Rubio, who was infamously linked to the recent NCAA investigation into UT’s football program, held the position of director of player personnel for the past two seasons.
Stanton would not specify whether Rubio left on his own volition or had been fired.
The NCAA was originally prompted to investigate UT’s football program after a violation involving Kiffin and Rubio, then a recruiting intern, popped up on the SEC’s radar.
On an Oct. 12, 2009, evaluation visit to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Rubio accompanied Kiffin and entered the school. Rubio, a St. Thomas Aquinas alum who was not certified to recruit off campus at the time, did not enter any of the other high schools on the trip.
After his interview with NCAA enforcement officials on March 10, 2010, Rubio submitted a written statement indicating that UT senior associate athletic director David Blackburn told him and Kiffin that Rubio was not permitted to enter any of the schools. Blackburn confirmed the discussion during his interview with NCAA investigators, and said the conversation occurred via telephone on the eve of the trip.
Kiffin, in an interview with UT and the NCAA enforcement staff, said he considered it a “rare circumstance” for Rubio to “see his old buddies ... his old coaches and teachers.” Both Kiffin and Rubio said Rubio did not make contact with any recruits.
Aside from a slew of self-imposed penalties, UT’s football program did not receive further punishment from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions for its alleged violations under Kiffin.
Rubio, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native, came to UT after six years at Central Florida. He graduated in 2007 with a degree in sports administration and served his final year as the Knights’ director of player personnel.
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