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The disastrous Lane Kiffin Era has been officially recognized by the NCAA.

It doesn't appear Hurricane Lane will be causing much more damage at Tennessee though.

The Vols finally received their long-anticipated Notice of Allegations on Tuesday, and when released publicly for the first time by the athletic department on Wednesday, the broken rules all had a similar theme. The 16 impermissible phone calls, impermissible contact with recruits 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 charges of failure to monitor and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

UT could conceivably still face sanctions in the fallout of Kiffin's 14-month tenure with the program, but heading into its hearing with the NCAA Committee on Infractions on June 10 it appears the Southern California coach might have taken the penalties with him when he stunningly abandoned the Vols on Jan. 12, 2010.

"We have received the notice of allegations," Kiffin said in a statement released by USC. "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."

Assuming there won't be a Summary Disposition to simply agree to all the facts ahead of time, the process could lend itself to an uncomfortable reunion with Kiffin and UT in Indianapolis after the 90-day period to respond to the Notice of Allegations ends and the case is heard by the Committee on Infractions.

But until - or if - they're back together at that point, the NCAA appears to have provided a meaningful distinction between the actions of Kiffin, his coaching staff and the Vols. And in terms of punishment, that could prove to be significant for current UT coach Derek Dooley moving forward.

According to the report, Kiffin and three other former UT coaches are alleged to have made improper recruiting contact involving phone calls, text messages and a visit to a Florida high school with an intern. Kiffin's brother-in-law and former UT quarterbacks coach David Reaves, linked for months with a trip by two Orange Pride members to visit recruits in South Carolina, was singled out for improper contact in the notice, though redactions made it unclear if it was in regard to hostesses.

But in at least two instances detailed in the notice, UT officials made Kiffin aware of NCAA rules before violations occured, which likely helped the athletic department avoid a matching charge of failure to monitor for the football program.

"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."

It's not over yet, and any announcement of penalties for either the Vols or Kiffin is months away at a minimum.

And while Hamilton refused further comment on the receipt of the Notice of Allegations, he has been steadfast in his few public comments on the investigation that there would be no great revelations about the football program and has appeared confident for months there would be no significant penalties for it.

Aside from specific details about the players Kiffin and the assistants called, including Brandon Willis, Seantrel Henderson and Ahmad Dixon, the report didn't have much groundbreaking information. And as for any punishments related to Kiffin's stop at UT, there's a chance they might be a different athletic director's problem now.

"We have received from the NCAA a Notice of Allegations against Lane Kiffin pertaining to his tenure as the head football coach at Tennessee," Southern California's Pat Haden said in a statement. "The NCAA enforcement process provides for Tennessee and Lane to address those charges. Until that process is completed, it would be unfair and premature for me or USC to comment on this matter.

"However, I will say this: Since his return to USC last year as our head football coach, Lane has been vigilant in making sure he and the football program follow the NCAA's rules and compete the right way. Lane has my support as our head football coach."

The Vols no longer have to worry about providing it to Kiffin, and the separation between the two parties is now clearer than ever.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward

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usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Oh, Lane....Mr Hayden got something in the mail today...it's for you! heehee

LaneBrains writes:

It seems to be more of the same for us. The community, the school and the SEC were all out to make us look bad. Only the AD there was professional and had our best interests in mind. We respect Mike and look forward to catching up with him in Indy, where we will be heard and then the record will be corrected!

CLK, Monte and Ed

VOLliven2it writes:

Lane Kiffin hire=The Gift that just keeps on giving. I will be utterly amazed if UT comes out of this barely fazed but I do so hope that happens and the Twinky Soft Cakes head coach of USC feels the mighty wrath of the NCAA!

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

"You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God." Mattie Ross

smokies_old_soul writes:

some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers, as in, "please, please please, don't let Kiffin leave us for USC."

DutchOrangeVolsOrange writes:

Well, it saddens me that CBP and the basketball program will certainly feel the punishment. Not unlike most Vol fans, it is just a sad sad day for the program. just as the basketball program was getting rolling this had to happen. Sad part of is, all of this could have been avoided and CBP still would have had a strong product.

I am still unclear as to what this might mean for the football program. It does appear at this time that most of the blame will go to Kiffin. Whether the football programs gets some degree of punishment remains to be seen of course!

It sounded as though Hayden is behind Kiffin. Now that Kiffin is at USC and no longer coaching in the SEC, Kiffin is the prime example of the innocent choir boy. It is too bad Kiffin thumbed His nose at the SEC and Tennessee during his brief season at Tennessee.

Down_The_Field writes:

kiffin is the turd that never flushes.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor volunteer legion of howler monkeys to plant more evidence if needed! Witch Doctor ready to dress them up in USC cheerleading uniforms and drop them off at 5* recruit house!
Bones never lie.

VolMoment writes:

Fans had better understand that we need Mike Hamilton because he is an administration guy. Athletic Director directs the administrative operation of the sports, not the daily activities of the coaches. We got idiots who post here that think that if the head of the financial department of General Motors steals or lied about it's cash position,then they should fire the CEO. Oh wait a minute the brain dead doesn't know what a CEO is in a company!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to PersistentlyDC:

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Witch Doctor look through your previous post...couldnt find it(lol.) who are u? hehe
Bones never lie.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Sure. Right. I can envision Lane Kiffin cooperating with UT on this.

I wish the NCAA would change its bylaws and have penalties and sanctions follow the coaches when they go to other schools. Our football team has had to deal with the fallout of his mess, regardless of what the NCAA officially does.

VOLliven2it writes:

smokies old soul, you HAVE to be kidding me on that "unanswered" prayer. God just said NO to it and that my friend is an answer, not an unanswer. As a child when I asked my dad for money and he said No, that didn't mean he wasn't answering. So this was a good answer from God on Kiffin, a good NO!

tulelakevol writes:

Down the Field, great post.

TDTN writes:

in response to Down_The_Field:

kiffin is the turd that never flushes.

monte and ed are the corn and nuts stuck to the swirling lane.

OrangeCrush writes:

Kiffin, the gift that keeps on giving...

Colliervol writes:

Notice that Haden didn't say that he has his FULL support. Just his "support". Sounds a little lukewarm to me.

agohn writes:

First...I'm happy Kiffin is getting what he deserves.

Second...I have no issue with Bruce and the Boys making contact with recruits at anytime throughout the year. The NCAA should be happy these coaches are trying to steer kids to college.

As a matter of fact, I have no problems if we had to pay these kids a stipend to come, steroids or hgh in any sport, or the kids that smoke reefer. If you want to do those things to your body, fine do them. Or a kid's mom and dad are so poor they need a house close to campus and their son/daughter...so be it, I would hope our boosters would do that. Also, It makes the entertainment better.

I don't think Bruce and the Boys did anything unethical. And if this tidbit helps all the ones who don't know or understand who I am...If I were a superhero, I would definitely be evil. Not towards animals or kids.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Notice that Haden didn't say that he has his FULL support. Just his "support". Sounds a little lukewarm to me.

Witch Doctor say it hard for Haden to think straight with Jeff Fisher running through his head all the time. lol
Bones never lie.

commonman writes:

in response to agohn:

First...I'm happy Kiffin is getting what he deserves.

Second...I have no issue with Bruce and the Boys making contact with recruits at anytime throughout the year. The NCAA should be happy these coaches are trying to steer kids to college.

As a matter of fact, I have no problems if we had to pay these kids a stipend to come, steroids or hgh in any sport, or the kids that smoke reefer. If you want to do those things to your body, fine do them. Or a kid's mom and dad are so poor they need a house close to campus and their son/daughter...so be it, I would hope our boosters would do that. Also, It makes the entertainment better.

I don't think Bruce and the Boys did anything unethical. And if this tidbit helps all the ones who don't know or understand who I am...If I were a superhero, I would definitely be evil. Not towards animals or kids.

You make no sense, if you have no problem with what Bruce did then what is wrong with what Lane did?

Cookeville-vol writes:

Been a big orange fan for life. Some please tell me , how did we get to this?

PeeEllthree writes:

in response to Cookeville-vol:

Been a big orange fan for life. Some please tell me , how did we get to this?

Because instead of saying he had a bbq and some jrs came over, he panicked and denied. If he's fired for anything, it shouldn't be cheating because he gained no competitive advantage. It shouldn't be lying. It should be from stupidity in regards to this particular situation.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to PeeEllthree:

Because instead of saying he had a bbq and some jrs came over, he panicked and denied. If he's fired for anything, it shouldn't be cheating because he gained no competitive advantage. It shouldn't be lying. It should be from stupidity in regards to this particular situation.

Is it true that if the BBQ had happened less than a month later than what it did they all would have been considered seniors?

OrangePride writes:

The moment you hear AD's say things like, "The football coach has my support," then you know the boat is rocking because he also has your attention.............and in all the wrong ways. You know, for a coach who has not one single good year to point to, he seems to get an awful lot of "support" from people. Course, here in Knoxville, that would certainly not be the case! Fairly soon, that is likely to spread to USC.

agohn writes:

in response to commonman:

You make no sense, if you have no problem with what Bruce did then what is wrong with what Lane did?

I guess it's just the a holio that Lane is that I like what's coming to him. Is that hard to understand db?

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

in response to PersistentlyDC:

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You need to send this call out to Gaturd Nation during the time the inmates are allowed access to the computer. How's things working out with Muscramp and Free Willy? Bet the local buffets hate to see him walk in the door. GO VOLS!

ClarksvilleVols42 writes:

in response to Cookeville-vol:

Been a big orange fan for life. Some please tell me , how did we get to this?

One name..MIKE HAMILTON..Thanks moron!!

tnvolmichelle writes:

While it was painful to see Phil leave, Lame-O get hired and his crazy year . . . thank you little baby Jesus that he is gone . . . what was USC thinking? Of course, I have asked that question many times this year and last year with our own AD . . .

tnvolmichelle writes:

Is anyone surprised about Bruce Pearl? I saw them kick butt against Xavier last year here in Cincinnati . . . they are great, and not so great . . . and, not a surprise . . . however, how Lame Kiffen came in with his entourage was a huge disappointment . . . on many levels . . . thank God he is gone . . . Bruce, I don't know what to say buddy . . .

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to bankofdad3:

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LMAO!

iowavol writes:

...And as for any punishments related to Kiffin's stop at UT, there's a chance they might be a different athletic director's problem now...

The intent of this comment is clear, but the poetic inference by KNS is outstanding. Could it be possible they too are calling for Hamilton's head? Heck yeah.

Fire Hamilton now.

CCLC writes:

Throughout this investigation, according to multiple sources, the goal of Tennessee was to isolate the football violations and place them squarely upon Lane Kiffin and his staff. Mike Glazier should get a bonus. He not only managed to avoid a direct hit to the football program, but he delivered Lane Kiffin's head on a silver platter to the NCAA.

UTByrd writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say it hard for Haden to think straight with Jeff Fisher running through his head all the time. lol
Bones never lie.

Hey, Doc! You nailed that one. Fisher would be a much better fit at USC than the lame one.
Haden has stated Kiffin has toed the line since his hire...not. He did illegally contact the Titan's rb coach and hired him without permission to talk to him.
LK will be gone after next year and Fisher will join his former running backs coach on USC.
Rather ironic, don't ya think?

Go VOLS!!!!!

VolsUpsetYetAnother writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

Oh, Lane....Mr Hayden got something in the mail today...it's for you! heehee

LOL - We've given Hamilton enough time @ UT. Not saying this is all his fault. But maybe bringing in someone new would be good for the program. After watching the Year of the QB on ESPN, I would like to see Condredge Holloway take control. Very impressive individual with deeps roots at UT. Class act that could also serve as a recruiting tool. Its hard not to like this guy. He doesnt command respect, he's just one of those unique individuals that folks want to give it too. As for LK, everything comes full circle. His Karma alone after what he did to us as players and fans will haunt him forever. As for Pearl... come on Bruce... you knew better than to have those guys over to your house. And then to lie to the NCAA... man up! You just made a dumb situation even worse. And now ESPN's gonna stomp UT in the groud like they have been loving to do for years! D Dooley is going to be THE MAN to turn this program around. Exciting times ahead guys! Vol 4 Life!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to bankofdad3:

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Who's Goffy?

CCLC writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Who's Goffy?

+1

budd#207344 writes:

in response to VolsUpsetYetAnother:

LOL - We've given Hamilton enough time @ UT. Not saying this is all his fault. But maybe bringing in someone new would be good for the program. After watching the Year of the QB on ESPN, I would like to see Condredge Holloway take control. Very impressive individual with deeps roots at UT. Class act that could also serve as a recruiting tool. Its hard not to like this guy. He doesnt command respect, he's just one of those unique individuals that folks want to give it too. As for LK, everything comes full circle. His Karma alone after what he did to us as players and fans will haunt him forever. As for Pearl... come on Bruce... you knew better than to have those guys over to your house. And then to lie to the NCAA... man up! You just made a dumb situation even worse. And now ESPN's gonna stomp UT in the groud like they have been loving to do for years! D Dooley is going to be THE MAN to turn this program around. Exciting times ahead guys! Vol 4 Life!

For all of you calling for change, remember that we had to borrow money from the university to pay off the lousy basketball coaches Dickey hired for us. MH has made us financially sound, improved all the facilities (which helps recruiting & training), and still managed to give back to the academic side and hire coaches who have won. Yup Kiffin skirted the law. But he won. Bruce lied. But he won. Bruce may get fired. but we are a stronger athletic department because of what MH has done. Who you gonna get to replace that? Love CH but I do not know anything about his financial prowess. This is not the job that it was for Woodruff and Dickey. It is the administration of a $100M budget and growing. Not to mention huge fund raising reponsiblities.Not smiling and gladhanding alums. Watch what you wiah for! it could bite

OTPVol writes:

I have always felt a bit uncomfortable, for no discernible reason, watching Tosh.0. Now I know why. I think he and Bozo were separated at birth. Except Daniel Tosh is funny....

flafan2001 writes:

Hypocritical fans. Only difference between Pearl and Kiffin is one is still at UT. Same fans who were defending Kiffin when he was there and ignoring all who disagreed. KARMA baby.

VOLliven2it writes:

Is anyone sorry that LK is gone? No Is anyone surprised he put our football program in an embarrassing position? No Does anyone care if the NCAA throws the book at him for what he did? No but more likely we will pay more for the fact that our AD hired him.

798orange writes:

I think we should be grateful that David Blackburn was accountable and did the right thing.

kyletrktr writes:

in response to LaneBrains:

It seems to be more of the same for us. The community, the school and the SEC were all out to make us look bad. Only the AD there was professional and had our best interests in mind. We respect Mike and look forward to catching up with him in Indy, where we will be heard and then the record will be corrected!

CLK, Monte and Ed

ya'll are makin yourselves look bad. don't put that on us.

VOLSGURLINCHARLOTTE writes:

in response to flafan2001:

Hypocritical fans. Only difference between Pearl and Kiffin is one is still at UT. Same fans who were defending Kiffin when he was there and ignoring all who disagreed. KARMA baby.

Well we can see you are still angry about Urban leaving you high and dry so he could become a sports analyst. Anyway, not sure everyone was defending Lane Kiffin while he was here but more so supporting the University of Tennessee which is what fans do. What? I just saw on ESPN that John Fox will be starting Kyle Orton instead of Timmy Tebow. KARMA baby! heehee

wellswillie#404648 writes:

Very informative and factual. Glad these infractions will probably go with the coach who committed them - appropriate. Lack of undue negativity toward UT in writing article is noted and appreciated. Good article. Got facts not opinion.

KiwiLuvsUT writes:

Lamo gets what he desveres. I was happy when he left. So glad this will go to him and NOT US. Glad he left cuz half of the freshmen came BECAUSE HE LEFT!

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