UT letter 2.0 now out
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 7:53 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee has released a new version of the NCAA’s notice charging the school of a dozen rules violations.
The university released the NCAA’s list of allegations a week ago with portions left blank and others blacked out detailing a dozen violations with most by the basketball program under coach Bruce Pearl with a couple in the football program. Lane Kiffin, now at Southern California, received a separate notice of allegations against him.
Several media outlets asked for a version with fewer redactions, and Tennessee released a new copy Wednesday.
According to a letter from Tennessee, the University’s Office of the General Counsel confirmed through the Family Policy Compliance Office that its interpretation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was correct in the initial release of the Notice of Allegations.
The latest copy includes a portion naming former quarterbacks coach David Reaves. The violation is blacked out, but Reaves already had been linked to a potential violation in September 2009 when two hostesses visited two recruits at Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C.
The NCAA asks for information on who was responsible for certain individuals and also wants a statement on whether anyone in the football office “had prior knowledge.”
Other portions that had been blank involve impermissible calls by Pearl and his assistant coaches. One portion now open shows the NCAA accuses Pearl of “knowingly violated NCAA legislation” in the incident where he hosted high school juniors at a cookout at his house on Sept. 20, 2008.