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NCAA to hit Kiffin, Vols with ‘failure to monitor’ violation

Lane Kiffin

Nearly 13 months after he left for his dream job at USC, Tennessee still can’t escape the lingering effects of Lane Kiffin‘s one-year tenure on Rocky Top.

In an excellent piece appearing on the AOL Fanhouse website Wednesday evening, writer Clay Travis writes that the “NCAA will cite the University of Tennessee’s football program with a failure to monitor a violation stemming” from Kiffin’s time at the school.  Additionally, the NCAA will cite Kiffin, as well as former UT assistant David Reaves, personally with a “failure to monitor” violation.

The alleged violations stems from the now-disbanded Orange Pride program — including hostesses who allegedly made improper contact with potential recruits — as well as Reaves himself allegedly making improper contact with recruits.  Travis writes that “the NCAA has determined that Reaves… provid[ed] written and oral instruction to the Vol hostesses about which top recruits to contact, how to contact them, and asked for updates on those conversations, which occurred either via Facebook, text message or phone call.”

Reaves denied the allegations to the NCAA during the course of an investigation that began early last year, but sources both inside and outside of the football program told Travis that the NCAA has evidence that proves otherwise.

If Kiffin is hit with a ‘failure to monitor’ violation, he could face sanctions from the NCAA that would impact his current job, including, but not limited to, recruiting restrictions.  Travis writes that the “decision to pursue charges against Kiffin and Reaves represents an expansive assault on not just the Volunteer football program, but the coaches themselves.”

A prominent NCAA attorney, Mark Jones, chair of the law firm Ice Miller’s collegiate sports practice, said that “failure to monitor allegations are almost always classified as a major violation,” but that punishments for failure to monitor can vary significantly based upon the NCAA’s opinion of the severity of those violations.

Jones also stated that situations where coaches commit a violation and then move on to another school and receive punishment are “not the norm, but in the past twenty-five years that has happened in a number of cases.”

The most recent example of a coach with a checkered past being slammed was Kelvin Sampson, the disgraced former Indiana coach who was handed a five-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA that effectively acts as a five-year college coaching ban. Sampson’s penalty occurred after continued improper recruiting contacts. But Sampson was a serial rule violator, having previously been punished at Oklahoma prior to arriving at Indiana.

Other than a handful of secondary violations, Kiffin has yet to find himself on the really wrong side of the NCAA.

An official notice of allegations has yet to be received by any party involved, but is expected to arrive in the not-too-distant future.  Once the notice has been received, those involved will have 90 days to respond to the findings.

A hearing is currently scheduled for sometime this summer.

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21 Responses to “NCAA to hit Kiffin, Vols with ‘failure to monitor’ violation”
  1. dkhhuey says: Feb 2, 2011 7:50 PM

    Jesus is there no end to the scum this man can generate

  2. BrownsTown says: Feb 2, 2011 7:55 PM

    Wow, pimping some college girls. Monte must be so proud.

  3. weswelkerspornstash says: Feb 2, 2011 8:00 PM

    Light his ass up… What a sellout douche…

  4. soflatrojan says: Feb 2, 2011 8:08 PM

    The buzz was accurate SC had a huge day today. We still need Pomee and Henderson to top off the class. People can hate on Kiffin all they want but the guy can recruit!

  5. thatdude32 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:18 PM

    he can also play dirty which is why he is about to get hit up by the ncaa if he could recruit so good then he would not resort to gettin young females to do it for him stop bein a homer and get some common sense man

  6. cubano76 says: Feb 2, 2011 8:31 PM

    I would prefer they hit him in the wooblies w/ a shovel. But I’ll take what i can get i guess.

  7. soflatrojan says: Feb 2, 2011 9:11 PM


    Recruiting under sanctions at USC Kiffin has landed the #1 class last year and as I type this the #1 class this year. After Mamba decommits USC will probably be 3rd. I think it safe to say based on the current situation at USC they are probably the one of the cleanest programs in the country. So its not being a homer when I say he can recruit.

  8. gatorword says: Feb 3, 2011 12:20 AM


    First of all, yes, kiffin has landed a great recruiting class…despite lane kiffin being in charge. It’s USC. They are always going to have a great recruiting class. As far as ‘one of the cleanest programs’ comment, did you have a smile on your face when you typed that? Because no program in college football is totally clean. Especially not ones that make the news on a daily basis…including ones that I may hold dear. I would be naive to think so. Kiffin, even after the dirtball Carroll, has/will continue to play the game to the extent that he can get away with it. Shit, he was already pushing the boundaries at UT. Lane is the classic example of a snake oil salesman, willing to say whatever it takes. It just so happens that he coaches at a university that has a beautiful climate, a plethora of willing women, and a bottomless checking account that can buy them out of suspension, although this last time was just TOO expensive. Props to that. Good for them. In the long run, you will not see greatness from Lane Kiffin. His dad knows football. Lane knows what to say to make people believe what he wants. He is a punk-ass, ‘I’ll rat you out before I get caught’, ‘f-anything or anybody that stands in my way’ son-of-a-bitch. Lane will never win a National Championship. So when he gets caught cheating and gets kicked out of college (because he is not as savvy as Pete was and left BEFORE getting the boot), don’t bitch and moan about what you didn’t know.

    I’m not saying this as a Gator fan wishing ill on USC. I want USC to do well, honestly. I want some competition for the SEC in the NCG. The way things are going, the SEC, Big 10(12), and the Pac 10 will be the only ones left in a few years. I only hope that it doesn’t turn into a scenario where it’s ‘SEC Champion vs. whoever else’. That’s the way we are headed (see: past 5 years and counting) and I’d like to see a little more challenge from somewhere else. Notice I’m trying not to say the SEC is the best conference, but it’s hard.

    I guess what I am trying to say is, don’t praise a guy just because he is your coach. Especially if he is a douche bag. Hire Randy Shannon and then say you have a clean program…I’ll believe that. Too bad graduation rates don’t equal National Championships.

  9. soflatrojan says: Feb 3, 2011 8:04 AM

    I am one of the people who believes that all the top programs are dirty to an extent. As for my comments about USC being clean I was talking about this year. Given the fact that USC is obviously not a favorite of the NCAA and was hit with such harsh penalties it would be stupid to have a business as usual attitude.

    Yes it is easy to recruit to USC right now. But that doesn’t mean Kiffin is not a good recruiter. Its been pretty easy to recruit to Florida as of late but you still can deny the fact that Meyer was a great recruiter. Look no further than the job Muschamp did this year. Please don’t make excuses how he wasn’t there long enough.

    I know people hate Kiffin and I think its fair to question whether he is a good coach or not. But when it comes to recruiting he is one of the best. He brought in a highly rated class at UT on short notice. He closed the #1 class last year at USC on short notice. Did he push the envelope probably but so does every other school in the SEC. Is his recruiting at UT anything close to Cam Newton?

  10. gatiger says: Feb 3, 2011 10:59 AM

    Kiffin, the gift that keeps on giving.

    While he’s being punished at USC for Carroll’s trangressions….give him time, he’ll have his own.

  11. gatorword says: Feb 3, 2011 11:29 AM


    Make excuses? About Florida’s recruiting class this year? If that’s what you are talking about then I would have to say we had a great recruiting class this year. No excuses needed. To be in the top 10 classes, even through a coaching change, is awesome. Give credit to Urban for setting it up and Muschamp for sealing the deal. He even talked players in to staying. That’s great leadership. Now if only he would boot Janoris to set a precedent.

    Anyway, I’m not impressed with Lane and I think he is a douche. Maybe it’s because of what he did at Tenn and everything since, and maybe it’s just because it’s true. Probably a little of both. I just can’t wait until he’s gone from college football. I don’t think a guy like that does any program good. And as USC will see, you still have to coach great recruiting classes. Prediction: He won’t be around more than 3 or 4 more years due to lack of production on the field, not the recruiting trail.

    Oh, and the Cam Newton thing…yeah, they’ll strip Auburn of their NC and him of his Heisman. So what? That’s where USC was headed when Pete ran to Seattle. If you play the game, expect to pay the consequences.


  12. Cold weather Stupid Bowls need to be banned! says: Feb 3, 2011 12:49 PM

    gatorword – sounding almost exactly like like gatorfan1

  13. edgy says: Feb 3, 2011 12:52 PM

    To anyone who believes that Kiffin did anything that no other coach, especially in the SEC, has ever done: you’re IGNORANT.. The hostess program superseeds him by 50 years.

    I’m not making excuses for him but to demonize him for something that others have done is pretty hypocritical.

  14. soflatrojan says: Feb 3, 2011 1:17 PM


    You are the first Gator fan I have heard say they were happy with the job Muschamp did in recruiting. Top 10 on which site? The two major services Scout and Rivals don’t have them in the top 10.

    Florida was the hottest program in the country less than 12 months ago. Now they can’t crack the top 10 unnaceptable. Out recruited by Clemson in your own backyard.

    Jernigan grows up a Gator fan and your not in his top 3?

  15. oldvol75 says: Feb 3, 2011 2:00 PM

    Been there, done that. Vols fans refused to believe the Old Raider. We are still paying. Although it hurts to agree with a Gator, Gatorword is on the money. We are looking at sanctions for no reason other than Kiffen needing to see his mug on TV everyday. His great(ha!) recruiting class at UT is an abysmal failure. We have less than 50% of his recruits left after 1 year. There is more to recruiting than bringing in the stars. If you want Thug U, keep Kiffen. I don’t think that is where Hayden wants USC to head. It probably won’t be Hayden that get him run off, he will be his own demise and it will start with the probation for UT. (Really it started with the Reggie Bush deal.) You have the same bunch back that got you in trouble the last time. Go ahead and be a Toyota- you asked for it, you got it.

  16. gatorprof says: Feb 3, 2011 2:27 PM


    I am “fine” with this year’s class. I do wish we had picked up a few more DL talent.

    The rankings are heavily slanted to the number of recruits. Teams like UF and OU didn’t have numbers, but they had reasonable quality in terms of “average stars”.

    USC signed 30 kids which puts them near the top based on total points, but if you look at the quality, you are at 3.37 stars (scout) and 3.48 (rivals)….in other words, you got your 4th/5th ranking based on quantity, not quality.

    Despite the coaching change…which did have an adverse effect…UF came in at 3.50 (scout) and 3.56 (rivals).

    Bama, Auburn, Texas, etc. had truly outstanding classes both in terms of quantity and quality.

    Don’t worry, USC will continue to decline. Kiffin is like Zook…good recruiter, but an awful coach.

  17. scardino says: Feb 3, 2011 4:04 PM

    If I had a team of whores at my disposal I would be such an awesome recruiter.

  18. edgy says: Feb 3, 2011 4:26 PM

    Gatorprof, why can’t you put away your blinders? The 3.37 was 13th and it was only 2 behind that Gators at 11. The class was “hurt” by 3 JC and 1 punter, who were 2 stars and that was a greater % of players for the class (16.7% vs 5.6% for the Gators), which “pulled” the average down. The Trojans got quantity and quality and if you weren’t so blinded by your gator biases, you’d see that. After all, if the Trojans class sucked at 3.37 then the Gators class wasn’t that much better at 3.50 — unless, of course, you’ve got your gator glasses on.

  19. buckeyeboy(used to be a couple of different things) says: Feb 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    but of course, no one was as bad as ohio state to edgy, their 5 star recruits that the SEC wanted bad aren’t really that good, they just say that the recruits are good so that ohio state feels good about themselves……

    see that does sound as delusional as I thought it did, edgy

  20. gatorword says: Feb 6, 2011 3:56 AM

    @Cold weather Stupid Bowls need to be banned –

    gatorfan1 must be an insightful son-of-a-bitch.


  21. gatorfan1 says: Feb 7, 2011 1:25 PM


    “gatorfan1 must be an insightful son-of-a-bitch”.

    You got that right!!!!

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