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Lane Kiffin could be in trouble with NCAA again; Raiders call him a liar

June 8, 2009 | 12:26 pm

Rocky Top? More like rocky start for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee. Former USC assistant Lane Kiffin, now head coach at Tennessee, continues to struggle with the rule book. Tennessee, according to the Associated Press, has reported four minor recruiting violations to the NCAA since Kiffin was hired late last year.

The most recent came today after ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Sunday included a segment showing Kiffin in his office with two high school recruits.

That would be a violation of NCAA recruiting rule 13.10.1, which states: “A member institution shall not permit a media entity to be present during any recruiting contact made by an institution’s coaching staff member.”

The ESPN program also included a statement from the Oakland Raiders, who fired Kiffin in September. The two sides are in litigation over pay Kiffin claims he is owed.

“Lane Kiffin is a flat-out liar. He lied to the team, he lied to the fans, and he lied to the media,” the Raiders’ statement said. “He will try to destroy that university like he tried to destroy the Raiders, and will eventually clash with [women’s basketball coach Pat] Summitt and [men’s basketball coach Bruce] Pearl.”

The university had no comment about the statement to the Associated Press.

-- Randy Harvey

Photo: Rocky Top? More like rocky start for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee. Credit: Wade Payne / Associated Press