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.