Former football coach Lane Kiffin drove back and forth daily between the University of Tennessee and a $2.6 million house in West Knox County for more than a year without a Tennessee driver's license.
Kiffin, who resigned after one season at UT to become coach at Southern California, holds a valid California license but never bothered to trade it in for a Tennessee license, records show. Tennessee law requires any new resident to apply for an in-state driver's license within 30 days of moving.
None of the Kiffins did that - not the head coach, not his father, Monte, not his mother, Robin, and not his wife, Layla. A search for the name Kiffin fails to turn up a single driving record statewide, said Mike Browning, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Safety.
"Lane Kiffin does not have a current valid driver license in Tennessee," Browning said.
State law classifies failure to change over a license as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $50 and court costs.
Kiffin and his father each received two loaner vehicles upon coming to work for UT, spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter said.
"We knew they each had valid driver's licenses," she said. "All the paperwork was done when they first arrived. I don't think we would have had any reason to know that (they hadn't changed their licenses). I don't know if they ever realized they had to do that."
Lane Kiffin wrecked one of those loaner cars, a Lexus, late on the night of Aug. 12 or early in the morning of Aug. 13 on the way to his home on Tooles Bend Road. The coach later said he fell asleep after two weeks of late nights working at fall camp.
Phyllis Robinson called authorities around 8:45 a.m. to report a Lexus had hit a wooden fence at her house, a little more than half a mile from Kiffin's home. A Knox County Sheriff's Office report doesn't specify the damages, and Robinson wouldn't talk about the wreck Thursday.
"I think it's unfortunate," she said. "I really just don't want to go into details. It's over and done with. He's not here anymore. I ended up satisfied, and that's all I want to say."
Carpenter, the UT spokeswoman, said Kiffin walked home after the wreck but talked to Robinson afterward.
"He left it because it was the middle of the night, but he went back the next morning," she said. "I'm pretty sure he contacted her himself. He covered the damage himself."
Lexus of Knoxville, which owned the loaner car, said Kiffin's insurance paid for the damage to their vehicle.
UT officials have said they checked on rumors at the time, now being repeated on various Web sites, that Kiffin had been drinking and had women in the car when the wreck happened. The university found no proof, and the inquiry never rose to the level of a formal investigation, Carpenter said.