Friday, February 4, 2011
NCAA probing alleged workout by Orgeron
By Chris Low
Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron have been gone from Tennessee for more than a year, but try telling that to the Vols' compliance department.
On the heels of a report by AOL Fanhouse that the NCAA plans to cite the football program with a failure to monitor during Kiffin's one-year tenure at Tennessee, sources are now telling ESPN.com that the NCAA is looking into whether Ed Orgeron personally worked out a recruit on that recruit's high school campus in May 2009.
When contacted Friday, Orgeron said he'd been told that he was not allowed to comment. Orgeron is now an assistant on the Southern California staff under Kiffin, but was the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee during the 2009 season when Kiffin was the Vols' head coach.
The prospect, Brandon Willis of Byrnes (S.C.) High, became the No. 10 rated defensive lineman in the Class of 2010 (No. 110 in the ESPNU 150). Byrnes athletic director Bobby Bentley said the NCAA is investigating the charge. "I don't think it would be for me to say anything," he said.
Tennessee officials said Friday they have yet to receive the NCAA notice of allegations, but are expecting it any day. The university will have 90 days to respond upon receipt of those allegations, and athletic director Mike Hamilton has said it may be August before Tennessee appears before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.