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COI: "Evidence insufficient" for Vol violations

Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 3:33 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

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.


Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:47 am

COI: "Evidence insufficient" for Vol violations

Mark Emmert is all talk. This is guy is a wuss. You cannot have someone in charge of sports that never participated in them himself.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:08 am

COI: "Evidence insufficient" for Vol violations

The COI said that Kiffin's staff made 16 impermissible phone calls to five different recruits.  This compares to the 3500 illegal phone calls that Les Miles had his staff make over a period of years.  The NCAA basically came out and admitted it had been on a witchhunt.  Now, with the Miami case, the COI tried to make the best of a situation without any proof of a major violation. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:46 am

COI: "Evidence insufficient" for Vol violations:

I'll bet they are celebrating in Columbus right now.  This decision clears the way for Mark Emmert to let his friend and mentor, Gordon Gee, walk from his investigation with minimal consequences.  On the flip side, they should be very, very scared in Miami right now.  Since Miami has the most horrendous "smoking gun" of all the schools being investigated, they will not only pay for their sins, but those of the programs who are going to "skate" this time around.  
The NCAA will let everyone else off and then use Miami to show how "tough" they are on violators.  This begs a question:

Does anyone out there remotely trust the NCAA to actually back up their pathetic rhetoric with action?  By the time cronyism and incompetence play out, there isn't much room left for them to actually DO anything. 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:33 pm

COI: "Evidence insufficient" for Vol violations

yadda, yadda, yadda.  The COI needs to mainline some Viagra as they are very, very flaccid.

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