USC's Lane Kiffin in Hot Water With the NCAA

Paul PeszkoSenior Writer IFebruary 2, 2011

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Coach Lane Kiffin of the Tennessee Volunteers watches pre-game warmups before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Hokies beat the Volunteers 37-14.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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I was having a pleasant afternoon looking over the fantastic list of recruits that have committed to USC today on National Signing Day.  

Then I read a story on Fan House that really put a damper on everything.

Sorry to spoil your day, USC fans, but that storm cloud that was Lane Kiffin’s one year as head coach at the University of Tennessee is about to burst. Fan House is reporting that the NCAA is ready to hit the University of Tennessee, Lane Kiffin and his brother-in-law, David Reaves, the former assistant quarterbacks coach of the Vols.

The NCAA is citing Tennessee, Kiffin and Reaves for failure to monitor.

Clay Travis, senior NCAA writer for Fan House, reports:

“In its investigation, the NCAA has determined that Reaves, then an assistant coach at Tennessee, made improper contact with recruits as well as providing 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.

“The hostesses were also urged to inquire as to how official visits to other schools went and to make sure that recruits remained committed to the Vols. According to the NCAA these contacts were improper and amounted to a failure to monitor on the part of the football program.”

A failure to monitor violation could place both Kiffin and Reaves, now an assistant coach at New Mexico, under a "show cause" penalty that would restrict their contact with recruits and limit them to on-campus recruiting only.

The two coaches and the University of Tennessee will have 90 days to respond to the alleged violations once they are received. According to Travis, the NCAA has scheduled a hearing for this summer.

How do I think it will end for USC?

I think Lane Kiffin’s response will be rejected and he will receive a "show-cause" penalty.  At that point, I believe he will go the same route as former Trojan assistant Todd McNair and file a lawsuit against the NCAA.

But just when you thought the coast was clear, like it or not, here they come again. 

Relax, fans. In Pat Haden we trust.