The NCAA thinks it is just fine to use hostesses to entice recruits. In fact, coaches can even pay for hostesses to travel to high school games to recruit—after all, this is only a secondary violation. And, we all know secondary violations don’t really matter.
That is the only possible conclusion that can be drawn from this element of the Committee on Infractions Report on the University of Tennessee: “On or about September 25, 2009, the former assistant football coach gave approximately $40 to a student intern in the football office who was also a member of the institution’s Orange Pride program. The money was given to assist with costs associated with an automobile trip that the intern and another student intern were making between Knoxville, Tennessee, and Duncan, South Carolina, a round trip of approximately 356 miles. The former assistant football coach provided the funds to the student interns with full knowledge that they were traveling to Duncan to attend a high school football game. While at the game, both interns and a third member of the Orange Pride program made impermissible, in-person, off-campus contact with three prospective student-athletes.” (Source)
The NCAA thinks this is only a secondary violation?
What in the hell would be a major violation in football?
The mind boggles.
The action by the coach shows this was part of a comprehensive strategy on the part of Lane Kiffin and his Tennessee staff to circumvent NCAA rules.
And this is not a major violation?
NCAA reform must happen. And fast.