Slive is talking to you Kiffin and Chizik

Attention Lane Kiffin and Gene Chizik! Secondary violations matter.

The spin coming out of Knoxville and Auburn over the last few months was all about how secondary recruiting violations don’t matter. Someone disagrees with that. His name is Mike Slive.

“We understand the perception that we’ve read about that a coach may make a risk/reward analysis with regard to secondary violations, especially in recruiting,” Slive said. “In doing this, a coach would decide to take the risk of committing a violation because of the perceived reward of increased leverage with a prospect makes the risk seem worthwhile.

“As we told our coaches earlier this week in our SEC new coaches orientation program, any time any time they commit a secondary violation, they place themselves, their program, and the institution and the prospect at risk. The risk may be lost recruiting opportunities, lost ability to interact with prospects, and additional scrutiny for themselves and their program.”

Lest anyone mistake this for tough talk, there is a serious level of enforcement for minor violations.

“To help you understand the treatment of secondary violations by the SEC, the following represent some of the actions taken in response to secondary violations. An entire coaching staff has lost the ability to make recruiting telephone calls for an extended period of time,” Slive said. “Coaches have been prevented from participating in all off campus recruiting activities. Institutions have been prevented from having any recruiting contact with prospects for an extended period of time. And teams have lost practice opportunities.”

Everyone knows secondary violations happen at all programs, but some teams have embraced the concept. Does anyone remember a pep rally at Auburn? Violations like that weren’t accidents. When you invite the media, it shows intent.

And Slive addressed that.

“Included in the manual is a definition of secondary violations which states that a secondary violation is, and I quote, isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive, or other advantage, and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit,” Slive said.

And he said more, “A key aspect of our review of ‘secondarys’ is to determine if there’s a pattern beginning to emerge at an institution, within a sport or around a particular individual, be it coach, administrator or prospect. When trends are detected, the penalties and corrective actions become more severe.”

Get that Tennessee fans? Kiffin might want to obey the rules before the conference hammers him. What about that Auburn fans? Still feel so good about those intentional secondary violations?

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SEC Commissioner Mike Slive’s remarks are available at SECSports.com.