UT imposes 2-year probation on basketball, football programs

UT imposes 2-year probation on basketball, football programs

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee has self-imposed a penalty of two years probation on its athletic programs.

University officials said Friday the self-imposed penalty was made on May 20 in the university's response to an NCAA inquiry into recruiting activities by Tennessee's men's basketball program under head coach Bruce Pearl and the football program under former head coach Lane Kiffin.

The penalty includes annual compliance reports to the NCAA and SEC during the probationary period.

A report in the Knoxville News Sentinel says the newspaper obtained documents Friday from the university that outline the restrictions.

6 News made a request to the university for the documents related to the self-imposed probation, but athletics officials said the documents would not be available until Monday.

The university says the new restrictions, along with previously announced sanctions, adequately address the violations that have occurred.

The NCAA has not yet announced its ruling following the inquiry. Officials may accept the university's probation or impose more severe penalties.

Former athletics director Mike Hamilton, former basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin met with NCAA's Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis last month.

The former coaches and athletics director were there to make their case against 12 charges of major violations the NCAA made in a notice of allegations.

Kiffin left Tennessee in January 2010 to become head coach at Southern California and Pearl was fired in March.

Hamilton resigned at the end of June.

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