Too bad Tennessee tweeted Tuesday

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

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.

91 comments Add your comment

gatorsam

May 20th, 2009
4:59 pm

How many minors does it take to make a major?

m wannabe

May 20th, 2009
5:18 pm

thank god and greyhound fulmer is gone.
Lane has the Orange Nation fired up.

jaglaw

May 20th, 2009
5:26 pm

it was an “honest and inadvertent mistake..” so was those the 100 dollar bill that fell out of my pocket and picked up by a potential recruit. If it had happened before in February, how is it now inadvertent? Love your comment “gatorsam”. go dawgs.

Champaign

May 20th, 2009
5:30 pm

I find it pathetic that Lame Kitten has an assistant posing as him on twitter in the first place. Just another example of the man who can’t be honest about anything. he’s gonna bring the house of vols falling in on itself.

AlwaysAVol

May 20th, 2009
5:35 pm

Oh yeah? What’s Mark Richt done to keep the Dawgs in the news, nay (almost) every front page, every day, this year?

Boots

May 20th, 2009
5:44 pm

Phat Phil might look real good down the road.

Ted Striker

May 20th, 2009
5:48 pm

Paging Phil Fulmer, paging Phil Fulmer. Phil Fulmer can you report to the front of the plane? We appear to be having problems with our flight controls.

GT

May 20th, 2009
5:52 pm

You know you would think cheating would give you an advantage and not be wasted on silly stuff like this. In both cases the recruit was in the barn, I can’t imagine that is all UT has to hide, and self reporting stuff that is over public air ways does not impress me, it is a cover your ass move. If the AD looks out there in the parking lot and sees a recruit driving an orange Porche, and reports that then my respect is all his.

kauai dawg

May 20th, 2009
6:14 pm

There is a difference in having character and being a character! Richt has character and Kiffin is a character. Go DAWGS!

Crimson nation

May 20th, 2009
6:23 pm

Inadvertent, unintentional mistake. No big deal. Everyone in the sec commits these minor violations just because the dang rule book is thicker than the freaking IRS code. This is silly stuff, it was self reported and now the coach knows better. Move along folks.

Poopy Pants

May 20th, 2009
6:29 pm

yet another Tennessee football update on the new official news source of the Vols, the ajc.com. Who gives a poop in the pants. Update me when there’s a major violation or that another wide receiver recruit from TN goes to UGA

Hello

May 20th, 2009
6:30 pm

Lame Kitten may have UT on probation before he coaches his first
game there.

MB

May 20th, 2009
6:41 pm

Thank you, AlwaysAVol, for using Mark Richt’s full name! The posters who like to use Lame Kitten, Urban Cryer, etc don’t realize how it makes them look. If you are unable to state your position without name calling, perhaps you shouldn’t be posting in the first place.

Dave

May 20th, 2009
6:42 pm

It’s not just this incident or that incident but the total added up by this guy that screams INCOMPENTENCY!!! Can you say…over your head???

jacket3

May 20th, 2009
6:42 pm

When your HS graduation rate is 65% I hope the kid gets through the first semester without academic probation. The coaches are the numb nuts. They absolutely know the rules. They sign affidavits from the get go. There is no ethics anymore, anywhere. College sports is supposed to teach honesty and integrity… It’s all about money which is really a bad teacher. Jesus must be coming……..

Gator Growl

May 20th, 2009
6:44 pm

Can you say…lack of institutional control? That AD better get a grip on Kiffin or he’s going down with him.

P

May 20th, 2009
7:08 pm

Is it just me or has the AJC turned into the Southern edition of the National Enquirer? Who is going to play MLK?, SEC coaches circus, Smoltz gets married, Glavine adopts, Vick out of jail, and on and on and on. I’m finding myself reading other websites more and this one less. I can only take but so much trash.

surfdawg

May 20th, 2009
7:28 pm

How many here believe that’s the way it went down? I think it was more like Kiffin tweeted that himself and they are blamming it on some assistant coach. We already no Kiffin is a proven liar.

Sharecropper

May 20th, 2009
7:37 pm

Ain’t Kiffin the guy who boasted that he missed only one question on the NCAA recruiting test? And wanted to know how Spurrier scored?

And “P” really needs an anger management course.

Me

May 20th, 2009
7:39 pm

Yeah, that’s gonna be the official Tenn line from now on when this guy screws up, the peon did it!!!

Jim

May 20th, 2009
7:53 pm

Lane Kiffin is truly a disaster waiting to happen. It is scary that Al Davis, of all people, actually got it right about Kiffin – “a proven liar”. Sad that UT has fallen so far that they will allow this twit to be the face of their school. Again, a disaster waiting to happen.

thisistired

May 20th, 2009
8:39 pm

Violations like this happen at every school all the time. They are blips on the radar except when the AJC has nothing better to do than report UT items. The NCAA rule book is a communist manifesto as evidenced by them not allowing Richt to attend a graduation ceremony. You losers at the AJC really should spend more time finding newsworthy things to write about but I am sure the UT people appreciate the coverage. You are doing a marvelous job at keeping their name in front of the Georgia population. What a STUPID waste of time.

Jimmy

May 20th, 2009
8:40 pm

I agree w/ most of you people. Who gives a flying fuuuuuuu about this stuff. Give me updates on the important stuff, like when Layla is out doing yard work in a pair of jorts!

mikemike

May 20th, 2009
9:06 pm

it deserves to be written again…”HOW MANY MINORS DOES IT TAKE TO
MAKE A MAJOR?” especially when this same infraction occured prior
in the month of february. and the NCAA should care less who actually
made the post. i’ll tell you who committed the violation, the
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. something has to be done about the train
wreck in knoxville…

tip

May 20th, 2009
9:18 pm

Who cares. Doens’t the NCAA have better things to do with it’s time? doesn’t the ajc have more important things happening in the sports pages? Lame!

joe

May 20th, 2009
9:41 pm

I’ll tell you who is the authority on how many minors it may take to earn a major…Urban Meyer. He’s had way many more during his tenure at FL, so any gator on this blog needs to look in the mirror before commenting on Kiffen or any other SEC program…Jimmy, Layla doesn’t wear Jorts, those are for cheezy UF alumns…guys and girls.

surfdawg

May 20th, 2009
10:39 pm

Have you noticed Tenn. fans starting to use their new “go to” come back to all the blunders that are making news. “we did nothing wrong ,but we appreciate all the overage”. Well the media is going to cover you alright, all the way to probation.

gtforever

May 20th, 2009
11:48 pm

I mean, WHO REALLY CARES!

tyler

May 21st, 2009
12:05 am

HAHAHAHA. THANK YOU AJC FOR AGAIN, COVERING THE VOLS! LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT. THIS IS *NOT* A BIG DEAL BUT AGAIN, TENNESSEE IS IN AJC. JUMP ON IT PUPPY FANS.. MIGHT WANNA BE WORRIED ABOUT SOME OF YOUR NEW RECRUITS NOT MAKING THE GRADE YET ;)

Me

May 21st, 2009
12:14 am

I just love posters like “joe” who make a blanket statement and then don’t give any specific facts to back it up. joe, you are full of shiite, name me ONE specific NCAA violation by Meyer?? You are just another idiot with a keyboard…

Me

May 21st, 2009
12:16 am

And joe, might be a good idea to learn how to spell your own coaches name…moron.

scott

May 21st, 2009
12:27 am

little factoid hear for every one tennessee minor recruiting violations 4, uga arrests resulting in suspension 3, and just so most of us can have soe fun the great ohio state reported 4 minor recruiting violations from 07-08, and unlike joe ill just give some facts and no statement

scott

May 21st, 2009
12:29 am

and btw the minors dont matter until you get a major violation and then all the minors become major, if i remember correctly

Phil Fulmer

May 21st, 2009
2:02 am

Scott:

The recent suspensions announced at GA did not involve arrests or criminal charges of any kind. The players violated team rules and were not charged or arrested for anything. You have libeled them and should apologize or face the consequences.

As for UT’s secondary violation for mentioning a recruit’s name, this same thing happened just a few months ago under Kiffen just before UT signed Bryce Brown. Fortunately, the NCAA allowed UT to sign Brown despite the transgression just before he signed his letter of intent. Moreover, one would expect that any person, especially a new assistant coach, would have the approval of Kiffin before making any statement on Kiffin’s behalf using Kiffin’s account. If so, then Kiffin should have known better not to mention a recruit’s name since he had just reported the same type of violation just a few months earlier with regard to a high profile recruit. And if an assistant coach were involved, he not only should have had Kiffin’s approval to post for Kiffin, but he should have taken a test of NCAA recruiting rules and passed it before being involved with recruiting, and yes, that should include something as basic as knowing that you can’t mention a recruit’s name before he signs a letter of intent. UT’s continued violation of the same basic recruiting rule shows a patent disregard of NCAA rules under Coach Kiffin, and although secondary violations, should be considered as an illegal pattern or practice demonstrating a loss of institutional control that do justify significant sanctions.

Steve Spurrier

May 21st, 2009
6:17 am

Lane Kiffin-priceless entertainment. Haven’t seen a coach in the pros or college this stupid. And the Vol fans are just as stupid for being excited about their coach keeping them “in the news” with crap like this.

UGASlobberknocker

May 21st, 2009
7:32 am

This is a minor, who gives a crap, nothing violation. However, it does make you wonder if there is anyone with a clue up there in K town. Even speeding tickets can get you thrown into jail if you get enough of them. The main problem for UT is that when something more serious happens (which probably will given the last few months), then all of the small stuff begins to look bigger. I think Lane needs to have a talk with Daddy and come up with a plan to get a grip on the situation up there.

Maybe Al Davis isnt crazy after all.

p.s. Hey Jacket 3. Jesus isnt coming yet. He’s waiting for something really, really, rare..Like Tech being worth a crap two years in a row.

Corrine Brown

May 21st, 2009
7:49 am

GRADULATIONS !!

PTC DAWG

May 21st, 2009
8:32 am

Minor violation…and what self respecting adult “tweets”…give me a break. Texting too, just pick up the phone and call someone if you want to talk to them. The art of conversation is being lost in the World.

Lakedawg

May 21st, 2009
8:51 am

UT – what a joke of a program. Two losing seasons in four years,
no SEC championships in 10 years, no recent major bowls, fired
coaching staff, NCAA violations, new coaching staff making
inaccurate/dishonest/inflammatory/derogatory statements with
almost predictable regularity……and their fans think it’s
GOOD because they make the news ??? WOW. At least here at
Georgia we win 10/year, have some recent SECC’s, have high national
rankings, and go to major bowl games. I’m thankful that we have Coach
Richt and his staff….we don’t get embarrassed almost daily like
UT does. Oh but I forgot…..they’re not embarrassed, are they ?
Vols, have fun with your little circus while you can…..reality
sets in in September.

Comin' Down The Track

May 21st, 2009
9:01 am

AlwaysAVol,
Q: “Oh yeah? What’s Mark Richt done to keep the Dawgs in the news, nay (almost) every front page, every day, this year?”
A: Nothing. He doesn’t need to. That’s the point. Desperation is a stinky cologne, AAV. Go take a cold shower.

tylertoo

May 21st, 2009
9:09 am

Hey Tyler you better be hoping your star recruit doesn’t decide to go shopping for duct tape anytime soon. With the quality (insert sarcasm) of TN recruits you should keep your flytrap shut.

Cuz

May 21st, 2009
9:21 am

Life would be so boring without Coach Kiffin.

Rob

May 21st, 2009
9:23 am

Lane is the best thing to happen to UT and the SEC!!! Thank you for hiring this clown!! He’s the Joe Biden of college football!

Exley DAWG

May 21st, 2009
9:31 am

UT wins 5 games this year, no quarterback, immature coach, but a good defense. To bad the defense will get worn down as the year progresses and the wheels will completely fall off by the 6th game.

uuugh.

May 21st, 2009
9:32 am

Minor Violations are the gateway to Major Violations…I hope!

Keep it coming Kiffin…we love it!!

Peadawg

May 21st, 2009
9:45 am

I usually root for Tn to beat Florida….but comon Florida!!! Hang 65 pts on them and save your 3 timeouts for the last minute! Beat them orange hillbillies!!!

100,000 people in that stadium in Knoxville and only 100 last names

JaxDawg

May 21st, 2009
9:47 am

AlwaysAVol-How can you possibly think the KIND of attention Kiffin is giving your program is helping recruiting? By your logic Meyer should go slap a baby, or maybe Coach Richt should run through the streets of Athens in his underwear, or Saban should spit in an old woman’s face. Those things would definitely have people talking about their respective programs and keep them on the front pages for a while but it doesn’t mean it’s good for the program.

Perhaps Lane should focus more on his program and staff and making sure THEY understand the rules rather than pointing fingers at other coaches for cheating. Also, he might want to make sure he can lock up the top talent in his own state before making grandiose statements about grabing the top talent out of other coaches backyards.

While all you Vol fans are jumping up and down for joy that your coach is bringing excitement back to Tenn and keeping their name in the media, the rest of us in the SEC are sitting back LAUGHING at the state of your program! I’ll give him credit though he has brought a #1 ranking to Tenn. The Vols are definitely now the #1 JOKE in the SEC.
Go Dawgs!

Jack G.

May 21st, 2009
9:59 am

Welcome to the nit pickers blog.
Much ado about nothing.

DirtyDawg

May 21st, 2009
10:17 am

Most of my UT friends, even those that were ready for Phil to move on, are a bit embarrassed by young Mr. Kiffin’s approach to being head coach of the University of Tennessee. I mean it’s not as if this is some half-ass, podunk school that hasn’t ever had Hall of Fame coaches and won National Championships. This guy comes on with the idea that ‘acting the fool’ is what it’s gonna take to bring this program back to NC caliber right away. He seems to be convinced that anything that gets recruits to remember you is good – kinda like the Sidney Greenstreet character (look it up) in the movie ‘The Hucksters’ where he laid a lugie in the middle of the conference table, called it disgusting but said that you’d never forget it. Makes you proud, don’t UTers?

Now I ask you, just what is it in his background – other than snowin’ that pretty wife of his, and even that hasn’t been proven to have been a success (it takes a lifetime of commitment to one another before you can call it good, just like it takes winning football games, along with building character, before you can call your program a success) – that should give anybody confidence he can coach a damn lick? He’s shown that he can talk a good game but my friends are concerned that all that talk is just setting them up for the biggest embarrassment ever – bigger than Bill Battle and bigger than Johnny Majors (and I’m especially talking about how the fans acted when they were ushering them out the door – it twern’t purdy).

So Lane, just be prepared for it if you ain’t winnin’ at mid-season, these folks have been through it before and they know how to deal with coaches that set their expectations high and fail miserably…as I said, in ain’t purdy. Meanwhile Lane just remember..Beauty Soap…Beauty Soap…Beauty Soap…Beauty Soap…

Dawg Fud

May 21st, 2009
10:43 am

Lakedawg

UT won a national championship in 1998. when was the last time we won a title?

typical Georgia fan – bragging about being mediocre.