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USC football: School receives NCAA notice of allegations regarding Lane Kiffin's time at Tennessee [Update]

February 23, 2011 |  8:25 am

Kiffin_400 USC has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding Coach Lane Kiffin's 14-month tenure at Tennessee.

Tennessee has been under investigation for allegations related to the basketball and football programs among others.

[Updated 8:25 a.m.: The NCAA alleges that football staff members made 16 impermissible phone calls to recruits and that Kiffin allegedly permitted a recruiting intern to make impermissible off-campus contact with high school administrators.

The NCAA said Kiffin "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program and failed to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several assistant football coaches...and an athletics administrator involved with the football program who reported directly or indirectly to Kiffin."]

"We have received from the NCAA a notice of allegations against Lane Kiffin pertaining to his tenure as the head football coach at Tennessee," USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in a statement. "The NCAA enforcement process provides for Tennessee and Lane to address those charges. Until that process is completed, it would be unfair and premature for me or USC to comment on this matter.

"However, I will say this: Since his return to USC last year as our head football coach, Lane has been vigilant in making sure he and the football program follow the NCAA's rules and compete the right way.  Lane has my support as our head football coach."

Kiffin succeeded Pete Carroll as USC's coach in January 2010.

"On the advice of my legal counsel, we cannot comment other than to say we look forward to working through the process with the NCAA," Kiffin said in a statement.

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--Gary Klein

 Photo: Lane Kiffin with Tennessee in 2009. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times