams.
1 - Not a credible source
2 - He was effing joking.

RockinTop writes:

in response to Vol_FAN_atic:

Here I go again!

We are being dogged by many other SEC teams, most of which actually out number our own total of Secondary Violations. We are being singled out no doubt about it.

Another thing on my mind is; did anyone else wonder how they knew those girls were from TN? They werent in their normal attire as Orange Pride members and the sign didnt say anything about UT. Just wondering??? Heard on talk radio today someone pondered whether or not Kiffin turned himself in!!? Anonomously of course. ;)

Stop letting all the gossip and rumors get to you! The two players that had already commtitted to us knew who they were, as did the parents, friends so on and so on. I'm sure it was talked about plenty.

I just wish Vols fans would chill. Lane Kiffin is a good coach and success will come....quit or lay down isn't in his vocabulary....marks of a champion. You saw it on the field this year too. E didn't quit, even when we were losing.

I have been researching secondary violations for other schools. It's amazing to me that everyone makes such a big deal over Lane's 6 or 7......there are schools with WAY more than his.

Personally I am fired up and even more so now!! In fact, I am gonna get season tickets again now.

Go Big Orange!

423tiger18 writes:

in response to hollowheadvol:

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You need to remove "Vol" from your user name...you are anything but a VOL.

Vol_FAN_atic writes:

in response to JohnsonCity_George:

Dude, you heard that from John Adams.
1 - Not a credible source
2 - He was effing joking.

Dude,

I am getting a little tired of not being able to joke about something on this site without someone making a bullet list critiquing what someone else said. Unlike you I dont beleive everything I read.

FYI - notice the little "wink" at the closing of my post!

bigorange61 writes:

Oakland Raiders Records:

2002 11-5 Bill Callahan
2003 4-12 Bill Callahan
2004 5-11 Norv Turner
2005 4-12 Norv Turner
2006 2-14 Art Shell
2007 4-12 Lane Kiffen
2008 5-11 Tom Cable (4 games Kiffin)
2009 4-9 Tom Cable

Yeah, they were proud before Lane got there.

MORON.

Vol_FAN_atic writes:

in response to RockinTop:

Stop letting all the gossip and rumors get to you! The two players that had already commtitted to us knew who they were, as did the parents, friends so on and so on. I'm sure it was talked about plenty.

I just wish Vols fans would chill. Lane Kiffin is a good coach and success will come....quit or lay down isn't in his vocabulary....marks of a champion. You saw it on the field this year too. E didn't quit, even when we were losing.

I have been researching secondary violations for other schools. It's amazing to me that everyone makes such a big deal over Lane's 6 or 7......there are schools with WAY more than his.

Personally I am fired up and even more so now!! In fact, I am gonna get season tickets again now.

Go Big Orange!

Not worried at all about any of this really.

My point, although admittedly was not made very well, was the fact that we are being singled out concerning our 6 secondary violations (SV). especially when most other schools have the right to claim more!

I just wish the naysayers would think before they speak.

old_number1 writes:

in response to Titan:

hollowhead at 11 p.m - this may have set an all time low (high?) for lame posts by responding to your original lame post.

Good observation, Titan. I had to go back and re-read his drivel. LMAO!!

JenB (Inactive) writes:

I guess if ya keep CLK busy with all this bullcrap, then it makes it hard for him to focus on coaching and recruiting...
I was taught that when ya point a finger at someone else, ya have 3 more pointing back at you... People that accuse others of wrong doing, are usually doing wrong themselves and trying to throw the spotlight on someone else to avoid their own troubles...

Win the bowl game and work towards next year... this stuff will all work out in the wash!

bigorangebluegrass writes:

in response to hollowheadvol:

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so...which head is hollow?

FLAVOLS writes:

Not only a witch hunt but a smear campaign by a rival school to a high order during the heat of an important recruiting period. Where is Sliveball to take up for one of his schools. Funny how Textbook-gate seems to have been swept under the rug but a report with no basis in real violations gets as much as play as a real scandal - not to mention paying players and finding car leases that are affordable to every player in North Bammer land. My money is on Corch Meyer or Spurrier having a big laugh at our expense.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Vol_FAN_atic:

Not worried at all about any of this really.

My point, although admittedly was not made very well, was the fact that we are being singled out concerning our 6 secondary violations (SV). especially when most other schools have the right to claim more!

I just wish the naysayers would think before they speak.

Ole Siss has 5 in the last 5 months.

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to Vol_FAN_atic:

Dude,

I am getting a little tired of not being able to joke about something on this site without someone making a bullet list critiquing what someone else said. Unlike you I dont beleive everything I read.

FYI - notice the little "wink" at the closing of my post!

I had no idea I was going back and forth with Sarah Palin. Go CLK, you 'betcha.

Vol_FAN_atic writes:

in response to JohnsonCity_George:

I had no idea I was going back and forth with Sarah Palin. Go CLK, you 'betcha.

OK Georgy Porgy.

I have no idea what the heck your response was even supposed to mean. Your attempt at humor/wit is well...........laughable!

volstasis writes:

I'm sorry if this has already been posted, but I heard, no viable source though, that LSWhoo was about to be in deep fertilization. I guess we'll have to wait on the word.

go_vols_go writes:

GBO!

AllforTenn writes:

in response to hollowheadvol:

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You certainly are a hollow head. You try to make this what you want it to be, but you are stretching it too far. And "preemptive" to what? By the way preemptive isn't hyphenated, hollow head.

OrangeJuice writes:

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Munsterlander writes:

in response to smokie_licks_his_vols:

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Projecting are we?

Guess you missed this season. I would have expected something like 2-9 from the obviously underachieving, clip-board toting wannabe you describe. Oh, he went 7-5? 2nd in SEC east? Back to a bowl? Offense went from something like 100+ in the country to 30some? Crompton turned into a very solid QB? 1200+ yd rusher with 2 walkon linemen? Field goal away from beating Alabubba? Great recruiting class in less than 2 months? etc. etc. Yeah, he can't coach at all, or recruit, or motivate - just too much angst from all that underachieving.

Thanks for balancing out the ol' IQ curve.

69grad writes:

in response to hollowheadvol:

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I'm surprised that you take time out from staring at pornography to make comments on this site.

gillblog writes:

It would be nice if he would take some of the rules of grammar "serious"-(LY), lest all his hard work "doesn't go perfect"-(LY).

Razzle writes:

in response to smokie_licks_his_vols:

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I can read between the lines. You gay-tor fans (as well as the rest of the SEC) are scared shetless of Kiffin.

tennrich1 writes:

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WHY ARE YOU RESPONDING TO THIS GUY????????????????????????????????????????????????

Maverickman writes:

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DownTheField writes:

"among other things"

c'mon KNS-TMZ, that's enough already

vol88 writes:

in response to JohnsonCity_George:

I had no idea I was going back and forth with Sarah Palin. Go CLK, you 'betcha.

lol, JC George.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Alvito:

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Yeah, I had a little chuckle at that, too. Before we or anybody else gets too excited, the "other things" OP does includes escorting prospective students OTHER than athletes around campus, as well as other campus visitors. It is probably no accident that the article doesn't clarify this.

gatorbaitheaven writes:

Nothing will come of this look at USCw with the Reggie Bush thing, they will not kill a cash cow. Years ago something serious might have come about but now its a slap on the wrist. Or maybe just a wake up call to CLK saying you got our attention for good or bad he has their attention.

MTSUVOL writes:

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Urban Meyer has gone far beyond bold and innovative on the recruiting trail. He's unethical, he's immoral and he's a cheater. See the below link.

http://www.chaddscott.com/cfb/urbanbl...

Hey hallowheadgator wonder why the NCAA aren't investigating FLA. or are they getting ready to??

I have heard that Vols fans nationwide are going to start calling the NCAA to start turning in FLA for numberous recruiting voilitions. Gators get ready "inbound" it's coming!!!!!!!!

rockytopatl writes:

There's a fresh hatchet job this morning from one of the NY Times' top columnists. Chatty and catty. Keeps it all going. It sure makes you wish these girls had had a clue about the rules and the implications of their actions....

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/spo...

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to hollowheadvol:

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^^^^^^hollowheadgatorfan^^^^^^

But aren't they all?

navarrebeachvol writes:

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Besides the poor grammer, this post is just plain stupid. Do they teach English as a first language at Florida?

LifetimeVolFan writes:

HollowHeadVol...the username speaks for itself!

orangeman1 writes:

"Sometimes some people make some bad decisions"
Like maybe a coach taking someone on a recruiting trip that isnt supposed to be recruiting? This quote just got to me a little. Its like Kiffin deflects all responsibility for these violations. He seems to blame other schools for going after UT and now "some people". Its time Kiffin start accepting some responsibility for the things going on with the football program. Dont get me wrong. I still think Kiffin is doing what it takes to turn UT back into a National power, but he better be taking this stuff seriously and get it under control because others will keep looking for anything they can find to bring him and UT down.

Vol86 writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

There's a fresh hatchet job this morning from one of the NY Times' top columnists. Chatty and catty. Keeps it all going. It sure makes you wish these girls had had a clue about the rules and the implications of their actions....

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/spo...

Bad read, writers are more than likely phat.

DC_Vol writes:

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Long_vol,

Ignore all Hallowhead's posts. He is just a media individual bored at work (probably for the gator news sentinal) trying to upset everyone. He is not a true fan, and only posts to get a reaction. Give him no reaction. Go Vols!

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

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The sorry reality is that people work their way up in New York's talking and writing businesses by perfecting the art of lying. Sometimes they'll tell the big, fat whopper and repeat it loudly until feeling assured that it is accepted. Other times they will avoid the big one by conjuring up a plethora of smaller misassociations, also repeated. The sad thing is that Americans rely upon some of the most ethically failed money-grabbers for news and opinions, people over-controlled by their own vanities and appetites. These are people who define truth in accordance with their own needs and interests. They are the elite and privileged. Watching that ilk do their act in sports journalism makes me glad that I attended a university with real athletic tradition, impervious to all of that BS because it just does not mix.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

I'd like to add that there is a glaring irony in these NYTs writers' insinuating that some of our coeds are whores, when that is exactly what these writers appear to be. I doubt that we will see the journalists of America speaking in opposition to them, because in their heart of hearts, they want acceptance with the Times and don't want to burn any bridges to the higher paid ranks.

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