Breaking news out of Knoxville. The NCAA has decided to extend the probation sentence for Tennessee football and has added a few more penalties on for good measure thanks to improprieties that took place when Lane Kiffin was the Vols’ coach.
The NCAA is extending the probation by two years and cutting both evaluation days, the number of on-campus visits the football program can use and the number of games the school can offer complimentary tickets to prospects.
The additions are in regards to former Tennessee assistant coach Willie Mack Garza giving scout Willie Lyles $1,500 to pay for prospect Lache Seastrunk’s unofficial visit to Tennessee in 2009. Garza was on Kiffin’s staff at UT at the time, then followed Kiffin to Southern Cal. Garza resigned after a Yahoo Sports report linked Garza with giving Lyles money for Seastrunk’s airfare.
Seastrunk ended up signing with Oregon, but the running back departed Eugene after one season to play at Baylor. The NCAA has reportedly been looking into Lyles’ connections with the Oregon coaching staff.