Lane Kiffin has had a hand in the recruitment of some very high profile running backs during his coaching career. While at U.S.C he was instrumental in landing current N.F.L star Reggie Bush, and more recently he wooed Bryce Brown to the University of Tennessee.
Both were highly publicized backs. Both were ranked the No. 1-rated running back coming out of high school by many recruiting sites, and both have immense talent to say the least.
Both, however, came with baggage.
In 2006, Bush was investigated by the NCAA and the Pac-10 to determine whether rules were broken when his family was allowed to live in a San Diego home owned by Michael Michaels, a principal owner of New Era Sports and Entertainment.
Bush’s family lived in the suburban home during his enrollment at U.S.C.
Needless to say, the NCAA prohibits student athletes and their families from receiving any extra benefits from agents and/or their representatives.
At the time of this article, no ruling has come down from the NCAA on Bush’s case.
Keep in mind this investigation started three years ago.
Bryce Brown was investigated earlier this week for implications that he may have received free or discounted training, and may have been allowed to participate in camps which were paid for with monies collected from fundraisers his sophomore year in high school.
The NCAA has already passed its ruling on Brown, and though the University of Tennessee has not issued a statement as to what the ruling is, they have stated that they are in the midst of appealing it.
Sources familiar with the situation speculate that the sentence could include some type of restitution and/or a suspension, likely in the neighborhood of one or two games.
Kiffin must think it a bit humorous at how quickly the ruling came for Brown, who has yet to take a snap for Tennessee, when Bush is entering his fourth year in the N.F.L. and his investigation is all but forgotten.
In taking over head coaching responsibilities for the Tennessee Volunteers, Lane Kiffin has gone from the beaches on the west coast to the mountains on the east coast. He has turned in his pass to the red carpet of L.A. for the orange carpet of the Vol Walk.
He has also found that unless you are winning National Championships, the NCAA is “quick to pass judgement.”
Isn’t that the definition of bias anyway?