The end of the investigation into NCAA violations at Tennessee is almost wrapped up after the infractions committee met Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin on Saturday. The two spent a combined nine hours in front of the committee during a closed-door meeting that's one of the last stages of an investigation into numerous major violations.
Kiffin spent four hours in front of the board, and was glad the hearing was over as he recalled the three-day hearing during the USC investigation.
"It's a very thorough process and I'm glad it's over," Kiffin said before leaving the downtown Indianapolis hotel for a football camp at Southern Cal. "It was a lot shorter than the last one I sat through, three days of USC's, and I'm happy it's over."
Kiffin and Pearl are each facing charges stemming from impermissible phone calls to recruits. Kiffin, now at USC, is also facing a failure to monitor charge on top of the recruiting violations. The Volunteers have also been charged with a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, a blanket charge resulting from the numerous violations allegedly committed at Tennessee.
A ruling on the charges is expected within eight to 12 weeks.