Posted: 2:11 pm Sunday, June 7th, 2009
By Post Staff
Even when Lane Kiffin goes out of his way to put a positive PR message out to the public, he can’t help but trip over his own feet.
In case you missed it, Kiffin was the subject of a report this morning on ESPN’s Outside The Lines. He invited the cameras into his football complex and his home, to show a different side of the man who set a blowtorch to SEC decorum in his first three months on the job.
Yet Kiffin still found a way to get himself in trouble. One segment of the video shows Kiffin and another coach hosting two recruits in Kiffin’s office and engaging in basic conversation. And as ESPN’s Bob Ley first pointed out on air, Kiffin likely committed a secondary violation, because the media are not allowed to be present during recruiting visits.
NCAA bylaw 13.10.1
Presence of Media during Recruiting Contact.
A member institution shall not permit a media entity to be present during any recruiting contact made by an institution’s coaching staff member. Violations of this bylaw do not affect a prospective student-athlete’s eligibility and are considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1. (Adopted: 1/9/96, Revised: 1/14/97).
Tennessee has already self-reported five secondary violations since Kiffin arrived. The consequences are usually not serious for secondary violations, but the amount of violations committed by Tennessee could be taken as a disregard for NCAA rules. Kiffin claims he’s learning as he goes, but it’s important to note that he was previously the recruiting coordinator at Southern Cal during the Reggie Bush/Matt Leinart years.
Florida coach Urban Meyer declined to be interviewed for the piece, but Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll did speak up for Kiffin. And the Oakland Raiders, who have waged their own public relations war against their former coach, sent ESPN possibly the funniest team statement of all time:
“Lane Kiffin is a flat-out liar. He lied to the team, he lied to the fans and he lied to the media. He will try to destroy that university like he tried to destroy the Raiders and will eventually clash with (Pat) Summitt and (Bruce) Pearl.”
“Other than that, the Raiders can say nothing further.”
Check out the video for yourself.