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Lesson from the NCAA Notice of Allegations to Tennessee: Proactive Monitoring Must Take Center Stage

The NCAA enforcement staff issued a notice of allegations on February 21, 2011, against the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT). The NCAA staff accused UT head men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and other basketball coaches of making 96 impermissible phone calls to 12 prospective student-athletes or relatives of prospects between August 1, 2007, and July 29, 2009. Further, former UT head football coach Lane Kiffin (who is now the head football coach at the University of Southern California (USC)) and assistant coaches are alleged to have placed improper phone calls to prospects although UT administrators had warned the coaches against making such calls. In fact, the notice of allegations contends Kiffin made impermissible phone calls to prospects during the January 3-9, 2010 period—ironically, which occurred days before the coach departed UT for USC. Finally, the NCAA staff charged UT with a failure to monitor the men’s basketball coaching staff’s telephone contacts. A reasonable reading of the notice of allegations indicates UT did not do enough to fulfill the new mandate of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions (articulated in its decisions in the University of Connecticut (2011) and USC (2010) infractions cases) for colleges and universities to “proactively” monitor athletically-related activities. [Sources: University of Tennessee website; Associated Press reports.]


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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