Lane Kiffin penalties continue: Tennessee recruiting dinged by NCAA

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

It seems that Kiffin's tenure at Tennessee is the gift that keeps on taking, as the Vols will face some more penalties for serious infractions committed by one of the coach's assistants.

The Tennessee Volunteers football team announced Friday that they will face additional penalties from the NCAA after former Vols and USC Trojans assistant Willie Mack Garza was busted for serious recruiting infractions, as well as for lying to the NCAA about it.

The Tennessee athletic department announced that the penalties include:

a two-year extension of the probation issued during the 2011 infractions case, a reduction in official visits for the 2012-13 academic year from 51 to 47, a reduction in evaluation days during the spring 2012 evaluation period (already completed), and during unofficial visits during the fall of 2013, no complimentary tickets may be provided to prospective student-athletes for the first two conference games of the season.

Garza, who recently resigned at USC for "personal reasons", was implicated for bankrolling an unofficial visit to Tennessee for a recruit, and then lied to the NCAA about the matter. Tennessee and the NCAA didn't reach agreement on an appropriate penalty, meaning the NCAA independently decided the punishment in a penalty hearing.

The new penalties are just the latest in a string of woes for the Vols, who were on probation already due to violations committed by former basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his staff. In a statement, athletic director Dave Hart said he was disappointed with the ruling, but he was happy that the Vols "will finally close the chapter on the prior actions of members of a previous football coaching staff."


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