Tennessee placed burden on Kiffin in response to allegations

When Lane Kiffin was hired as Phillip Fulmer's replacement at Tennessee in 2008, the school's compliance department made a point to "fully educate the [coaching] staff on all aspects of NCAA rules," according to UT's 190-page response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations that the university received in February. The school felt that the education was necessary because many of the coaches coming to Knoxville with Kiffin acquired most of their experience at the NFL level.

Lane KiffinICONHe may no longer be in Knoxville, but Lane Kiffin remains in the news at Tennessee.

When Tennessee filed its response to the NCAA on May 20, the school highlighted that education to make sure Kiffin and members of his staff at UT would have to bear the responsibility for the two major violations facing the Vols' football program.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, UT's compliance office provided the coaching staff with "no fewer than 135 rules-education items," which included everything from in-person meetings to emails to monthly newsletters.

Kiffin faces a charge of failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the program and failing to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several of his assistants. During the NCAA investigation, Kiffin was found to have made impermissible phone calls as well as bringing a recruiting intern with him on a trip to a Florida high school.

In all, the university faces 12 major violations that were found during a 21-month investigation. The school has already self-imposed two years of probation and various recruiting restrictions in football and men's basketball while it awaits a ruling from the Committee on Infractions.

Despite now being the head coach at USC, Kiffin could still face penalties because of the case at Tennessee, including the possibility of missing time on the sideline with the Trojans.

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