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Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

Posted on: July 22, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 5:27 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Given the craziness breaking out in Columbus, Tennessee picked an awfully nice time to make a little announcement of their own: the Volunteers are self-imposing two years' worth of probation following violations committed under Lane Kiffin and former men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions could still set stiffer penalties at their meeting with the Vols, a meeting that at this time remains unscheduled but which should occur in the next eight weeks. But the university feels "the penalties imposed during the course of its investigation, coupled with its corrective measures, adequately address the violations that occurred."

Besides the probation, the school also imposed some minor recruiting restrictions on Derek Dooley's (as well as new hoops coach Cuonzo Martin's) staff. Their 168 "recruiting days" for the spring 2011 evaluation period were cut to 162, and only five members of Dooley's 10-member staff are allowed to make telephone calls to recruits on Nov. 1 of this year, the first day of the "recruiting "contact period."

The penalties come in addition to a number of other penalties issued by Tennessee compliance earlier this year. As the story from the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports:
As noted in the response [to the NCAA], all individuals associated with the violations, with the exception of football Director of Player Personnel Steve Rubio, are no longer employed by the university. That includes former athletic director Mike Hamilton, who resigned days before the June hearing, and former men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his three assistants, who all collectively misled NCAA investigators during June 2010 interviews.
The NCAA may slap on another year of probation or offer a few more (more substantial) recruiting restrictions. But unless another violation is uncovered during the two-year probation period, the worst for Tennessee athletics is now probably over.


Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:24 am

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

Ebonyrod2, you are a freakin idiot and your analogy between the president and UT only proves that you should find the highest bridge, within walking distance, climb to the top, and jump.  Or maybe videotape yourself simulating Frogger except you be the frog.  I agree that Tennessee coaches made some mistakes and the university sure isnt getting off without punishment, but to say that Dooley and Martin should pay for what Kiffin and Pearl did is absolutely ignorant.  I think penalties should follow coaches wherever they go, as they are the one's who are making the decision to lie and cheat.  Sure it happens everywhere, but until something is done to give these kids a little cash in their pockets, there will be nothing but more of what you see headlining todays papers, and sports sites. Its bulldonkey, but it is what it is.  GO VOLS! And Ebonyrod, stick that rod of yours where bubba has been living for the past few yrs.  In your bunghole. Gypsy

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:15 am

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

I applaud your sense of the "self-esteem league" that seems to dominate these boards.  They are special, aren't they?

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:38 pm

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

ebonyrod you really dont ahve anything to say about anyone other than usc. you troll all the boards leaving negatvity like it is your right and duty.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 4:55 pm

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

Too little, too late!!!  UT got caught and then tries to play all bravado about punikshing themselves...give me a freaking break!  GO GATORS...

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 4:22 pm

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

I see that Tennessee and President Obama has a lot in common. President is still blaming former President George Bush for all that has happened to him while he had been president and Tennessee is still blaming Lane Kiffin f or their short falls.

This is getting to be old hat, Kiffen has been gone from Tennessee for a whole season and former President Bush left the presidency almost 3 years ago.

When will these two step up and be men and stop blaming the guys that left and are no longer there. This is what men do take responsibility for their own action.

Blaming someone for a couple of months might be ok, but long after they have gone. The blame game is over, move on with the program.

Mr Obama should move on with whatever agenda he has or want to have. Does anyone really know what is agenda is?

Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 6:52 am

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

you call that self imposing a probation. Hell Oklahoma kicked there player off the team for what he did, that's a self imposed act.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:19 am

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

Lane Kiffin can go to hell 
Isn't coaching @ USC hell? Cool

Seriously, I can't believe he's long for USC now that Pat Haden is there. I hate the Trojans with a Greek passion, but Haden is a man with standards and character. It's just a matter of time before he fires him and brings in Jack Del Rio to coach. In fact, when Jack gets fired after the 2011 season, it will probably happen.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2011 7:42 pm

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

The most disturbing thing about this, to me, is that Kiffin was only at Tennessee for one year.

If I were a Trojan fan, that would make me very nervous.

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:31 pm

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

Ut is playing the same cards as osu,,FIRE the coaches  and hope the problem goes away..For OSU it worked because of revenue money and exposure..UT has the same big money..Football violations were pretty minor; so we will be alright there..Despite firing pearl and AD the BB team will proabably get hammered..Doesn't matter though cause the talent isn't there

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:13 pm

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

sec people we are commiting that most holy of sins...talking bad about a fellow sec member. remember when one of the sec wins the nc we all brag like we did to.

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