UT to report violation over Kiffin's Twitter, Facebook note

Tennessee is preparing to report a secondary violation by football coach Lane Kiffin although the first-year college coach was not at fault, according to UT athletic director Mike Hamilton.

The issue arose when a post was made to Kiffin’s Twitter and Facebook accounts after high school prospect J.C. Copeland committed to UT on Tuesday.

The post, which was on the social Web sites for approximately 45 minutes before it was removed, read: “It’s a beautiful day in Knoxville, Tennessee today. I was so exited to hear that J.C. Copeland committed to play for the Vols today!”

Hamilton said Wednesday the post was made by a newly hired assistant to Kiffin who didn’t consult UT’s compliance office before making the post. The assistant was apparently unaware that university employees cannot comment on prospects by name.

“You cannot post that type of stuff, obviously,” Hamilton said. “It was an honest, inadvertent mistake.”

This is the second time that UT has had to report a secondary violation since National Signing Day on Feb. 4. Kiffin mentioned another prospect, tailback Bryce Brown, by name and referred to him as a “great player” on the News Sentinel’s radio show, The Sports Page.

Secondary violations are common and often reported by UT and other schools. No punitive action from the NCAA is expected on such infractions.

Copeland is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end/linebacker from Troup High School in La Grange, Ga. He picked the Vols over Auburn, Ole Miss and Maryland among others.

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panties4tebow writes:

This is national DO NOT RESPOND TO A TROLL DAY!!!!!!

Attention is what they crave so please do not help their cause today - let them go hungry for today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Refrain, Refrain, Refrain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kb7398#233189 writes:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

VolsAllTheWay writes:

Oh boy, here come the comments. Nothing here really, but that won't stop the trolls from piling on. We do however have to get this to stop and get this kind of story off of ESPN and out of the national spotlight.

boro_vol writes:

No big deal. Move on.

ravensearay writes:

in response to boro_vol:

No big deal. Move on.

I agree..........This was done by a newly hired assistant - not CLK. This is not news.......This is just stuff that happens when you have all of these electronic gadgets and people want to be "FIRST" to say something......Just like on here. Really, don't all of you have better things to do than criticize someone over something not of his doing??

gatorzwearstebowpanties writes:

in response to kb7398#233189:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

No Vickie, he had a good run but your husband is gone for good. Get used to it

StroVol writes:

At least Copeland knows he picked the right school. Staff and Co. love him! It's a great day in Knoxville Tenn. Love that.
How about some news on this year's recruits GVX. Maybe some linebacker bits on Askew, Marlon Walls, Greg King, Robert Nelson? I'm hoping these studs to find their way into the rotation this fall. With Monte's love of speed D, we need to have these fellas ready to roll.

kevin151 writes:

Chris Low at ESPN is garbage. He seriously gets off on all the Tennessee headlines on espn.com A secondary violation happens all th time but because it is Tennessee it get front page? I want Front page when UT is back on top you scumbag

jdcvols#230433 writes:

Hey everybody, get the USA Today. Lane is front page of the Sport Section. Great Article.

ethanfrome writes:

I agree that this is no big news. However, I think it is lame that he concocts a story that someone else is posting on his Twitter account.

StroVol writes:

This is obviously news since it's Tenn and Kiffin, but in reality it's garbage. When our defense blanks our first three opponents, World Order will be restored.

Pullingguard writes:

What a stupid rule... Can't mention the recruit by name, although if the twitter had said "congraulations on the committment the University received today for what looks like a very good prospect" Now that would have been satisfactory... The NCAA is so embroiled in it's small print that at times I wish Congress would just shred the entire thing and set some sensible guidelines. (now thats asking a lot of Congress)

panties4tebow writes:

More interesting news about the convicts of florida!!!!

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20...

Waldorf writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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GreenDevilVol writes:

in response to panties4tebow:

More interesting news about the convicts of florida!!!!

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20...

And felon U keeps on a rolling !!! bwahahahahahahaha !!!!!!!!!!!!

Bloodrunzorange writes:

in response to gatorzwearstebowpanties:

No Vickie, he had a good run but your husband is gone for good. Get used to it

That's funny. I think "hiresanders" is actually Phil. Go Vols!

StroVol writes:

don't respond

panties4tebow writes:

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida coach Urban Meyer is learning the hard way that even at booster club functions, sometimes what he says can get blown out of proportion.

After a recent comment about loyalty at an earlier Gator Club function ballooned into a national story, Meyer acknowledged he’s learning to become more careful about what he says.

“What happens is you can’t speak anymore,” Meyer said before a speaking engagement with the Broward County Gator Club. “You can’t talk. So everything you say there’s no off the record, there’s no ‘hey we just want to talk about something.’ You can’t have fun. You can’t talk. You know, it’s a shame, but that’s the way it is.”

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to StroVol:

don't respond

Amen.

auttat writes:

He brought it on himself, but I bet Kiffin is answering his phone right now with, "What now?"

Singaporehillbilly writes:

Love him or hate him, Kiddie Kiffin will be the head coach for at least the next three(3) years thanks to Hamilton. There is a $7.5 million buyout for the next two (2) years and then $6.0 million for years three (3) and four (4).

Hamilton needs to be fired.

orangegrass writes:

I can't wait for the season to start! This kind of stuff is nuts! If Kiff scored so high on the recruiting test, why in the world does he keep running his mouth! I think we have another use for duct tape!

rocky_topper writes:

I'm thinking the Compliance Department should possibly consider doing some major TRAINING on RULES COMPLIANCE with EVERYONE associated with the Athletic Department---peons up to the head coach.

If I have concluded this, one would think they should have already thought about it waaaaaaaaay before now!

I have difficulty in figuring out why a department would even put an untrained person in news distributions anyways! Do they fly by the seat of their britches over there or what?

StroVol writes:

in response to VolDog25:

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Stir em up then Voldog, while we scroll through pages of Palm Beach Post links. I just love sifting through that horses.it.

tripper writes:

in response to VolDog25:

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Here's the link to areal article. http://usat.me/?35096560

gatorzwearstebowpanties writes:

in response to BobbeaVol:

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So are you

TommyJack writes:

doldrums deluxe

Pullingguard writes:

in response to Singaporehillbilly:

Love him or hate him, Kiddie Kiffin will be the head coach for at least the next three(3) years thanks to Hamilton. There is a $7.5 million buyout for the next two (2) years and then $6.0 million for years three (3) and four (4).

Hamilton needs to be fired.

Singapore you are getting off the bus before its made the trip.. Go check yourself into Gleneagles and get a physco to check the blocks above the shoulders.

sec_fan writes:

in response to kb7398#233189:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

You call the daily blotter when Fulmer was in charge in control. Fulmer had secondary violations as well, as do most coaches. They were not given the attention Lane's is. In fact UT was given almost no attention when Fulmer was here is that what you want?

chad_t31 writes:

Call it what you will, say what you like....as will I. Call me old-fashioned, heck I'm only 32, but I'd rather see the guy come in and win a few games before orchestrating a circus, as he is doing now. Granted, it doesn't sound like this particular instance is his fault but it is his assistant. We've been all over the news since his hiring and 90% of it has been negative. As for his "pumping new blood into the fan base and the University of Tennessee", let me tell you something, we don't need to be "pumped up" about Tennessee football, I don't care if we are coming off of a 5-7 or a 13-0 season. Did we need a change? Yes. Do we need all of these immature antics and secondary violations? Nope. All I'm saying is coach a few games, win a few games, then act like an arrogant jerk if you want...prove yourself. This isn't the Pac-10 or Oakland.

mattfriedman58#226364 writes:

What I find amusing about infractions like this is that it's ok for the media to plaster the news all over TV's and newspapers around the country regarding player commitments, but the second a coach says something, it's a violation... makes no sense, but whatever.

drum45 writes:

Hmmm...starting to see a pattern here. Can you say "NCAA Probation"? Not far away! What a joke this coaching staff is!

dvhill100 writes:

in response to panties4tebow:

More interesting news about the convicts of florida!!!!

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20...

Buddy is only half a word.

brmvol#231732 writes:

in response to kb7398#233189:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

You want Fulmer and his 2 losing seasons out of his last 4 back? OK. Just call his taxpayer paid for secretary at his taxpayer paid for office and tell him yourself. As for the rest of us, not only no, but hell no, we don't want Fulmer back. We have had enough of the "watching the film" and "workin' like heck" excuses. Fulmer is old news. Let him go.

robvols#366273 writes:

As an alum, I am getting sick and tired of all this. At the end of the day, all that matters is the record Kiffin puts up. I just wish September was here already so we can get down to the business at hand, which is playing the games on the field, and not off of it.

GotPearl writes:

in response to kb7398#233189:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

You are an idiot!!!

Hudro writes:

in response to dvhill100:

Buddy is only half a word.

what's interesting is that the two had a falling out in 2006 and then turned around and decided to do business with each other again. These two deserve each other. But like Meyer says you either a gator or you
re not so I guess who best to try and screw out of some money than your team mate.

Voluvr writes:

yada yada yada

wtvol writes:

in response to kb7398#233189:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

You're an idiot.

StroVol writes:

maybe, but I haven't heard of my face or space book. My daughter has some space books, "The planets and beyond" and others.

StroVol writes:

in response to jcvet:

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Gotcha. I tried out Facebook and quickly remembered why I hadn't kept in touch with these people in the first place.

mlynn1 writes:

in response to kb7398#233189:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

Your not to bright are you!

FWBVol writes:

Did anyone read this story? A lot of UT fans and interlopers as well are accusing Lane Kiffin of the violation, but the story clearly states Mike Hamilton said it was a newly hired assistant to Kiffin that posted on the twitter account.

I understand that no matter what technology is involved commenting on a kid that has committed to your program is a violation of the NCAA rules, but technology is changing so quickly coaches, fans and the NCAA can't handle the advances in a way that will keep up.

Again, in this incident, Kiffin did nothing wrong so stop bashing him.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Waldorf:

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Congrats you were FIRST to post back to a TROLL.

Go to the back of the line...we don't respond to _ator posters except 99_ator since he can be civil and actually dialogue without being obnoxious.Otherwise we ignore their diatribes....comprende?

All this trouble with Twitter is silly isn't it? GO VOLS!!!

bugman (Inactive) writes:

if it wasn't kiffins note why word it that way? I'm tired of the media deceptive bull phooey.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to Waldorf:

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Did you not read psts by Vol fans. Don't respond!

drum45 writes:

in response to kb7398#233189:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

I'm with you! Kiffin is an emabarassment to the University & State!

mlynn1 writes:

in response to drum45:

I'm with you! Kiffin is an emabarassment to the University & State!

Your not to bright either!

Truevol writes:

in response to kb7398#233189:

Can we please have Fulmer back? This idiot has no control whatsoever. I prefer less NCAA attention and steady wins to NO WINS in college and a complete and utter disregard for the rules.

FireLaneKiffin.com...is it up yet?

Seriously? Tell me you are not that ignorant.

tripper writes:

Pick up a copy of the USA Today and see who's on the FRONT PAGE and who will be on ESPN Sunday.

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