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NCAA announces additional penalties from Lane Kiffin ‘era’ with Vols

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Lowlights of Lane Kiffin‘s one year in Knoxville keep coming back to bite Tennessee right in the keister.

The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions announced in a release Friday additional penalties levied against Tennessee dating back to recruiting violations committed by former Vols assistant Willie Mack Garza. Per the release, those penalties include:

  • A two-year extension of the probation issued during the 2011 infractions case
  • A reduction in official visits from 51 to 47 for the 2012-13 academic year
  • A reduction in evaluation days during the spring 2012 evaluation period (completed)
  • No complementary tickets to prospective student-athletes during unofficial visits for the first two conference games of the 2013 season

The university met with the COI last month for an expedited penalty hearing on an agreed upon summary disposition report submitted this past June.

“We will finally close the chapter on the prior actions of members of a previous football coaching staff,” UT athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement. “We have significantly strengthened our culture of compliance at Tennessee and will continue to do so. We disagree with additional penalties for a matter we believed should have been part of the previous case. We will now move forward.”

Garza left Tennessee to take an assistant coaching job at USC under Kiffin. He’s since resigned from that position in the wake of more allegations connecting him to scouting service owner Willie Lyles. As a surprise to absolutely no one, Tennessee’s additional penalties come courtesy of the relationship Garza had with Lyles.

According to the release, “In the facts agreed upon by the University, the NCAA and Garza, during the summer of 2009, Garza reimbursed Will Lyles, an individual associated with prospect Lache Seastrunk, for airfare and hotel expenses associated with an unofficial visit for Seastrunk and his mother to the University. Because Lyles arranged the trip for Seastrunk, the NCAA classified him as a booster of the University.”

Seastrunk and Lyles have been connected to possible NCAA violations at Oregon. Seastrunk has since transferred to Baylor.

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51 Responses to “NCAA announces additional penalties from Lane Kiffin ‘era’ with Vols”
  1. quitcrying says: Nov 16, 2012 12:14 PM

    Mike Hamilton & Lane Kiffin are two of the biggest d-bags on the planet. Both Willies are a close 2nd.

  2. woebegong says: Nov 16, 2012 12:17 PM

    That probably isn’t going to help recruiting a whole lot, and certainly will not help Dooley, stick around for sure.
    I think the Tenn. fans should be darn glad this idiot is now a west coast problem.

  3. thekatman says: Nov 16, 2012 12:17 PM

    And now TN’s beloved football coach is on the hotseat as well.

  4. burntorangehorn says: Nov 16, 2012 12:28 PM

    It’d be great if the NCAA could establish a way to penalize the coaches themselves for infractions that don’t rise to the level of the show-cause penalty, so they can’t avoid punishment just by jumping to another school.

  5. pacific123ocean says: Nov 16, 2012 12:40 PM

    What about Lache Seastrunk? NO penalties for him?

  6. southernpatriots says: Nov 16, 2012 12:40 PM



    Why can’t the NCAA come up such a rule/policy if they can come up with several thousands of pages of regulations and rules which require full time “Compliance Officers” or even a “Compliance Office” full of officers at universities?

  7. pens5829 says: Nov 16, 2012 12:40 PM

    Lane, like Carroll, is a self-centered dirt-bag. Both should be banished from the NCAA for ever.

  8. woebegong says: Nov 16, 2012 12:46 PM

    Tenn. as required by the SEC does have at least one full time compliance officer. The problem occurs when coaches like Kiffin deliberately break the rules, and do not report the possible violation to that department. Compliance departments can only self report what they are made aware of.

  9. timh1955 says: Nov 16, 2012 1:16 PM

    I’m not a Tennessee fan (Alabama) but this just doesn’t seem right! Kiffin is the absolute scum of the college football world and these additional penalties should be on him and his current overrated team. UT has paid way more than they should have to for the crap Kiffin did! Hopefully the condom team he works for now will finally see through him and all his BS and realize what a liability is has been every place he has coached.

  10. burntorangehorn says: Nov 16, 2012 1:28 PM

    woebegong–agreed. Compliance officers can sniff out a lot of stuff, but coaches and players also need to report potential violations to them, so the officers can investigate, report, and control damage.

    pacific–Oregon hasn’t even been penalized (dare I say “yet”?). Pretty sure Seastrunk will actually exhaust his eligibility before he’ll face any real NCAA penalties.

  11. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 1:35 PM

    Thank you LAME Kiffin. You area dirt bag. If you had stayed fro 5 years you could have gotten the death Penalty for Tennessee. I hope Pat Haden sees the light and fires your worthless self. You and Pete Carroll should be banned from NCAA football for life. Actually you both should be exiled from the human race.

  12. xtremesportsmaniac says: Nov 16, 2012 2:11 PM

    What did Pete Carroll do? Most USC donjt blame Carroll for what happened.

  13. pacific123ocean says: Nov 16, 2012 2:26 PM

    Come on people…these penalties are barely a slap on the wrist.

    If TN had gotten a bowl ban or scholarships taken away, I would be on be on board with the hatred towards Willie Mack and Lane.

  14. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 3:01 PM

    LAME Kiffin was just getting started. He did this in only ONE Year. He is a jerk and a scumbag. He will soon get usc on probation unless pat Haden fires him soon.

  15. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 3:03 PM

    Pete Carroll knew about the Reggie Bush issues and accusations and he kept playing him.

  16. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 3:04 PM

    Of course the USC people do not blame Pete Carroll. Why? Look at your comment. They are USC people.

  17. birdsflynorth206 says: Nov 16, 2012 3:08 PM

    So is Lane Kiffin the reason UT sucks this year?? I highly doubt it. UT fans just want to blame someone. Yea Lane messed up at UT but what has he done wrong at USC??

  18. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 3:12 PM

    There are almost none of Lame Kiffin’s recruits left at Tennessee. In addition, he told many other recruits who had committed to Tennessee under Phil Fulmer that he did not want them at Tennessee. This included the current Clemson QB Tajh Boyd. Since Kiffin’s leaving was unexpected the fool AD Mike Hamilton, who has since been fired, hired derrick Dooley who was in no way qualified to be the coach at Tennessee. Dooley coached teams with losing records at La Tech. Thankfully Dooley will be gone next year. He will be fired either Monday or the following Monday.

  19. stairwayto7 says: Nov 16, 2012 3:28 PM

    That’s it? Wher eis the bowl ban? Where are the millions in fines? Where is loss of schoarlships? Where are the vacated wins? MARK EMMERT DO YOUR JOB!!!

  20. woebegong says: Nov 16, 2012 4:07 PM

    Give him time. He will no doubt get USC in hot water before all is said and done. If not, it will be because he is being monitored so closely by the AD there. A tiger doesn’t easily change it’s stripes because he moves to a new hunting ground.

  21. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    You are correct woebegong.

  22. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 4:20 PM

    At stairwayto7: Your usc time is coming just wait and see. Kiffin is a scumbag.

  23. jimbo75025 says: Nov 16, 2012 4:45 PM

    Man, the Lane Kiffen era at UT is like herpes. Just when you think it is gone, it pops back up.

  24. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 16, 2012 5:44 PM

    Given Kiffin’s deflated balls, I would not be surprised if USC AD Pat Haden cleans house after the season

  25. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 5:49 PM

    @amosalanzostagge: kiffin did not know about the deflated balls. A student assistant was totally responsible for that. LOL I also have some land to sell you. Just another Kiffin LIE.

  26. eidolon21 says: Nov 16, 2012 5:51 PM

    lane kiffin everything that is wrong about college football

  27. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 5:55 PM


  28. 35longmiles says: Nov 16, 2012 5:58 PM

    And the Hurricanes think they are going to get off easy. HA! Can’t wait.

  29. cabby782 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:15 PM

    Kiffin is a punk who will leave wrecked programs in his wake as he surfs from team to team one step ahead of the NCAA .

  30. cabby782 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:18 PM

    Why is it schools and players pay for the violations these coaches commit while they move on and do it again

  31. delashmit says: Nov 16, 2012 7:44 PM

    Good Question. Needs to be changed.

  32. poppajohn818 says: Nov 16, 2012 8:42 PM

    Why should the coach not take some form of punishment, or was his fault. He should not be allowed to screw up and run without penalty.

  33. sssjim7 says: Nov 16, 2012 9:11 PM

    I agree absolutely. The NCAA should ban guilty coaches from coaching for life. Any boosters found guilty of rules infractions should be banned from all NCAA football games for life.

    Leave the schools and innocent players alone. Punish the guilty hard, but limit the collateral damage.

    What ever happened to common sense?
    Just my .02

  34. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 16, 2012 9:14 PM

    Absolutely– a coach or coaches, staff member or members should carry the penalty with them if they transfer to another school. That may give some ADs pause about hiring scum like Kiffen. I am not a big letter writer, but I may do like southernpatriots does, and write Emmert and the NCAA and strongly suggest a rule change. This is certainly a rule change is greatly needed.

    delashmit: Just to let you know….”stairway” is a Paterno/Penn State apologist and is bitter that Penn State received any penalty for the horror that happened to children on their watch.

  35. omniusprime says: Nov 17, 2012 9:04 AM

    So funny that Kiffin bashers at pathetic Tennessee are getting their keisters kicked once again by the NCAA. I think these whining little crybabies deserve another kick in the pants by the NCAA. Tennessee is just a pathetic excuse for a football program in the trash SEC, maybe they should just stop wasting money fielding pathetic football teams for their pathetic crybaby fans.

  36. secucks says: Nov 17, 2012 9:22 AM

    CFT sensationalized headline to bring out the Kiffin haters. This was ancillary to the NCAA investigation previously conducted where Kiffin was not penalized. This involved an assistant coach NOT Kiffin. If the responses represent the Tennessee/SEC fan base, Kiffin was smart to run when he had the chance.

  37. eidolon21 says: Nov 17, 2012 11:04 AM

    The NCAA promoting a “Money First” culture

    Penalties are not based on violation of rules, they are based on how actions threaten the Big Money.

  38. baller2 says: Nov 17, 2012 11:07 AM

    The NCAA has it all wrong. Penalties should be assessed on Kiffin and USC, not Tennessee. Those players and coaches are paying for his lack of sports ethics. Why any of these institutions would re-hire guys like that is beyond me. He is a poor example for young men on so many levels. Disgusting

  39. florida727 says: Nov 17, 2012 11:24 AM

    I’m not saying this as a “Lane Kiffin hater”, I’m saying this generically: why don’t NCAA penalties follow the coach? If they want to ALSO apply to the school where the infractions took place, I’d have no problem with that, but it bothers me that a coach can move on to another program and leave all the dirt behind. To me, that’s just plain unfair. It gives the cheating coach/assistant/whoever an ‘easy out’, relatively speaking. If the sanctions followed them throughout their career, they might (emphasis on MIGHT) think twice about committing them, knowing that a prospective new employer would have to be willing to accept the baggage.

  40. delashmit says: Nov 17, 2012 11:29 AM

    As much as I dislike Kiffin being a Tennessee grad, what he did is nothing compared to what Sandusky did to those kids and the higher ups starting with Joe Pa covered up.

  41. florida727 says: Nov 17, 2012 11:33 AM

    “secucks”, by your screen name it’s obvious that you’re nothing but a conference hater, which means normally no one would bother to respond to your worthless, biased posts… but I will.

    I’ll do it in the form of a question though: are you stupid enough, or naive enough, or just plain learning impaired to think that an assistant would create that kind of relationship with an agent without the knowledge, if not outright blessing, of the head coach?

    If you answer this ‘yes’, then you’re delusional, and your credibility is even worse than I thought. Might explain the rash of thumbs-downs you’ve gotten (and as I write this, not a single thumbs-up; what does that tell you?).

  42. eidolon21 says: Nov 17, 2012 11:50 AM

    @ delashmit

    What does Kiffin Tennessee USC and his recruiting violations have to do with Joe Paterno

    haters got to hate I guess

  43. delashmit says: Nov 17, 2012 2:18 PM

    The assistant coaches did what Kiffin wanted them to do. They followed his lead. he was their Role Model. I find it interesting that Kiffin took most of his assistants to USC and they tried to take TN recruits also. One assistant who Kiffin did not take or want was s brother in law (Reaves — I forgot the 1st name). He was heavily involved in the infractions and went to a university in New Mexico. Kiffin did not want him. Probably makes for interesting and exciting family reunions.

  44. delashmit says: Nov 17, 2012 2:20 PM

    Cry me a river you big baby. We will put your tears in the Tennessee River and sell water to Atlanta who desperately needs it.

  45. eidolon21 says: Nov 17, 2012 4:33 PM

    not crying thats laughter at you

    lane kiffin and the NCAA are laughing at the Vols

  46. vincentbojackson says: Nov 17, 2012 11:09 PM

    Everything Kiffin touches turns to crap.

  47. vincentbojackson says: Nov 17, 2012 11:20 PM

    eidolon21 says:

    lane kiffin and the NCAA are laughing at the Vols


    Highly doubt Kiffin is laughing about anything tonight after taking a preseason #1 USC team and turning it into a laughing stock. The guy’s a greasy weasel.

  48. waynefontes says: Nov 18, 2012 5:52 AM

    Trojan fans, please tell us again about what a great coach Lane Kiffin is.

    Enjoy the Holiday Bowl! ^_^

  49. waynefontes says: Nov 18, 2012 5:56 AM

    eidolon21 says:
    Nov 17, 2012 4:33 PM
    not crying thats laughter at you

    lane kiffin and the NCAA are laughing at the Vols

    All of America is laughing at USC. Preseason #1..

    Not the best team in the country.
    Not the best team in their conference.
    Not the best team in their division.
    Not the best team in their state.
    Not the best team in their city.

    Trust me, more people are laughing at you.

    Fight On! All the way to the Holiday Bowl!

    At this rate, it may be the Poinsettia Bowl.

  50. woebegong says: Nov 18, 2012 9:46 AM

    Send USC to the Sun Bowl where they can play another dillusional team, like Georgia Tech. Just lay low, as stray bullets in El Paso are still a bit of a problem.
    The Lame Kitten era is now in full swing on the west coast.

  51. delashmit says: Nov 18, 2012 11:28 AM

    There were rumors before yesterdays game that Kiffin may be on the way out also.

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