NCF Nation: David Reaves
Sources told ESPN.com that the NCAA notice of allegations is in hand and outlines infractions involving the Tennessee football, men's basketball and baseball programs.
The allegations involving the football team go back to Lane Kiffin's turbulent 14 months as the Vols' head coach during the 2009 season, and some of the most serious charges revolve around a trip Tennessee recruiting hostesses took to Duncan, S.C., to see a pair of high school prospects the Vols were recruiting. One of those prospects is current Tennessee defensive end Corey Miller.
In particular, the NCAA was interested in what role Tennessee's coaches had in that trip to Byrnes High School by members of the now-defunct Orange Pride and whether or not that trip was properly reported to compliance officials. The coach at Byrnes, Chris Miller, said he called David Reaves the night of the trip to tell him about the Tennessee hostesses being there at the game and talking to the players. Reaves, who was the Vols' quarterbacks coach at the time and had South Carolina as one of his recruiting territories, was interviewed by NCAA investigators. Kiffin and former Tennessee recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron have also been quizzed by NCAA investigators.
Reaves, who is Kiffin's brother-in-law, did not go with Kiffin to USC and spent last season on the New Mexico staff as quarterbacks coach.
One of the more intriguing subplots in this whole deal will be what, if anything, follows Kiffin to USC and what degree of blame Tennessee places on him for the allegations the Vols are facing.
Tennessee will have 90 days to respond and is expected to go before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions in June.
While there are likely to be some penalties associated with the football end of this investigation, the feeling among Tennessee officials continues to be that those penalties won't be crippling and relatively minor compared to what Bruce Pearl and the men's basketball program could be facing.
Reaves, who is USC coach Lane Kiffin's brother-in-law, replaces Tee Martin, who left the program in February to coach wide receivers at Kentucky.
Reaves spent the 2009 season coordinating the passing game at Tennessee. The Vols passed for 2,942 yards and 28 touchdowns under Reaves. Prior to that, Reaves spent seven seasons at South Carolina.
"David Reaves is a great addition to our staff and has some of the top pedigree in college football," New Mexico coach Mike Locksley said in a statement. "He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program and has been worked for two outstanding coaches in Lou Holz and Steve Spurrier. David has a national reputation as a top recruiter and can develop quarterbacks."
Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Greetings, SEC fans. I'm filling in for Chris Low today, and I've heard a rumor that you guys are pretty serious about your football. Enjoy these links:
• Commissioner Mike Slive tops the Orlando Sentinel's list of the 10 most powerful people in the SEC.
• Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier ranks the top SEC defensive players. No surprise that Tennessee's Eric Berry is on top.
• More rankings (hey, it's early July): The Anderson Independent Mail's Brad Senkiw rates the SEC coaches from 1-to-10. Urban Meyer is No. 1.
• A broken foot may sideline Auburn receiver Tim Hawthorne, Mike Szvetitz says in the Opelika-Auburn News.
• David Reaves left South Carolina to coach at Tennessee because of family reasons, Wes Rucker says in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The Vols quarterbacks coach is Lane Kiffin's brother-in-law.
• The State's Seth Emerson lists five reasons why South Carolina might be better this season and five reasons why the Gamecocks may be worse.
• The Birmingham News' Kevin Scarbinsky wonders if schools should give extra weight to legacy in recruiting. The reason? A Hoover High School wide receiver named Maudrecus Humphrey is the son of Alabama great Bobby Humphrey but has so far not gotten an Alabama offer.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
We browse the headlines from around the SEC:
- Former South Carolina running back Duce Staley accuses former South Carolina assistant and current Tennessee assistant David Reaves of dirty recruiting tactics on the radio airwaves, and Reaves calls in to defend himself. Sounds like the rivalry between South Carolina and Tennessee could be heating up.
- Columnist Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News writes that the biggest task for the new coach at Auburn is being able to stand up to Nick Saban.
- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is making a strong showing in the Heisman Trophy polls.
- Wesley Carroll, who started this season as Mississippi State's quarterback, has been granted a release and plans to transfer.
- Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has turned his focus to making sure his players close in the classroom as well as they did on the field this season.