Update: NCAA expands investigation into Tennessee recruiting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The NCAA is expanding its investigation into football recruiting practices at the University of Tennessee during Lane Kiffin's tenure as head coach according to ESPN.

Lane Kiffin reported six secondary violations while running the UT football program last season. UT Athletics Director Mike Hamilton confirmed last December that an NCAA review was underway and that the university administration and athletics department was cooperating fully.
Hamilton says the possibility of receiving a letter of inquiry to investigate tennessee for ncaa violations still exists.

The NCAA has interviewed several current and former Tennessee coaches and recruits regarding an investigation into possible recruiting violations, people with knowledge of the probe have told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

ESPN reported Friday that Tennessee expects to receive a letter of inquiry soon about possible violations under former coach Lane Kiffin and his staff.

Tennessee self-reported six minor recruiting violations by Kiffin and his staff during their one-year tenure and in December acknowledged cooperating with an NCAA investigation into actions by the school's Orange Pride athletics hostess program.

The Volunteers have not reported any violations since Kiffin's departure in January, however, and the interviews with coaches and recruits took place in the spring.

ESPN, citing an unnamed sources, reports that UT is expecting a letter of inquiry from the NCAA informing administrators of the expanded investigation.

The NCAA is expected to interview former coaches, including Kiffin, ESPN reports, as part of their continued probe into the use of UT hostesses in athletics recruiting.

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  • by Gary on Feb 22, 2011 at 11:48 PM
    Put some of the blame on Mike Hamilton for not doing his job he is the man in charge .
  • by Juzkruzin Location: Newport on Aug 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    Sniffin Kiffin is a cancer in College Football, today, yesterday and tomorrow. Why did UT hire him in the first place? He was the one behind the Reggie Bush investigation at USC before. There is no doubt he had a hand in getting Brice Brown not to play for UT this year, wantingg him at USC. No coach would do the school, that just gave you your first chance at being a head coach, the way Sniffin Kiffin did UT. He had already made a deal with USC about what coaches he wanted to bring with him, etc., before he took the job. It was a package job and all the coaches he took had already been asked & said they would go to USC with him, in my opinion. The only thing that will get Sniffin Kiffin attention is for the NCAA to put him out as a head coach at any school, any division for 3-5 years, favoriting 5 and maybe he would have time to read the rule book&try to understand&adibe by them in the future if he has one, which I hope he doen't.The scholarships he lost he will get them to walkon!!
  • by Earnest Location: Turtletown on Aug 7, 2010 at 09:23 AM
    Somewhere along the way, the NCAA is going to have to ensure punishment follows a coach where ever he goes even if the violation is discovered after leaving a school in question. The Seattle Seahawks coach should have to pay a monetary fine since he is no longer in the NCAA. Too often the school bears the brunt of the punishment.


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