USC, Kiffin release statement regarding NCAA letter

LOS ANGELES (WVLT) -- The University of Southern California and Lane Kiffin each released statements Tuesday after the NCAA sent a notice of allegations to the school regarding Kiffin's illegal conduct while at Tennessee.

Here are quotes today from USC athletic director Pat Haden and head football coach Lane Kiffin regarding the NCAA's notice of allegations.


"We have received from the NCAA a notice of allegations against Lane Kiffin pertaining to his tenure as the head football coach at Tennessee. The NCAA enforcement process provides for Tennessee and Lane to address those charges. Until that process is completed, it would be unfair and premature for me or USC to comment on this matter.

"However, I will say this: Since his return to USC last year as our head football coach, Lane has been vigilant in making sure he and the football program follow the NCAA's rules and compete the right way. Lane has my support as our head football coach."


"We have received the notice of allegations. On the advice of my legal counsel, we cannot comment other than to say we look forward to working through the process with the NCAA."

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  • by Tom Location: Knoxville on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    It'sabout time the coaches and not the schools or atheletes started taking the fall for unethical conduct. I hope they fry Bruce and Lane and ANY other coach, who wants to cheat and run. HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. SUSPEND SUSPEND SUSPEND send the message loud and clear, YOU the COACH are responseable for your actions and your assistants. If you can't follow the rules why should your players? Get rid of them and start over. The NCAA has an obligation to get it right, why should a COACH be able to bail and the kids coming in or the school take the hit. SET an EXAMPLE. IT"S WAY PAST DUE!!!
  • by Bill Location: Knoxville on Feb 23, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    The NCAA thinks it is the law above all others.While i do not care for Lane Kiffin i feel that if Bruce Pearl is a beast then is the Kiffin people are guilty of the same things they are after Bruce for.He says he is not guilty,if they find he is as they state-then he lied to the almighty NCAA.
  • by Bo Location: Farragut on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    Hey genius.. When it comes to anything having to do with college sports.. The ncaa is the law.
  • by JeffWalker Location: Knoxville, TN on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Lane Kiffin's actions were not "illegal". They may have been against NCAA rules, but that does not make them against the law.


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