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Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation

Posted on: July 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 8:21 pm
By Matt Norlander

Tennessee has given its response to the NCAA, and that response is two years of probation for its football and basketball programs.

The Knoxville News-Sentintel broke the news Friday afternoon.

The school had 90 days to respond to the NCAA after the two met in Indianapolis, when the Committee on Infractions essentially scolded the university for its outside-the-rules behavior in the past couple of years. The question becomes, is this going to be enough? The NCAA still has to deliver its final ruling sometime later this summer/in the fall, and that could come with more punishments.

With nearly everyone associated with the Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin eras no longer affiliated with Tennessee, we'll see if that actually happens, though. There has been a cleansing, so how much do those in the current positions now deserve to be hit for the sins of previous castle-dwellers?

"Sadly, this became a case of a head coach and his assistants following a somewhat correctable secondary violation with a series of bad decisions," the school's response to the NCAA states, per the News-Sentinel. "Those decisions put a proud and reputable program in substantial jeopardy and eventually led to the termination of employment of the four coaches, each of whom had a promising future at the University."

Aside from the tame, patented self-probation tag, Tennessee basketball's only other stipulation for the upcoming year? The coaches can't provide "off-campus meals during the 2011-12 academic year," per the report. Hardly a hurdle to overcome. Not that it's good or bad -- just what it is.

And when you see how the NCAA really let Ohio State off Friday afternoon for what happened under Jim Tressel, the trend points toward Tennessee not receiving any additional blows later this year.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:44 pm

Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation


I'm not real sure what you're upset with kloutiger about.  He didn't even say anything bad about UT.   The only thing he said was, "I believe that these things spell trouble for UT.  I believe that severe penalties are in the works.  Also, let's not forget that UT has two sports under investigation, not just football."  You're getting uptight because your VOLS are about to get spanked by the NCAA.  Hey it sucks....... but hang on to your seat because it's coming.   The NCAA is about to make an example out of someone......

And kloutiger is right.   Pastner is got to be the cleanest Coach in the country.  That guys is straight as a board.  No drinking, no cussing, does everything by the book.  Maybe Cuonzo will be half as clean.  At least that will be a step up from what you had. 

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:55 pm

Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation

Calipari?  You mean UK's coach  ? 
When you can find anyone who has any kind of info on Pastner being dirty, I'll listen.  But until, rant all you want about Calipari.  I have no defense.  And I don't even disagree with you.  But, Pastner is clean.  He lives clean, he coaches clean, he keeps his word even if it causes friction.  In two years as a head coach he has been consistent.  Find an inconsistancy, find one small indication that he places W's over integrity and I will listen to you.  Until then....find some way to defend Pearl lying to the NCAA.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:17 pm

Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation

Based on whats going to happen for TUOS foir what they did...Its way to harsh!

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:32 am

Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation

Unfortunately, this too little WAY too late for it to do the University any good w/ the NCAA.  I believe the new AD and the attorneys have finally seen that the NCAA is going to take a hard-line w/ the Athletics Dept and that UT didn't make any real effort to "self-punish" until they were already on a proverbial deaths-row.  I imagine those sitting on the Infractions Comittee got the notice of the two-year probation and either sighed or giggled.  Put on your parachute pants UT; it's Hammer-Time.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:20 pm

Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation

There needs to be some accountability when you hire people such as Lane Kiffen and Bruce Pearl.  That Tennessee finds itself in hot water should surprise no one, least of all the AD.  Pearl, by virtue of being caught red handed lying in an attempt to cover up has no excuses.  Kiffen couldn't play by the rules if he was allowed to make them up himself.

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:56 am

Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation


Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:57 am

Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation

kloutiger-  Let's not forget, however, that intense multiyear scrutiny of the Tennessee athletic department did NOT reveal a systemic lack of institutional control and in fact confirmed that Pearl & Kiffin individually acted improperly in contravention of NCAA standards AND the direction of UT's athletic administration.  So there's some reason to believe the NCAA may visit more of the punishment on those individuals than the institution.  Other than Pearl's inexplicably stupid lack of candor with the NCAA, Tennessee basically had a bunch of secondary-type violations that the NCAA decided to aggregate into major violations.  The main difference you failed to mention is that Tennessee really didn't gain any competitive advantage in actual competitions from the alleged infractions, unlike the Buckeyes.  No ineligible players participated like at Ohio State & UT didn't even end up getting 2 of the 3 players that attended the ill-fated BBQ.  Apparently BBQ sandwiches aren't as enticing as the bags of cash that other programs pretty obviously deal in.  The other kid barely played in his 1 season on campus so far.  At some point, the absence (Kiffin) & firing (Pearl) of the coach & the punishments that presumably will follow those individuals are more appropriate remedies than hammering an institution that tried to exert proper control but which efforts were thwarted by the bad acts of free-willed individuals.  And I have a hard time understanding how you can say Tressell "wasn't at fault" ... I'm pretty sure he was "at fault" or he wouldn't have "retired" in disgrace.

I'm not sure what sort of Tiger you may be, but if it's Auburn (Scam Newton) or LSU (Pat P. & Willie), you'd probably better be worrying about your own dirty laundry, not Tennessee's "major secondaries."  If you're a Memphis State tiger, let's talk about FredEx & AutoZone buying Cal's & Pastner's players for them.  I'm more interested in the blatant pay-for-play schemes going on than a bunch of ticky-tack secondaries that get trumped up into majors because one guy panics & tells the most pointless lie of all time.

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:35 pm

Tennessee gives itself 2 years' probation

The major differences between UT and Ohio St are the coaches at UT were at fault as opposed to the players and Pearl lied to the NCAA when they asked him direct questions.  I believe that these things spell trouble for UT.  I believe that severe penalties are in the works.  Also, let's not forget that UT has two sports under investigation, not just football.

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