Timeline: How Willie Mack Garza story unfolded

A violation committed more than three years ago by then-Tennessee assistant coach Willie Mack Garza ended Friday when the NCAA infractions committee submitted its final report on the matter.

The major violation will extend Tennessee's probation through Aug. 23, 2015. But the ruling will have a bigger impact on Garza's hopes of returning to college football.

Garza was hit with a three-year "showcause" order that puts severe restrictions on his ability to find another job with an NCAA institution.

Here's how the story unfolded:

May 2009: Then-UT assistant Willie Mack Garza strikes up a relationship with Will Lyles, a representative of Elite Scouting Services. They exchange frequent calls and texts, according to records.

June 19, 2009: Lyles purchases tickets for Lache Seastrunk and his mother to fly to Knoxville for an unofficial visit.

June 20, 2009: Seastrunk and his mother arrive in Knoxville and are provided with impermissible transportation and lodging by Garza.

July 5, 2009: Garza sends Lyles a Moneygram in the amount of $1,500 to reimburse Lyles for his purchase.

Jan. 12, 2010: Lane Kiffin resigns as coach at Tennessee to take job at Southern California. Garza officially accompanies him nine days later.

Aug. 25, 2010: Garza, now an assistant at Southern California, is questioned by NCAA enforcement staff and USC officials about Seastrunk's visit but denies any knowledge of violations.

Aug. 24, 2011: NCAA infractions committee issues sanctions to Tennessee related to major violations in the men's basketball program and secondary violations in the football program.

Aug. 30, 2011: NCAA interviews Lyles, who offers information that Garza provided "impermissible inducements" for Seastrunk and his mother.

Aug. 31, 2011: Garza is confronted with this new evidence, including a receipt provided by Lyles, and admits he provided the inducements without knowledge of anyone else on the football staff.

Sept. 1, 2011: Garza resigns from USC's staff citing "personal reasons unrelated to USC football."

Sept. 9, 2011: The NCAA verbally notifies that Tennessee that it has opened an inquiry into the case.

June 4, 2012: The NCAA enforcement staff and UT reach agreement on a "summary disposition" of the case, meaning the facts of the case are essentially agreed to and there is no need for a formal hearing.

July 17, 2012: NCAA infractions committee reviews the case and tells UT that it believes additional penalties are in order beyond those self-imposed in the summary disposition.

July 27, 2012: Chancellor Jimmy Cheek responds that the additional penalties are "unduly harsh."

Aug. 22, 2012: UT agrees to appear before the infractions committee in person to discuss the penalties.

Oct. 13, 2012: UT appears before an "expedited hearing" of the infractions committee in Sanibel, Fla. The committee said UT officials could appear by video conference because Tennessee played at Mississippi State in football that day. It's not clear which UT officials were there in person and who appeared in person.

Nov. 16, 2012: NCAA infractions committee issues report, retaining the additional penalties that UT had argued against.

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Comments » 9

ReVolver writes:

Kiffin. The gift that keeps on giving.

10ACfan100 writes:

"Oct. 13, 2012: UT appears before an "expedited hearing" of the infractions committee in Sanibel, Fla. The committee said UT officials could appear by video conference because Tennessee played at Mississippi State in football that day. It's not clear which UT officials were there in person and who appeared in person.

Nov. 16, 2012: NCAA infractions committee issues report, retaining the additional penalties that UT had argued against."

Nov. 17, 2012: UT beats Vanderbilt

florida-volfan writes:

in response to 10ACfan100:

"Oct. 13, 2012: UT appears before an "expedited hearing" of the infractions committee in Sanibel, Fla. The committee said UT officials could appear by video conference because Tennessee played at Mississippi State in football that day. It's not clear which UT officials were there in person and who appeared in person.

Nov. 16, 2012: NCAA infractions committee issues report, retaining the additional penalties that UT had argued against."

Nov. 17, 2012: UT beats Vanderbilt

Dont mean to sound negative or pessimistic....but its just how the seasons going, why should I expect anything different.... Nov. 17, 2012: Vandy beats UT "Jordan Rogers has career day" throws for 400 yards and 5 TD's, UT loses game in final 3 minutes.

10ACfan100 writes:

"Dont mean to sound negative or pessimistic....but its just how the seasons going, why should I expect anything different.... Nov. 17, 2012: Vandy beats UT "Jordan Rogers has career day" throws for 400 yards and 5 TD's, UT loses game in final 3 minutes"

You don't sound pessimistic to me. More like realistic. I'm just hoping we'll win the final two games and let our boys play in a bowl game.

pcorange writes:

With this being done 3 1/2 years ago by a coach who hasn't worked at UT in over 3 years, and who admits that no one at UT had any knowledge of what he was doing, why would the NCAA leave us on probation for what will end up being 4 years? Lane Kiffin and all his trash are gone, thank God. I guess we'll have another decade of sub-mediocrity. Maybe we'll win out and go to a toilet bowl. We're stuck with Dooley. Who's gonna come here now?

RockyTopApologist writes:

Well, that's what happens when you mess around with those flashy one-night-stands like Kiffin..... you get an STD. Boy, I reckon USC is really in for it someday; I hope they have an antibiotic that will work..... Dool-icillin doesn't seem to be here....

whatthe84 writes:

Look, Willie Mack Garza was just doing everything he could to bring a winner to Knoxville. He was guided by Lane and he was selling the big orange nation to Lasha. Lasha or whatever was a bigtime recruit from Texas who Auburn and Oregon were hot after. Sometimes you just do what you do. You need speed and you wink and nod and slip a benjamin and let the grease smooth the way so to speak. Heck the Aubun Tigas slipped and tipped their way to a NC with the Camanator in 2010. They had the NCAA nipping at their heals but they still have the crystal. Its all about the dubs. Put on your blinders and let the coaches do their thing...its all good. Sometimes you get a black fingernail when the rat trap snaps shut and sometimes you get the cheese clean. Ole Cheese down on the plains reached in and picked the trap clean and raised the ball. GBO

JonGrudensAgent writes:

in response to RockyTopApologist:

Well, that's what happens when you mess around with those flashy one-night-stands like Kiffin..... you get an STD. Boy, I reckon USC is really in for it someday; I hope they have an antibiotic that will work..... Dool-icillin doesn't seem to be here....

USC has something that UT didn't have when Kiffin was here, a competent AD to keep him in line.

With the mess that USC got into with Reggie Bush, Haden is keeping a tight leash on Kiffin and his staff.

And yet they continue to roll in 5 star recruits.

RealisticVol (Inactive) writes:

WHY IN THE HELL would the NCAA infractions committee add insult to injury at this late date? It is obvious that we are going through hell already from what that rat pack did to us. They are just kicking a cripple after he has been pushed down. Are you proud of yourself NCAA?

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