Kiffin confident in NCAA testimony

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WVLT) -- Former Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin completed his testimony in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, saying he was confident in how the proceedings played out.

"It was a very fair process and I'm glad it's over," Kiffin said. "I'm happy we got to get the truth presented."

Kiffin appeared in front of the committee to respond to two major violations levied against him by the NCAA. He is accused of making impermissible phone calls and breaking rules with his involvement in the "hostessgate" saga.

The NCAA prohibits participants in the hearing from disclosing specifics of the meeting, but Kiffin said he was "very" comfortable with how things went.

Kiffin said it was surreal to spend time with the Tennessee administrators with whom he used to work.

"It was," Kiffin said. "There are so many people that had so many different connections. Last night I was around a few of them. It is a little bit different."

Kiffin's said he took time to catch up with his former boss, athletic director Mike Hamilton, who announced his resignation Tuesday.

"I feel really bad for him," Kiffin said. "It is an unfortunate situation. I enjoyed him being my boss and I think he's a great man."

Former Tennessee basketball personnel will appear in front of the committee after lunch to answer nine major violations. Former head coach Bruce Pearl and former assistants Steve Forbes, Tony Jones and Jason Shay will each testify.

The football portion of the hearing lasted nearly five hours.


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