NCAA outlines allegations to UT

Men's basketball program under Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin targeted

The University of Tennessee received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Feb. 22, 2011 regarding the school's men's basketball, coached by Bruce Pearl, right, and football programs, when coached by Lane Kiffin, left. This notice is in response to reports of alleged violations reported by UT and from external sources.

The University of Tennessee received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Feb. 22, 2011 regarding the school's men's basketball, coached by Bruce Pearl, right, and football programs, when coached by Lane Kiffin, left. This notice is in response to reports of alleged violations reported by UT and from external sources.

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Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl yells to his team during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Lexington, Ky.

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Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl yells to his team during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Lexington, Ky.

The University of Tennessee released its long-awaited NCAA notice of allegations today, as the football and men’s basketball programs were cited for a number of violations that had been addressed in the past few months, but nothing new or unexpected came from the 26-page document.

Men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin were the main targets in the document, which allege a combined 12 major violations against the two programs, but did not reveal any potential punishments or sanctions.

The UT baseball team was also investigated by the NCAA, but no charges were levied against the program.

“Any allegation from the NCAA is a serious matter for us,” UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in released statement. “We will address these issues in a timely manner. As an institution, we have been proactive in dealing with these allegations, and we will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA.”

The Vols will have 90 days to respond to the allegations. The university's appearance before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis is anticipated to be during the committee's meeting on June 10 and 11.

“Receipt of the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations by the University of Tennessee is another step in bringing this matter to a conclusion,” UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a statement. “Our institution has operated in complete cooperation with the NCAA since April 2009 as they have pursued their investigation.

“We take these allegations seriously and most items noted in this document have already been reported broadly. I would like to thank the NCAA enforcement staff for their professionalism and guidance during the process.”

Pearl was slapped with “impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes during an unofficial visit, acting contrary to the principles of ethical conduct, failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of all assistant coaches within the men's basketball program.”

His assistant coaches, who, like Pearl, have already had their salary docked when UT proactively punished the program, are accused of “failure to furnish full and complete information relevant to the investigation.”

The men’s basketball staff made 96 impermissible phone calls over a 24-month period (Aug. 1, 2007 through July 29, 2009). Because of those impermissible phone calls, UT was also alleged to have failed to monitor the staff in order to ensure compliance with NCAA telephone contact legislation.

“Throughout this process we have recognized that we made significant mistakes and we look forward to concluding this matter with the NCAA,” Pearl said in a statement. “The penalties imposed on our program to date have been severe, but I want to commend our student-athletes and staff for staying focused and working through these potential distractions.

“The support of our fans and administration has been amazing and appreciated by me and my entire family and reminds me every day why I have the best job in the nation. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the University of Tennessee and everyone in our basketball program is focused on finding ways to improve every day.”

The Kiffin Era was also officially recognized by the NCAA, but it doesn't appear like he will be responsible for much more damage heading into the future.

The 16 impermissible phone calls, impermissible contact and the use of an intern to make contact with a high school staff all happened under Kiffin's watch - and the NCAA specifically targeted him with a failure to monitor and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance charges.

USC also received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding Kiffin's 14-month tenure at UT.

"On the advice of my legal counsel, we cannot comment other than to say we look forward to working through the process with the NCAA," Kiffin said in a statement released Wednesday by USC.

Any penalties for the program going forward with current coach Derek Dooley remain to be seen. But when Kiffin surprisingly bolted for Southern California in January 2010, it seems as if he may have taken some of the NCAA's attention with him.

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Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

They are discussing this on The Sports Animal as I type.

Bigger_Al writes:

Nothing unexpected. Doesn't look too bad.

Orangeblood13 writes:

ouch

Vol86 writes:

The football allegations do not seem to be that bad. They kept using the word former.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

I'm hearing that the football program won't be hit very hard. Bruce is gonna feel the pain...

SunshineVol writes:

Hammer Time!

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Nothing unexpected. Doesn't look too bad.

I agree

WytheVol writes:

Well at least there weren't any new findings announced. Hopefully just some scholly adjustments. I think Pearl has been punished enough.

CrankE writes:

Is there something new here? I read the litany and I just don't see it.

What I do see looks like a fishing expedition for the NCAA into every nook and cranny of the Athletic Department. Get back there to page 20 and following and you'll see.

CrankE writes:

Would it be appropriate for Lindsey Lohan, sorry, Lane Kiffin to sit a suspension at USC for what he did at UT? Wouldn't that be a hoot!

macon_volfan writes:

what makes the fb stuff irk me the most is about the time he did that stuff, he left!!!

bbstuff makes me sad. Tell the truth, and you have to take an additional 10 hour compliance class or some other nonsense.

Still, it's kiffin's fault. The whole thing. The NCAA isn't sniffing around if Kiffin's not here.

nocleats writes:

Absolutely no surprises here, Many had said there would be much much more.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Vol86:

The football allegations do not seem to be that bad. They kept using the word former.

This is the part that sounds bad to me for football, but overall it didnt look that bad.
"permitting a football recruiting intern to make impermissible contact with high school staff during a recruiting visit."
I assume that the hostesses going to SC. Of course it doesnt say "instructing" it says "permitting". I do hope that the use of the word "former" means leniency for UT in football. The program doesnt need anymore hurdles.
Now as far as Pearl goes. It looks pretty bad for him. I hope they dont suspend him for next year.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to macon_volfan:

what makes the fb stuff irk me the most is about the time he did that stuff, he left!!!

bbstuff makes me sad. Tell the truth, and you have to take an additional 10 hour compliance class or some other nonsense.

Still, it's kiffin's fault. The whole thing. The NCAA isn't sniffing around if Kiffin's not here.

So who should be held accountable? The person that hired Kiffin and Pearl?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to nocleats:

Absolutely no surprises here, Many had said there would be much much more.

I agree with that. What will the trolls lie about now?

rocky_topper writes:

It's nothing that hasn't already been reported and confirmed by Hamilton and Bruce Pearl. I'm glad Jane Kippen is gone!

budd#207344 writes:

in response to macon_volfan:

what makes the fb stuff irk me the most is about the time he did that stuff, he left!!!

bbstuff makes me sad. Tell the truth, and you have to take an additional 10 hour compliance class or some other nonsense.

Still, it's kiffin's fault. The whole thing. The NCAA isn't sniffing around if Kiffin's not here.

That is not true. They had reason to look at BB without kiffin. Charges prove it

dlobh writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

I'm hearing that the football program won't be hit very hard. Bruce is gonna feel the pain...

Should Pearl be punished severely after the relative slap on the wrist that Calhoun got at UConn? Or will they make an example of UT since the football and basketball programs were both hit with transgressions?

RockyBears2009 writes:

fire pearl- liars shouldn't lead and prosper from it. not presidents, politicians or even UTs basketball coach. he admitted his mistakes and we can forgive him...but there are still consequences for actions.

i'm sure ut fans don't like that opinion, but i LOVE the Vols (more than any coach). GBO

Futurecoach16 writes:

The hammer may come down hard. It shouldn't, but it may, because you never know what to expect from the NCAA. However, I must say that for all those that say Raleigh is a cheater, there was NOTHING said regarding him and his program.

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to orangeman1:

So who should be held accountable? The person that hired Kiffin and Pearl?

That crook knew what he had done. Kiffin should be punished, NOT SOMEONE ELSE.

423volunteer writes:

in response to macon_volfan:

what makes the fb stuff irk me the most is about the time he did that stuff, he left!!!

bbstuff makes me sad. Tell the truth, and you have to take an additional 10 hour compliance class or some other nonsense.

Still, it's kiffin's fault. The whole thing. The NCAA isn't sniffing around if Kiffin's not here.

basketball could be blamed on now current OSU frosh Aaron Craft for tipping people off

DennisVols writes:

The NCAA can in fact suspend the former football coach, won’t use his name, at his current employer for his conduct at UT along with any assistant coaches who might be working elsewhere.
There is a seldom used clause that would permit the NCAA to take this action if they feel the violations where bad enough.
Now that would be fitting wouldn’t it?
Keeping it Real
GoVols!!!

423volunteer writes:

the report also mentions acting contrary to principles of ethics which is viewed as a very serious offense by the ncaa

oldvolmikelb60 writes:

in response to CrankE:

Is there something new here? I read the litany and I just don't see it.

What I do see looks like a fishing expedition for the NCAA into every nook and cranny of the Athletic Department. Get back there to page 20 and following and you'll see.

where can you see the whole thing at?

zqvol writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Nothing unexpected. Doesn't look too bad.

It looks horrible.

GoVols_16 writes:

Basketball, Shmashketball, I don't care. If they're guilty, burn 'em down, I say. (Bet we get worse treatment than UConn though).

I just hope they will take into consideration the ooze that left town when doling out punishment for the football program.

KnoxvilleKnowledge writes:

I thought there was to be baseball allegations as well? Not that baseball is as important at UT but I think that would have only made it worse in that it would have shown an even greater campus wide disregard of the NCAA.

Glad they are not showing up.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to ztoshiningz2:

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We are all upset about his 31 player arrests...oh wait...that was Urban Meyer. Never mind.

mugsy279#205284 writes:

If Pearl had not admitted to lying to the NCAA the basketball part would not be all that bad. As for Lame Jane Kiffy he should be suspended from coaching for at least 2 years even if he is not at UT. The university will be left to clean up his mess and suffer the consequences. The only bright spot is that USC is in trouble with the NCAA and if Kiffy screws up, and he will,then he will go down with the ship.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to dlobh:

Should Pearl be punished severely after the relative slap on the wrist that Calhoun got at UConn? Or will they make an example of UT since the football and basketball programs were both hit with transgressions?

Look dude, don't jump my shiz. I'm just stating what I think. ALSO, UCONN'S two assistants were the one's who lied to the NCAA. Their charges were similar to Pearl's. Both were fired, one was suspended from coaching for 2 yrs. He was their Director of Basketball Operations. So while Calhoun might not have been hit as hard as some would have liked, losing his Director of Basketball Operations is MUCH MUCH bigger than some realize.

jenna1009001 writes:

This basically isn't anything new. It will be interesting to see the possible sancation that will be placed on Tn. One could argue, right so, that the Tennessee football was damaged by Kiffins actions instead of recieving any benefits as most of his top recuites have left the program. In addition the individuals responsible for the actions are no longer with the university and any additional penaties would not serve much purpose. The baskeball program is the really interesting situation. Pearl has receieved a pay cut, working without a contract and job security this year, Has been placed on other restrictions by the university. The sec has punished him by suspension of Eight Games. How much more can be done without getting an overall excessive punishment label.
My solution would be to require Tennessee to hire a new Director of Althetics. All this was done under his watch. Added note: We don't need Fulmer as an athetic director at this time. that would put undo pressure on the football team.

PattheFlaVol writes:

Does anyone feel Pearl will go because of this not so new NCAA inquiry??

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

in response to orangeman1:

This is the part that sounds bad to me for football, but overall it didnt look that bad.
"permitting a football recruiting intern to make impermissible contact with high school staff during a recruiting visit."
I assume that the hostesses going to SC. Of course it doesnt say "instructing" it says "permitting". I do hope that the use of the word "former" means leniency for UT in football. The program doesnt need anymore hurdles.
Now as far as Pearl goes. It looks pretty bad for him. I hope they dont suspend him for next year.

If not mistaken, the intern contact was not the girls going to a game, but instead it was Steve Rubio who went with Kiffin on a recruiting trip. The trip was to Rubio's former high school and he talked to kids he knew.

At least that was the story at the time it happened.

zqvol writes:

The orange colored glasses are out in force today.

Orange_since_84 writes:

Well that was anti-climactical. At least the investigation is over. The big question is UT's response and the ultimate punishment.

I did notice this allegation: "the University is alleged to have failed to monitor the men's basketball coaching staff's telephone contacts with prospective student-athletes and their relatives in order to ensure compliance with NCAA telephone contact legislation." Isn't this Hamilton's job? How much of a pay cut is he going to pony up?

zqvol writes:

Wonder what is under all the redacted parts that the university doesn't want seen?

tennessee47 writes:

With both basketball and football program both hit. I got feeling the ncaa is going to hit the school hard. The school finally got with there hand in the cookie jar. So look for maybe them get close to death penalty.
It one thing to one program getting in trouble , but not 2 program.
I got feeling that the NCAA is going to use UT as a example . They are not going to let them off easy. I hope NCAA start throwing the book at all school who break the rules. No more smack on the hand. To they start really going after the school the schools are not going to change there way.

jkreis#632254 writes:

What a joke! In the NCAA's letter to Chancelor Cheek it refers to our Athletic Director, Dan Murphy, WTF? Come on at least proof this phooey before you send it out! It may be time for the BCS schools to withdraw from the NCAA. I wonder what they would do without the Golden Geese?

tomkats3242 writes:

FIRE MIKE HAMILITON BEFORE HE RAISES PRICES AGAIN TO PAY FOR THE LAWYER.

Vol86 writes:

in response to RockyBears2009:

fire pearl- liars shouldn't lead and prosper from it. not presidents, politicians or even UTs basketball coach. he admitted his mistakes and we can forgive him...but there are still consequences for actions.

i'm sure ut fans don't like that opinion, but i LOVE the Vols (more than any coach). GBO

Get off your high horse before you call someone a liar. You would cast your vote to a liar if you liked what he said. Unless you do not vote.

SIMSVOL writes:

Pearl has already paid more of a price than he should have for these outlined charges. He's a great coach and he will be at Tennessee for years to come. Nothing unexpected in the findings regarding basketball. As for football, Kiffen's arrogant approach is at the core of the outlined issues. All in all, Tennessee is in good shape moving forward - let the trolls and false fans say what they want...Go Vols!

MusicCityVol writes:

The best news is that Hamilton and company were up-front about what was being investigated. No surprises today. A bit of a relief.

Nothing Unexpected in the Notice of Allegations for UT
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Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to jenna1009001:

This basically isn't anything new. It will be interesting to see the possible sancation that will be placed on Tn. One could argue, right so, that the Tennessee football was damaged by Kiffins actions instead of recieving any benefits as most of his top recuites have left the program. In addition the individuals responsible for the actions are no longer with the university and any additional penaties would not serve much purpose. The baskeball program is the really interesting situation. Pearl has receieved a pay cut, working without a contract and job security this year, Has been placed on other restrictions by the university. The sec has punished him by suspension of Eight Games. How much more can be done without getting an overall excessive punishment label.
My solution would be to require Tennessee to hire a new Director of Althetics. All this was done under his watch. Added note: We don't need Fulmer as an athetic director at this time. that would put undo pressure on the football team.

"My solution would be to require Tennessee to hire a new Director of Althetics. All this was done under his watch. Added note: We don't need Fulmer as an athetic director at this time. that would put undo pressure on the football team."

I agree with this. I don't want Fulmer as an AD either. But I think Condredge would make a DAMN good one, and Fulmer could take over Condredge's position as Assistant AD. Just my 2 cents.

MothershipChip writes:

They punished Calhoun yesterday so that when our allegations came out today the paltry punishment would be quickly forgotten. Look for the Vols to have at least a two year post season ban in BBall and Pearl suspended for a year. Once the punishment comes down I fully expect Pearl and Tennessee to part ways. I love coach, but the swell of hatred against him will be his down fall here if suspended for an entire season. The football thing is completely up in the air, lets hope we don't get a post season ban there as well.

423volunteer writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED:

If not mistaken, the intern contact was not the girls going to a game, but instead it was Steve Rubio who went with Kiffin on a recruiting trip. The trip was to Rubio's former high school and he talked to kids he knew.

At least that was the story at the time it happened.

correct, the orange pride girls did not count as a football intern like the report states.

Vol86 writes:

There will be no post season bans. And if there is we will just play some preseason games in Hw. Wait we are not USCheat.

mugsy279#205284 writes:

in response to PattheFlaVol:

Does anyone feel Pearl will go because of this not so new NCAA inquiry??

Unless there is more to this than is being reported Pearl is probably safe. I think he would already be gone if UT didn't want to keep him around. He is on very thin ice though and any wrong move or misstep, no matter how minor and he will be gone and gone fast.

PeeEllthree writes:

in response to PearlMustGo:

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Hey DA LIAR, where is the pay for play info? Remember? You stated Maze, Smith, Harris, et al, were all paid by UT and BP. You guaranteed the truth would come out. Surely the NCAA found out the secrets you hold. You are an effen clown!!LMAOMF!!

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