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USC football: Ed Orgeron part of NCAA probe of Tennessee, report says

February 4, 2011 |  9:19 pm

Orgeron_250 A day after he was named national recruiter of the year by Scout.com/FoxSports.com, USC recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron was the subject of a report that concerns his time at Tennessee.

ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel reported Friday that as part of its investigation of Tennessee athletics, the NCAA was investigating whether Orgeron personally conducted a workout of a prospective signee on the student's campus in May 2009. The report was attributed to three unnamed sources.

"When we went through some stuff about Tennessee, I've been told that I'm not allowed to comment," Orgeron told Maisel. "That's what I've been instructed to do. That's what I'm doing."

It's the second report this week concerning alleged NCAA violations that occurred during USC Coach Lane Kiffin's 14-month tenure in Knoxville.

AOL FanHouse, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that the NCAA would cite Tennessee and Kiffin with a "failure to monitor" violation for alleged improper contact with recruits. The website said a hearing was scheduled this summer.

--Gary Klein

Photo: USC recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron. Credit: Bret Hartman / For The Times

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