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