Tennessee Football: NCAA Gets Lane Kiffin Decision Right – No Sanctions

Bill NCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2011

Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images
Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, USC head coach Lane Kiffin will not receive NCAA sanctions for alleged major violations at the University of Tennessee during 14 months as head coach of the Volunteers.

The Sentinel stated:

“The two major violations levied against the football program were found to be secondary violations and no further penalties were levied against the UT program, former coach Lane Kiffin or former assistant David Reaves.”

The NCAA findings will be made public on Wednesday. Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl will not be so lucky. He will receive a multi-year show-cause penalty from the COI.

Tennessee blamed all the football violations on Kiffin to avoid university responsibility. This worked but the NCAA investigators erred in believing there were two major violations.

While Kiffin took a lot of heat for six secondary violations in his 14 months at Tennessee, this compares favorably with the 16 secondary violations by Nick Saban’s Alabama in two years and the 375 secondary violations by Ohio State over a nine-year period in 17 sports.

The NCAA was criticized for these charges against Kiffin by some media.

Apparently they listened, or at least used common sense this time.

P.S. Here is the NCAA report on Tennessee.