The NCAA Committee on Infractions has released its findings from the organization's investigation into Tennessee athletics and former Volunteer head coach Lane Kiffin. And as reported yesterday, neither Kiffin nor the Tennessee football program will face any additional sanctions as a result of the investigation.
But that doesn't mean either Kiffin or the Vols didn't draw the notice of the COI. The report had this to say:
While the investigation included allegations of major violations in the football program, the committee concluded that the evidence was insufficient to support findings of major violations.
However, the committee stated it was "troubled by the number and nature of the secondary infractions by the football coaching staff during its one-year tenure at the institution."
The football staff committed 12 secondary violations over 10 months, all of which were related to recruiting.
The full public report from the COI added this condemnation as well:
Some of the violations received nationwide publicity and brought the football program into public controversy. This is not a record of which to be proud.
Clearly, the COI is not a happy body when it comes to Kiffin's tenure in Knoxville. But without the major violation to hang its punishin' hat on, apparently sanctions weren't an option. For a breakdown of some of the violations contained in the report, check our Tennessee RapidReports. (We were under the impression that suspensions were now on the table for serial secondary violators, but perhaps not.)
So happy body or not, it's nothing but good news for Kiffin, who had this to say: "I’m pleased that the NCAA based its decision on the facts and not on perception."
As for the perception the NCAA has lost its teeth since the USC penalties, however, expect that one to be as pervasive as ever.
For reaction on the show-cause order against Bruce Pearl and the rest of the Vol hoops fallout, stay tuned our sister blog Eye on College Basketball.