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Just got this release from UT...
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions announced today additional penalties for the University of Tennessee related to a major infractions case involving Willie Mack Garza, an assistant coach on the staff of head coach Lane Kiffin, during the 2009 season.
These penalties include a two-year extension of the probation issued during the 2011 infractions case, a reduction in official visits for the 2012-13 academic year from 51 to 47, a reduction in evaluation days during the spring 2012 evaluation period (already completed), and during unofficial visits during the fall of 2013, no complimentary tickets may be provided to prospective student-athletes for the first two conference games of the season.
The University met with the Committee on Infractions on October 13 for an expedited penalty hearing on an agreed upon summary disposition report submitted in June of 2012. The facts of the case, that Garza funded a prospect's unofficial visit to the University in 2009 and subsequently lied to the Enforcement staff when interviewed as an employee of the University of Southern California, were not in dispute. Resolution between the Committee on Infractions and the University of Tennessee regarding the penalties could not be reached and an expedited penalty hearing was held.
"We will finally close the chapter on the prior actions of members of a previous football coaching staff," said Dave Hart, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. "We have significantly strengthened our culture of compliance at Tennessee and will continue to do so. We disagree with additional penalties for a matter we believed should have been part of the previous case. We will now move forward."
At issue in the penalty hearing was whether the penalty in the 2011 case would have substantially differed had the facts of this case been known at that time, whether the University should be punished for unethical conduct by a former staff member working at another institution and whether the penalties were grounded in precedent and substantially related to the violation committed. The Committee on Infractions made it clear that they are establishing new precedent with this case and others moving forward.
"The University of Tennessee worked in full cooperation with the NCAA throughout this process," said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. "We were disappointed with the initial penalties and appealed on two occasions, in writing and at the hearing in Florida. Although we disagree with the additional penalties, we accept the decision of the Committee. I am proud of the stronger compliance structure we have instituted at the University of Tennessee."
In the facts agreed upon by the University, the NCAA and Garza, during the summer of 2009, Garza reimbursed Will Lyles, an individual associated with prospect Lache Seastrunk, for airfare and hotel expenses associated with an unofficial visit for Seastrunk and his mother to the University. Because Lyles arranged the trip for Seastrunk, the NCAA classified him as a booster of the University.
This visit took place two months prior to the permissible time period for prospects to make expense paid visits to the University. In August 2010, while employed at the University of Southern California, Garza was interviewed by the NCAA Enforcement Staff and failed to disclose information concerning the impermissible visit. In a subsequent interview with the Enforcement Staff conducted in August 2011, Garza denied knowledge of these activities until presented with objective proof of the financial transfer, at which time Garza admitted his role in the matter. Garza was an employee at the University of Tennessee from January 16, 2009, to January 21, 2010.
This post was edited by Wes Rucker 17 months ago
Senior Writer, govols247
I'll hang up and listen.
I'm so glad that whole staff is gone
Didn't even realize this was still going on. So when does probation end now?
There are several on here who wants Kiffin back. TN athletics cannot catch a break right now. Ugggh.
Total BS!!! Why is this penalty just now being enforced....the NCAA is a bully, IMO, that has its favorites....
UT Alum 2005. Season Ticket Holder. Bleed Orange. Go VOLS!
Fantastic. Glad that the Kiffin hire is still biting us 3 years later.
Can't catch a break...
"Some men just want to watch the world burn."
Looking back, it's almost like he did all of this on purpose...
So Kiffin and Garza receive no penalty???? Am I reading that correctly?
I was getting to the point where my hatred of Kiffin was down to a mild dislike. Back to hating him. Hope he loses his job at USC too.
He did do it on purpose, to make Tennessee more talented than the team he got when he was hired
Lane Kiffin is like HPV, just when you think its controlled, BOOM another case of worts...so I've heard.
I wish that guy would get fired and never get to coach again.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
Well, there is the fact that Wille Mack lost his job at USC, presumably over this - I don't think he's working anywhere as a coach now. Does appear that Kiffin is off scot-free. But at least he's in a good position to be selling insurance soon himself, if he doesn't start winning some games.
This post was edited by winchestervol63 17 months ago
This is complete horse . At this point I would probably turn into one of those embarrassing fans if I ever saw Kiffin in person and unleash a tongue lashing of fury on him. I would call him and his family every name in the book if I ever had the chance. The man is simply a joke of a human being and it astonishes me more everyday that the man is actually employed in his profession. And don't get me started on the NCAA. They punish us 3 years after the fact for something that a coach lied about while being interviewed as an employee of another university and then punish not one, but two different coaching staffs (whoever replaces Dooley) and an AD that wasn't even employed here while the investigations were being conducted????? Hey NCAA, what's going to happen to Kiffin or Willie Mack regarding this incident? I guess they'll get off scott-free since they no longer work here huh? GTFO with that garbage. What a pathetic excuse for an organization. Kiffin and the NCAA are kindered spirirts. Both extremely in the head.
That seems to be a more likely scenario everyday. Would be interesting to see what happens to that class. Can't stand Kiffen, but have to admit, he recruited a monster class this year. It seems like his classes never live up to expectations though. Is it coaching once they are on the team, or bad character evaluations? I don't know, but we saw what happened with his one so called good recruiting class here!
Trample the Weak-Hurdle the Dead
I wonder what warrants one of those "show cause" penalties according to the NCAA and their, apparently, loose definitions. Seems like Kiffin has done plenty enough to earn one.
Here is the thing is WTF how has Oregon not been hammered over Lyles but we have? Makes no sense to me.
Cash and burner phones help allot. Maybe Oregon was smarter than us .
I think it was Wes that always preached, 1) cash 2) burner phones. I could be wrong though.
This post was edited by RunVol2 17 months ago
They have the records of Oregon paying him 25k 2 years in a row.
Like an episode of The Wire. Somebody send Omar to visit Kiffin for a little justice.
Well, then. Typical. NCAA not being fair.
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