By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes tweeting ain’t worth the twouble.
When Troup junior defensive end J.C. Copeland committed to Tennessee Tuesday, a comment appeared on coach Lane Kiffin’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. It read simply, “I was so excited to hear that J.C. Copeland committed to play for the Vols today!”
Unfortunately, the assistant who posted that to Kiffin’s accounts committed a minor recruiting violation by doing so, and Tennessee is going to report itself to the NCAA.
Athletics director Mike Hamilton told The Knoxville News Sentinel that the unidentified but newly hired assistant posted the comment, failing to consult the athletic department’s compliance officials. It’s the second time the Vols have been in this position this year; in February, they also reported themselves when Kiffin mentioned eventual signee Bryce Brown on a radio program.
“You cannot post that type of stuff, obviously,” Hamilton said. “It was an honest, inadvertent mistake.”
As such, Tennessee isn’t expecting the NCAA to drop the hammer on them. Secondary violations like this seldom draw sanctions.