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Kiffin to learn NCAA fate?

8/23/2011

It appears USC coach Lane Kiffin will learn his NCAA sanctions fate on Wednesday.

ESPN.com's Andy Katz reported Tuesday that former Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl will receive a multiple-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA's committee on infractions, information that will be made public Wednesday.

Kiffin, Tennessee's coach in 2009, participated in the same hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions as Pearl. It would be highly unusual for the NCAA to provide a ruling on one program and not the other.

As to your first two questions: 1. No, former Miami AD Paul Dee was not the committee chair during the Tennessee hearings; 2. No, it's unlikely the NCAA will go light on Kiffin just because its sanctions in the Reggie Bush case are now almost universally considered a travesty of unfairness.

Tennessee's defense boiled down to blaming everything on Kiffin, and its efforts seemed mostly successful. The NCAA charged Kiffin with failing to “promote an atmosphere for compliance within the football program," while Tennessee avoided any serious charges.

Kiffin could face some sort of suspension or recruiting restrictions. The Trojans program is not exposed, though obviously any penalties for Kiffin will affect the program.