Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Kiffin to learn NCAA fate?
By Ted Miller
It appears USC coach Lane Kiffin will learn his NCAA sanctions fate on Wednesday, and the Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting it will be good news.
From the Sentinel:
The two major violations levied against the football program were found to be secondary violations and no further penalties were levied against the UT program, former coach Lane Kiffin or former assistant David Reaves.
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.
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 have faced some sort of suspension or recruiting restrictions.