Posted: 2:19 pm Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Jeremy Foley responds to Kiffin’s accusation of cheating 

By Post Staff

Well now. This certainly turned into an interesting Thursday.

It began in the morning with Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin calling out Urban Meyer and accusing him of cheating last weekend in regards to recruit Nu’Keese Richardson. Kiffin said Meyer committed a violation by contacting Richardson during a visit to Knoxville, which Kiffin said is a no-no.

At 2:15 p.m., the Gators sent out a response from athletic director Jeremy Foley. Turns out, Meyer did nothing wrong. And Foley doesn’t hold back.

“There was no rule violation and we have confirmed this with Southeastern Conference. It is obvious that Coach Kiffin doesn’t know that there is not a rule precluding phone contact with a prospect during an official visit on another campus during a contact period. His allegations are inappropriate, out of line and, most importantly, totally false. It is completely unfair to Urban Meyer, our coaching staff, our football program and our institution. The appropriate action
at this time in my opinion is for Coach Kiffin to make a public apology. His comments not only slandered our coach, but he violated SEC rules by publicly criticizing another coach and institution.”

The Vols come to Gainesville on Sept. 19 — just 226 days away, for those counting at home.