Friday, November 16, 2012

Tennessee gets penalized by NCAA for Kiffin-era infractions.

The Lane Kiffin era at Tennessee lasted for one brief shining season, but the legacy of the former Vols/current USC head football coach lives on in the form of NCAA sanctions. To makes things worse for The Vols, the NCAA just decided to add on some new sanctions to go along with the pre-existing ones. Blame these on former Vols' defensive backs coach Mack Garza, who paid for a recruit's unofficial visit to the University of Tennessee campus back in 2009, then lied to the NCAA about it.

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"On Friday, the NCAA announced that additional penalties had been levied against Tennessee's football program stemming from a major infractions case involving former assistant coach Willie Mack Garza, who was on Kiffin’s staff at Tennessee during the 2009 season.

The additional penalties include a two-year addition of the probation levied during the 2011 infractions case, a reduction in the official visits from 51 to 47 during the 2012-13 academic year, a reduction in the evaluation days during the spring 2012 evaluation period (already completed) and the elimination of complimentary tickets for the first two conference games during the 2013 season for prospects making unofficial visits."

This is news that is obviously not good for current Tennessee HC Derek Dooley, or whoever the school finds to replace him with next season.

(via ESPN)