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Vols receive their notice from the NCAA

As expected, Tennessee received their official letter from the NCAA yesterday afternoon, outlining the alleged violations under Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin that were found in a 22-month investigation of the program.  As posted on their official site this morning, there are a number of allegations against the Vols’ baskestball coach, with the most damning appearing to be the lying by himself and two assistants to investigators and “acting contrary to the principles of ethical conduct”.  Ouch.  That’s not something you put on a resume.

Here is what the basketball team is being accused of doing:

*  Impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes resulting from a cumulative total of 96 impermissible phone calls over a 24-month period (Aug. 1, 2007 through July 29, 2009).

*  By the head men’s basketball coach: impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes during an unofficial visit, acting contrary to the principles of ethical conduct, failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of all assistant coaches within the men’s basketball program.

*  By the head men’s basketball coach and associate head coach: impermissible contact with a prospective student-athlete at his high school.

*  By the three members of the men’s basketball assistant coaching staff: failure to furnish full and complete information relevant to the investigation.

For the football team:

*  By former members of the football coaching staff: impermissible telephone contact (16 total calls) with prospective student-athletes from Jan. 3-9, 2010.

*  By a former head football coach: failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several assistant coaches have also been made against a former head football coach, and permitting a football recruiting intern to make impermissible contact with high school staff during a recruiting visit.

*  By a former assistant football coach: allegations relating to impermissible contacts with prospective student-athletes.

Tennessee now has until May 21 to submit a response to the allegations and the school will appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions June 10-11.  It’s going to be a fun summer to be a Vol.

NCAA Letter to Chancellor Jimmy Cheek
NCAA Notice of Allegations
Statement from Chancellor Jimmy Cheek
Statement from Athletic Director Mike Hamilton
Sttatement from Bruce Pearl

Article written by Thomas Beisner

39 Comments for Vols receive their notice from the NCAA



  1. macon_volfan
    11:26 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    The most frustrating thing about the football violations is that much of the Kiffin stuff happened as he was working on his USC contract!



  2. ihatetenn
    11:29 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    what do you know macon_volfan first to respond.



  3. ChicagoCat
    11:30 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    If I have to hear Pearl talk about how “severe” his punishments have been so far I’m going to puke. He still makes over $1mm a year (no small pittance) and has had the luxury to keep his job where virtually any other program in the country would have fired him already. I don’t remember this so correct me if I’m wrong, Tennessee didn’t self-limit future scholarships did they? By Pearl’s own admission not being on the sidelines for those first 8 SEC games “isn’t that big of a deal.”

    Shove it Pearl, I’m tired of your sob stories on ESPN.



  4. jdhuck
    11:31 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    I dislike UT and Pearl has shown us to be what we knew he was.
    Bruce Pearl vs the NCAA = UNC vs Duke to me.

    And yes, Lane Kiffin did not use any lube with UT.



  5. ChicagoCat
    11:32 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    1 – I agree its unfortunate, but the whole “Orange Crush” thing can’t be attributed to JUST those coaches. Sure they bear the brunt of the blame most likely, but the football program in general and the athletics department still promoted it. I expect the football punishment to be much less severe than basketball though, as it should.



  6. Slushpump
    11:33 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    After what the NCAA did or not do to UConn, UT and Pearl will not be punished to the extent to equal to their infractions. Seems that Sampson @ IU had a similar # of calls to prospects as Pearl(?).



  7. Cal Purnell here
    11:33 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    They Low Down , they Durrtty & they some snitches!



  8. soup sandwich
    11:36 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Tennessee Shame….feel it! Their trashy programs should be death penaltied for one year! Next….



  9. ChicagoCat
    11:37 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    6 – The major difference between this and UConn though is that Pearl and his assistants knowingly lied to investigators on numerous occasions. Add to that the fact that Pearl was cited for the same offense at UW-Milwaukee and it looks REALLY bad.



  10. Thomas Beisner
    11:42 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    6 – If I remember correctly, I think Sampson had 500+ calls.



  11. Romans
    11:45 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Crucify Pearl!



  12. BobTinKY
    11:49 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Karma… it’s a bi*ch… What comes around goes around, Brucey P.



  13. Paul Crewe's Bookie
    11:50 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    If Pearl gets fired, how’s he going to afford his trophy wife and his spray tan visits?

    But he’ll be fine I guess. In his mind, he’ll get fired, rise from the dead and ascend to Heaven in three days’ time.



  14. ihatetenn
    11:51 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    After Tennessee beat Vandy last night Pearl acted like he won the
    national championship it made me sick. shake hands and walk to the
    locker room. he acts like the whole world is against him and the
    program. blah blah blah



  15. Jesus Christ for President
    11:51 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Go ahead and fire this guy and get it over with. He’s killing the SEC with his cheating and his shady-ness. Give the job to someone honest and let’s clean up the conference.



  16. Mr Schwump
    11:53 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    If you think UT will be hammered you’re going to disappointed. They are the NCAA’s Golden Boy, their #1 snitch. Their penality, if at all, will be time served.



  17. macon_volfan
    11:53 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    #9-Pearl was cited for the overage of calls at UWM, indeed. But that and the junior BBQ is small fries compared to the lying. Tell the trust and they get a warming or perhaps , at most, a 1 year scholarship reduction and probation.

    I think if the NCAA went digging, they’d find that many coaches call or text over the limit (even if by 2 or so a month). Most don’t lie to the NCAA though. Sigh. I’ve heard that many of the texts/calls were to Selby after he decommitted–which was, of course, the doing of Coach Cal. So yep, it’s Cal’s fault. 😉 (that’s a joke, btw)



  18. WestWorld
    11:55 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    ditto # 7….



  19. What sucks is...
    11:56 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    So… now we have had 2 prominent BB programs get slapped with major violations in the last 3 weeks alone. Two ‘well respected’ HEAD coaches were named as being responsible parties to the violations. Yet many analysts, fans, and commentators wills still cling to the refrain that ‘Cal is a cheater’. To this day he has not been mentioned in any NCAA rulings as being involved in any kind of violations. To the contrary he was explicitly cleared of any responsibility in both of the NCAA reports that affected programs he was associated with.

    Whenever I hear ‘Cal is a cheater’, the standard response is now ‘No, Calhoun and Pearl are cheaters. Cal is clean until the NCAA tells me otherwise’.

    Bubba



  20. Blue Chip
    11:58 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Crazy that he still has a job, just crazy.



  21. BlueBloodToo
    12:03 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Dey lo down! Dey Dirty! Dey cheatin Bastards!



  22. Al's IndiCats
    12:04 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    UT might lose a few schollies, and with what they gave University of CONN-victs I see no real difference other than the lying. What I want is some justification for the uconn program. They gave imperprieties like a house gives candy at halloween. It was a proven fact uconn had an agent bringing in recruits and then setting them up with meals, rooms, and transportation and anything else. Like OSU, the punishment didn’t fit the crime. But let Forde or Thamel find one speck of dirt on Calipari or UK and it’ll look like an ocean liner wreck in the water with a school of sharks in a feeding frenzy. I have absolutly no confidence in the NCAA what so ever.



  23. Mr Schwump
    12:10 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    17, the old “everybody else does it” is not a defense that works.



  24. tangledupinblue
    12:17 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Maconvolfan , where do you stand on this issue ? Should Pearl stay/go . I would think the athletics director should take some REAL heat . Agree that kiffin screwed your eyes out . Hopefully he gets what coming to him at usc .



  25. Enes Kanter
    12:20 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    #6- You mean you expect the NCAA to provide consistent rulings for similar issues??



  26. Kanter Banter
    12:23 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    I love the way the AD issued a statement…Our institution has cooperated fully with the investigation since April 2009……………YES thats true except for the lying part! UT Basketball program will go down. Post season ban and loss of scholly’s and recruiting restrictions for sure…..then a couple coaches and Pearl are gonna get hit with some more suspensions. The NCAA has no choice if they are gonna hold any relevance.



  27. UT sucks
    12:27 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    If the AD at UT keeps his job, Barnhardt wouldnt have needed Todd’s help afterall because with the last two years of UT basketball and football, all the arrests, allegatons, and NCAA infractions, if the UT AD keeps his job then no one should EVER get fired.

    The only thing that really bothers me is Kiffen wont be punished at all, and he’s 66.6% (666-coincidence?) of the NCAA sanctions. Why does a school have to be punished for something the coach does? And that goes for Memphis too, even tho the never proved any wrong doing by Cal, Memphis is the one that took the heat



  28. Al's IndiCats
    12:28 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    This is what the NCAA SHOULD do, I know they won’t but
    If a coach is shown of improper controll over his/her sport, instead of throwing the university on probation put the coach probation.
    A) Fines levied for the first offense. 1 year probation from coaching anywhere!
    B) If the university reatains that coach, both the university and school be fined and probatation assessed accordingly.
    C) If the same coach is caught again cheating, ban him for 5 years, not allowing him/her to ever walk into a stadium or arena.
    Calhoun knew that his school wasn’t going to let him go and he’s going to appeal. I’ll bet a dollar to a donut he’ll win out, just because he is where he’s at now.



  29. UT sucks even more than Vandy
    12:33 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    will UK fans have this same opinion if Calipari ends up on the NCAA chopping block, or will you suddenly be “it wasnt UKs fault, it was Cals”? Or will you stand by your captain when the ship goes down? Dont be hypocritical UK fans, it can come back to haunt you.

    28. So youre saying right here and now if calipari gets caught in a recruiting violation, and when you recruit the best those things happen, that you support Calipari being under one-year coaching suspension?? I’ll be waiting your answer



  30. Blue Virus
    12:37 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    I think this sums it up nicely:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIrhVo1WA78



  31. ChicagoCat
    12:56 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    29 – Yes. If Cal in fact does violate major NCAA rules, he should be punished and so should the school. I won’t be happy about it sure, that’s human nature and UT fans shouldn’t be happy about it, but it is proper. Respondeat superior – A parent is liable for the actions of its employees.

    28 – I think the NCAA mentioned they will go after Kiffin at USC and give him personal consequences. Not sure if that will happen, but we’ll see. They don’t have the authority to fine him because he is not an NCAA employee. Only USC has that ability.



  32. macon_volfan
    1:11 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    #24-I don’t know, actually. I certainly don’t think the original violations are terrible, at all. They’re both secondary from what I understand. The lying gets me, though. If I’m the AD, I might have said, ‘see ya’ after he admitted to lying. Or I might have had a little sympathy because he admitted it. Not sure. It’s tough because he does win, he has a good rapport with the fan base and does a lot of great work in the community. If BCG had any of those things, he may have been able to weather the storm of his first 2 years.

    So, I can’t answer your question right now, #24. I hope that Pearl will make an appropriate decision if faced with a ban so I won’t have to pick a side to be on.



  33. jaybruce
    2:07 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    I know the NCAA wont view it as such, but the big issue for me is that he not only asked these kids to lie, but later on called to stiff arm the family into keeping the lie going. I realize its an issue for the NCAA but they’ll probably think that him lying to them was the bigger issue, but from a 3rd person perspective asking the kids to lie, and then basically threatening them to withhold information after the fact is a far more serious offense from my point of view.

    Anyways anyone else find it humorous he was also cited for impermissable contact with a recruit the week after he “came public” with his faults?



  34. TrueBlueFan4Ever
    3:01 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Wow!! Go Blue!! Let’s hope this RUINS their chance at anything good for 2011…!!!



  35. Danzigman
    3:16 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    SPELL CHECK!!!!!



  36. NCAA probation
    3:55 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    #29 the ky. fans will never have a problem with Cal doing that because they have been cheating for years and it is second nature…



  37. Han
    5:44 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t help but notice that “failure to furnish full and complete information relevant to the investigation.” doesn’t actually reference the intentional attempt to mislead/lying that Pearl did when questioned. There’s a difference between not furnishing complete info and lying when directly questioned, which he did.

    (Yes, most coaches caught cheating deny it, but it doesn’t make it less of a transgression.)



  38. Han
    5:52 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    29) Personally, as for this Cat fan, if Cal is proven to have cheated or allowed cheating, I will accept the resulting probation/penalties, which will, fair or not, be more severe than those that would be leveled against many other schools. You might say that’s because we have a history of cheating, but it’s more because of the reputation than actual transgressions.

    If the violations are severe/major, I will be on the “Dismiss Cal” side, most likely.

    Fortunately, our compliance office is up to the task. But if someone’s cheating (and Cal would have to be the biggest idiot, or have an even larger ego than he pretends to in public to try here at UK), UK will take their lumps and move on. Unlike many programs, losing a good coach, a good recruiter, or a popular coach doesn’t end our program. It sets you back, but it’s not the end.



  39. see it for what it is
    6:10 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    UT basketball get a Uconn-ish slap on the wrist, UT football gets hit harder. Not a Vol fan but Kiffen, damn what can u say about that douche ? He had no respect for UT football, just a jerk.