Lane Kiffin can't avoid Tennessee allegations at USC

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.

Fans react to Tennessee's firing of coach Bruce Pearl

Students react to Kiffin leaving

Lane Kiffin is two workouts into his second spring at USC, but he is still fielding questions about his time at Tennessee.

Bruce Pearl, who admitted that he provided misleading and incorrect information to NCAA investigators, was fired this week as basketball coach at Tennessee.

In the wake of Pearl's firing, Kiffin was asked Thursday whether he was concerned that he might be suspended by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

Last month, after an investigation into Tennessee's athletic program, USC and Kiffin received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding Kiffin's 14-month tenure in Knoxville. The NCAA said Kiffin "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program and failed to monitor the activities regarding compliance" of several assistant coaches and an athletics administrator involved with the football program.

A hearing for Tennessee and Kiffin is scheduled for June.

"I don't have a concern for it because I know, and as you read reports (about Pearl), I think when you look at those things it has to do with issues of how you deal with the NCAA and how you communicate with them through the process," Kiffin said. "I don't think that that is a question at all in this situation."

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DooleysOrangePants writes:

he can think what he wants. the NCAA wants him so get ready kiffin

BubbaTN writes:

Who cares about the California Kid?

VOLliven2it writes:

One more time, we don't want to read about it, hear about it or see any pictures of that guy. He is no longer among us and for all practical purposes should not be related to us in any way. Can you media folk get that through your heads and stop doing this?

BubbaTN writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

One more time, we don't want to read about it, hear about it or see any pictures of that guy. He is no longer among us and for all practical purposes should not be related to us in any way. Can you media folk get that through your heads and stop doing this?

Not that Bruce is Lane...because we actually like(d) Bruce. But just think, we get hear about him now for years too!!!!

OrangePride writes:

My only hope is that Hamilton and the University provide him absolutely "NO" cover at this hearing. Let him speak for himself and we should build a wall around him, his actions, and UT. There are what, four compliance officers on campus? Let him speak to why he, Orgeron, and the staff acted the way they did and got themselves into the jam they're in. I would give them NO quarter in which to hide. Believe me, if he can, he will make it look like UT did nothing to "help him" stay on the right path. He is, was, and always will be a WEASEL!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

yaaaay

tomkats3242 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Than why don't you ask the President at UT to dismiss the Blunder Boy? If enough ask he be removed than he will be fired. If not we need another president at UT.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Kind of sad. You have to feel sorry for Kiffin, don't you? Just kidding.

OwensboroVol writes:

If he gets suspended for a year from coaching, Hayden, or any other AD, will fire him so quick it won't be funny. I don't think Hayden would agree to an interim coach for a full year especially one which brings as little to the table as Kiffin. With all that said I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that the violations that the NCAA are trying to pin on him are ridiculous in nature. It is way past time for the College Athletic Programs to insist on a complete overhaul of the NCAA rules concerning recruitment. The rule that got Bruce was so stupid as to beyond any range of common sense. A Junior cannot go to a BBQ at a Coaches House when he is on a trip that he paid for himself???????(The BBQ had been scheduled for a long time and was for current players who the Junior was hanging with.) Since when did this Country or its Constitution give an organization (such as the NCAA) the power to tell an individual where he can and cannot go. Of course one day later and its completely OK for the player to go to that BBQ because he is now considered a senior???? Have any of you actually seen the bottom line of charges against these guys? An accidental bump at Major Basketball Function being a major violation. Everyone except the NCAA agree that this one was completely honest on Bruce's part. Just think of it, in this country where we are suppose to be free, a coach must send scouts ahead to make sure he won't accidentally run into a High School Player.(Of course since those scouting for him are part of his Basketball Program, he is in violation for the scout getting close enough to identify the HS Basketball Player) Now its part of his job to attend these things but he can't get close to a player?? Does that make any sense. The time has come to give the NCAA a spanking. I don't mean violations like the many where big sums of money are exchanged. I still believe that is wrong. However, some of this recruiting stuff is clearly outdated and needs to be changed.

GBOEngineer writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

If he gets suspended for a year from coaching, Hayden, or any other AD, will fire him so quick it won't be funny. I don't think Hayden would agree to an interim coach for a full year especially one which brings as little to the table as Kiffin. With all that said I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that the violations that the NCAA are trying to pin on him are ridiculous in nature. It is way past time for the College Athletic Programs to insist on a complete overhaul of the NCAA rules concerning recruitment. The rule that got Bruce was so stupid as to beyond any range of common sense. A Junior cannot go to a BBQ at a Coaches House when he is on a trip that he paid for himself???????(The BBQ had been scheduled for a long time and was for current players who the Junior was hanging with.) Since when did this Country or its Constitution give an organization (such as the NCAA) the power to tell an individual where he can and cannot go. Of course one day later and its completely OK for the player to go to that BBQ because he is now considered a senior???? Have any of you actually seen the bottom line of charges against these guys? An accidental bump at Major Basketball Function being a major violation. Everyone except the NCAA agree that this one was completely honest on Bruce's part. Just think of it, in this country where we are suppose to be free, a coach must send scouts ahead to make sure he won't accidentally run into a High School Player.(Of course since those scouting for him are part of his Basketball Program, he is in violation for the scout getting close enough to identify the HS Basketball Player) Now its part of his job to attend these things but he can't get close to a player?? Does that make any sense. The time has come to give the NCAA a spanking. I don't mean violations like the many where big sums of money are exchanged. I still believe that is wrong. However, some of this recruiting stuff is clearly outdated and needs to be changed.

"the rule that got Bruce" was "don't lie to the NCAA, ever"...it wasn't the picnic or the bump

TNVol71 writes:

We have to remember that USC thought it was in the clear because it "didn't know" that Reggie Bush's parents and family had received free use of a house while Reggie was at USC. This happened while lil LK was the offensive coordinator. Since the NOA states that the UT Compliance Office gave Kiffy specific direction not to take Rubio and he did it anyway, his young guilty tail could be caught right in the proverbial NCAA crack. Couple that with the fact that the NCAA is trying to ensure it maintains control, and the Kifster could be in the same boat with BP with both of them trying out a show cause with a multi-year longevity. Soooo glad LK is gone. That may be the only thing that would keep UT football from being within a hair of the death penalty. GBO!!!

VolWoman writes:

Kiffin will be fine. I'm sure Reaves lied his butt off for his brother-in-law that he left behind without a job. I'm sure $$ talks.

DutchOrangeVolsOrange writes:

According to what has already been revealed about all of this Kiffin mess, any predictions on what the UT football program might eventually get hit with? Loss of scholarships, no TV appearances, no Post season bowl games for 2 years? Less than that? More than that? About the same as what I laid out? Now, any speculation on what Kiffin will be dealt with in this situation?

everydayisorange writes:

in response to GBOEngineer:

"the rule that got Bruce" was "don't lie to the NCAA, ever"...it wasn't the picnic or the bump

I think maybe that you missed ov's point! If the picnic were not a violation, no lie would have happened!

FWBVol writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

If he gets suspended for a year from coaching, Hayden, or any other AD, will fire him so quick it won't be funny. I don't think Hayden would agree to an interim coach for a full year especially one which brings as little to the table as Kiffin. With all that said I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that the violations that the NCAA are trying to pin on him are ridiculous in nature. It is way past time for the College Athletic Programs to insist on a complete overhaul of the NCAA rules concerning recruitment. The rule that got Bruce was so stupid as to beyond any range of common sense. A Junior cannot go to a BBQ at a Coaches House when he is on a trip that he paid for himself???????(The BBQ had been scheduled for a long time and was for current players who the Junior was hanging with.) Since when did this Country or its Constitution give an organization (such as the NCAA) the power to tell an individual where he can and cannot go. Of course one day later and its completely OK for the player to go to that BBQ because he is now considered a senior???? Have any of you actually seen the bottom line of charges against these guys? An accidental bump at Major Basketball Function being a major violation. Everyone except the NCAA agree that this one was completely honest on Bruce's part. Just think of it, in this country where we are suppose to be free, a coach must send scouts ahead to make sure he won't accidentally run into a High School Player.(Of course since those scouting for him are part of his Basketball Program, he is in violation for the scout getting close enough to identify the HS Basketball Player) Now its part of his job to attend these things but he can't get close to a player?? Does that make any sense. The time has come to give the NCAA a spanking. I don't mean violations like the many where big sums of money are exchanged. I still believe that is wrong. However, some of this recruiting stuff is clearly outdated and needs to be changed.

I agree that there are things that need to be done about the NCAA, and that a lot of the rules make no sense at all. That said, I don't believe the NCAA is taking away anyone's freedoms or that is undercutting the Constitution any more than any other employer or organization often does.

The bottom line is when you got to work for a company or go into a certain profession, in Pearl's case being a college basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, you must be fully aware of the policies of your employer the organization to which it belongs.

Nobody made Bruce Pearl coach college basketball, he chose to coach, and by doing so, he agreed to, if you want to see things that way, surrender certain freedoms such as having a kid to his house for some burgers.

OTPVol writes:

The USC AD may be on the NCAA's side. He inherited Bozo too through no fault of his own. Obviously just lots of past sins catching up with him. ;-)

OrangePride writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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That's right, moron. You tell em! Like none of the other SEC schools have ever let a coach go. Good grief,but reading your posts makes everyone's IQ go down 3 points! If we keep this up, we are going to ultimately get to YOUR IQ......which is obviously now in single digits!

bobbarbilly writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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The ol' ship might be listing just a bit but she is far from sinking and concerning Mr Personality's early exit, it is always the rats who flee first.

CliveVol writes:

in response to OTPVol:

The USC AD may be on the NCAA's side. He inherited Bozo too through no fault of his own. Obviously just lots of past sins catching up with him. ;-)

I agree. I don't think there are any 2nd chances if Kiffin steps out of line.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to et_vol_fan:

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With the latest news that Tressel was communicating with Pryors handler, but not the University nor the NCAA as per NCAA rules. He better get a 1 yr suspension or fired, if not the NCAA is a complete joke with obvious bias.

brauhuff#295403 (Inactive) writes:

You forgot they fired Don DeVoe after 11 years as well and Jerry Green and Buzz Peterson. Hell in my lifetime and I am almost 57 only Doug Dickey, Kevin O"Neal and Lane Kiffin left on there own accord

crimsonviper writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Take a pill,Sally..

Voluvr writes:

...."that depends on what the definition of Is is"......

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say Voodoo so much fun...;)
Bones never lie.

jimr07 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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there is not enough space to list all those vandy ran off. go have a drink at belle meade club.

GAGAVOL writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

If he gets suspended for a year from coaching, Hayden, or any other AD, will fire him so quick it won't be funny. I don't think Hayden would agree to an interim coach for a full year especially one which brings as little to the table as Kiffin. With all that said I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that the violations that the NCAA are trying to pin on him are ridiculous in nature. It is way past time for the College Athletic Programs to insist on a complete overhaul of the NCAA rules concerning recruitment. The rule that got Bruce was so stupid as to beyond any range of common sense. A Junior cannot go to a BBQ at a Coaches House when he is on a trip that he paid for himself???????(The BBQ had been scheduled for a long time and was for current players who the Junior was hanging with.) Since when did this Country or its Constitution give an organization (such as the NCAA) the power to tell an individual where he can and cannot go. Of course one day later and its completely OK for the player to go to that BBQ because he is now considered a senior???? Have any of you actually seen the bottom line of charges against these guys? An accidental bump at Major Basketball Function being a major violation. Everyone except the NCAA agree that this one was completely honest on Bruce's part. Just think of it, in this country where we are suppose to be free, a coach must send scouts ahead to make sure he won't accidentally run into a High School Player.(Of course since those scouting for him are part of his Basketball Program, he is in violation for the scout getting close enough to identify the HS Basketball Player) Now its part of his job to attend these things but he can't get close to a player?? Does that make any sense. The time has come to give the NCAA a spanking. I don't mean violations like the many where big sums of money are exchanged. I still believe that is wrong. However, some of this recruiting stuff is clearly outdated and needs to be changed.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. However, I don't think these sophomoric words would even be worth a black and white negative, Kodak, that is.

UofTNVol writes:

I'm too heartbroken over Pearl to care what does or doesn't happen to Kiffin. Those two individuals could not be more different in my eyes, and yet Pearl gets fired and Kiffin skips away unscathed. You wait and see. It's just not right.

TennVol01 writes:

I believe that once a new coach is hired by Cheeks, not Hamilton, the school will be looking for a new A.D. Otherwise, UT is still "dirty" with a supervisor who is not supervising. If I were Hamilton, I would get my resume ready ... not that anyone would hire him. If Hamilton also goes .... the NCAA will be even more lenient.

John_10065 writes:

You posers, er-r-r posters, have this all wrong. UT might not get the death penalty, the NCAA learned they can't do that, but there may be a good case of "lack of institutional control" between Kiffin (he who shall not be named) and Pearl under our current AD's tenure.

I don't think this is about penalizing Kiffin (now referred to as the Demon in this post) or Pearl but the fact that there are repeated violations, both major and minor, between two sports in the same school within a short period of time. Combined with the fact that there is a long history of compliance within the same organization ultimately the AD is responsible if not in practice at least in leadership.

So while we're all complaining about even reading a story about the Demon or getting our jollies watching him sweat, shouldn't we be worried about a continued lack of institutional control displayed by our AD's leadership and how the NCAA responds to that glaring and obvious fact? Why aren't we in the same breath wondering why Cheek is overseeing the hiring process? If he had faith in Hamilton's judgement wouldn't the university chancellor take a backseat role and let the AD do his job untethered?

I think there is a much bigger story than the Demon being queried on the left coast and it's more about the fact that our "beloved" AD is now on as short or shorter a leash than Pearl was a month ago.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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No worries. Your Vandy squad will be able to get their standard 2-10 record with no problem this year.

A_Voice_ofReason writes:

Woo hoo, another kiffin headline. He's not a coach at TN any longer, nor is Pearl. They were both snakes and both deserve to never coach again in their lifetime. Please do everyone a favor and stop writing about them...nobody cares anymore.

seadaddy writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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No matter how bad we may be ,one win every year is guaranteed in football and that is the sunk ship called the toiletdore's of West End....... :)

196SVol writes:

in response to seadaddy:

No matter how bad we may be ,one win every year is guaranteed in football and that is the sunk ship called the toiletdore's of West End....... :)

Depends on the NCAA sanctions. Losses to Vandy and KY may become commonplace.

seadaddy writes:

in response to 196SVol:

Depends on the NCAA sanctions. Losses to Vandy and KY may become commonplace.

Ain't never going to happen,we could get down to having the band suit up and play football and we still whip the Toiletdores.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

I'm so tired of this kind of article. I've never seen a hometown paper run down the local team the way this paper does. Please do us all a favor and give it a rest. Find something positive to write about for a change. If you've got to report about some bad news why don't you report on bad news at other schools. Just my opinion.

Go Big Orange!

iowavol writes:

in response to tomkats3242:

Than why don't you ask the President at UT to dismiss the Blunder Boy? If enough ask he be removed than he will be fired. If not we need another president at UT.

I'm kind of thinking the students need to burn some mattresses outside Hamilton's office. Better yet, just burn Hamilton. The world will not miss him.

VOLSMAN1999 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

My only hope is that Hamilton and the University provide him absolutely "NO" cover at this hearing. Let him speak for himself and we should build a wall around him, his actions, and UT. There are what, four compliance officers on campus? Let him speak to why he, Orgeron, and the staff acted the way they did and got themselves into the jam they're in. I would give them NO quarter in which to hide. Believe me, if he can, he will make it look like UT did nothing to "help him" stay on the right path. He is, was, and always will be a WEASEL!

With the way Hammy handled Kiffin and gangs contacts he probably gave him a clause that UT would pay his legal fees for the next 10yrs. The $$ that Hammy is so famous of raising will go to defend Kiffin and his boys from the NCAA.

12Hours writes:

Posted by John
"You posers, er-r-r posters, have this all wrong. UT might not get the death penalty, the NCAA learned they can't do that, but there may be a good case of "lack of institutional control" between Kiffin (he who shall not be named) and Pearl under our current AD's tenure."

Hate to break it to you John, but the NCAA did not hit TN with a lack of Institutional control.
Why? Because when Hamilton had some concerns about some things he saw with Kiffin, he assigned a compliance officer to him full time. And he had that officer document everything. So, because Hamilton handled all that very well, UT will not be hit hard with a lack of Institutional control.
Hamilton would have done the same with Bruce if he had any idea that Bruce's level of integrity was not what he thought. Unfortunately Bruce's issues caught us all (including us fans) totally off guard.
But fortunately the NCAA isn't hitting us there either since they know that there was no reason to think he had gone astray.
So, keep wishing for the NCAA to hit us with lack of control. It's not going to happen and you are not a real fan of UT if you would want it to happen.

esarmstrong#231516 writes:

Whistling by the graveyard.

FWBVol writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Tennessee has had a Peterson coach basketball, but never a Petterson. We've had an O'Neill coach the the team as well, but never an o'Neil.

In his five years coaching UT, Wade Houston lost 25 more games than he lost and was 5-22 his last year. I understand a Vandy grad considers five wins a benchmark achievement, but that boat won't float in Knoxville.

I was a freshman Battle's last year. He was a class act, but the football team was starting to play like Vandy so he had to go. Majors might have lasted a few more years if he hadn't gotten nervous about how well we were doing under an interim Phillip Fulmer. In the end, it was his time to go too.

I know there are a lot of people that disagree with me, but I've always felt Fulmer deserved one more year. However, I can understand why the powers that be decided it was time for a change.

Jerry Green alienated the fan base when he told us if we didn't like things we could just go to K-Mart instead of attending basketball games.

As for Pearl, he lied, tried to get others to lie, and then, despite knowing he was on thin ice, broke some more rules. In essence, Pearl fired himself.

Since 1960 Vanderbilt has had five winning seasons in football. The best record in that span was 8-4. One other time Vandy won four more games than it lost.

I guess after a while you get so used to losing that you will keep any old coach.

seadaddy writes:

in response to RashaadSalabeb:

I'm so tired of this kind of article. I've never seen a hometown paper run down the local team the way this paper does. Please do us all a favor and give it a rest. Find something positive to write about for a change. If you've got to report about some bad news why don't you report on bad news at other schools. Just my opinion.

Go Big Orange!

Great post,so very true.

John_10065 writes:

in response to 12Hours:

Posted by John
"You posers, er-r-r posters, have this all wrong. UT might not get the death penalty, the NCAA learned they can't do that, but there may be a good case of "lack of institutional control" between Kiffin (he who shall not be named) and Pearl under our current AD's tenure."

Hate to break it to you John, but the NCAA did not hit TN with a lack of Institutional control.
Why? Because when Hamilton had some concerns about some things he saw with Kiffin, he assigned a compliance officer to him full time. And he had that officer document everything. So, because Hamilton handled all that very well, UT will not be hit hard with a lack of Institutional control.
Hamilton would have done the same with Bruce if he had any idea that Bruce's level of integrity was not what he thought. Unfortunately Bruce's issues caught us all (including us fans) totally off guard.
But fortunately the NCAA isn't hitting us there either since they know that there was no reason to think he had gone astray.
So, keep wishing for the NCAA to hit us with lack of control. It's not going to happen and you are not a real fan of UT if you would want it to happen.

"So, keep wishing for the NCAA to hit us with lack of control. It's not going to happen and you are not a real fan of UT if you would want it to happen."

Pull your head out of your backside. No where did I EVER say that I wanted the NCAA to hit UT hard. I know you are a Hamilton apologist and frankly I didn't have ANYTHING against him until 2 days before the NCAA tourney.But let's be frank shall we? WHO IS RUNNING THE SHOW when it comes to UT sports? SO STFU!!!

cloudodust writes:

Infractions committed by coach should follow coach. A simple and common sense issue. Next stop for the Lane Train, the University of Fargo A&M.

give_him_6 writes:

LMAO. I hope the press keeps asking him everyday about it and that it never goes away. Heck, maybe AD Pat Haden will get tired of all the negative pub and let him go!!!

iadvol writes:

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I agree 100%. makes zero sense that Hamilton is still employed at UT. He should be an associate AD of food services.

Can you imagine if Pearl and Kiffin were still here right now? If so, UT would be looking at the death penalty in both sports due to the AD'S incompetence!

gmshooter writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Never argue with an idiot because he will drag you down to his level and then beat you with his experience ...

OrangePride writes:

in response to SirSpanky:

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Very true, very true. MH might actually be in deeper water than Kiffin....especially on the charge of failing to maintain an atmosphere of compliance. Cheeks could somewhat blunt the impact to Tennessee by making a pre-emptive move, but somehow I don't think that will happen...IF, the sanctions are really severe and UT as an institution gets a real slap down from the NCAA, I'm not convinced MH will survive it. We'll see, my friend; we'll see.

stratocaster54 writes:

Burn Baby Burn!

Noiseboy writes:

in response to brauhuff#295403:

You forgot they fired Don DeVoe after 11 years as well and Jerry Green and Buzz Peterson. Hell in my lifetime and I am almost 57 only Doug Dickey, Kevin O"Neal and Lane Kiffin left on there own accord

You forgot Ray Mears the "father of UT Basketball". After 15 years in Knoxville, the last three with "Bernie", he was ready to relocate to a room with rubber walls. I'm still amazed they hang that felon's jersey from the rafters after all the stuff he put Mears and the University through.

VOLS_and_REDSOX_4ever writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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UT has won more bowl games in the last 100 years. Look at me I can throw out useless but true info too!

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