Lane Kiffin, Tennessee In NCAA Investigation Hot Water, According To Report

The saga of Lane Kiffin and his year-long stopover in Knoxville apparently isn't over quite as quickly as we thought. Clay Travis of AOL Fanhouse is reporting that "multiple sources" are saying Kiffin, Tennessee and former Vols quarterback coach (and Kiffin brother-in-law) David Reaves are about to get hit by the NCAA for their roles in a far-ranging, systemic effort to break the Association's rules on contact with players.

Kiffin's efforts at Tennessee -- where he repeatedly committed secondary violations notable for their audaciousness but not their numbers -- had already led fans of rival SEC fans to see the football team in Knoxville as something of a rogue program. While the details are still somewhat sketchy, Travis' report suggests that the NCAA will largely agree.

All of these charges stem from the coaches' tumultuous one-year reign in Knoxville and involve improper contact with recruits. While the university's Orange Pride program -- a group that was disbanded in 2010 in the wake of the NCAA investigation into its activities -- has received most of the media attention, the NCAA's investigation into improper contacts was much more wide- ranging and includes alleged violations that do not implicate the hostess program at all.

The Orange Pride were a group of "hostesses" that took a curiously intense interest in the lives of highly-regarded Vols recruits. The NCAA has apparently found evidence that, shockingly, contacts between members of the Orange Pride and recruits were not their idea, but were instead largely orchestrated by Reaves.

The fallout from all of this remains unclear. A lawyer quoted by Travis suggests that the "failure to monitor" charge, while not the dreaded "lack of institutional control," is still generally a major violation. Tennessee's basketball program is also under NCAA investigation for the actions of head coach Bruce Pearl. And Kiffin's current school, USC, is under enough scrutiny for Reggie Bush-era violations without the new head coach facing the consequences of wrongdoing from his old job. No matter how much they might love or hate each other, Kiffin and Tennessee will see their fates intertwined for a few more months at least.

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