Both Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin committed recruiting violations and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance to rules, the NCAA charges after a 22-month investigation.
The NCAA notified Tennessee of a dozen rules violations by the coaches, their assistants and the university itself in a letter released by the school on Wednesday. Kiffin, now at Southern California, received a separate notice of the allegations against him.
The university has until May 21 to respond, and a final decision on any sanctions likely would come several weeks after that.
NO PAY FOR PLAY
NCAA president Mark Emmert said there will be no debate about paying players on his watch. “They are student-athletes. They ... don’t work for us,” said Emmert, a Fife native and former UW president.