Why did the University of Tennessee have to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions?
After an extensive NCAA investigation, it was determined that representatives of Tennessee’s football and men’s basketball programs had violated NCAA bylaws. After being presented with the NCAA’s official Notice of Allegations in the spring of 2011, Tennessee officials were required to respond during an in-person hearing before the Committee on Infractions in June 2011.
Did members of the current Tennessee men’s basketball coaching staff violate NCAA bylaws?
No. It is important to note that all of the violations occurred under previous coaching staffs. The violations, which the university admitted in its response to the Notice of Allegations, included secondary violations in the football program and multiple major violations in the men’s basketball program related to impermissible phone calls by the former coaching staff, impermissible off-campus contacts by the former coaching staff, and an institutional failure to monitor the men’s basketball program related to impermissible phone calls. The former head men’s basketball coach was cited for unethical conduct and failure to monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance, while three former assistant men’s basketball coaches were charged with failure to cooperate and act with honesty and sportsmanship.
What are the penalties that have been imposed on the Tennessee men’s basketball program?
Tennessee chose to self-impose penalties on its football and men’s basketball programs. The self-imposed penalties related to men’s basketball include a two-year probationary period for the Athletic Department as a whole (which began August 24, 2011) and a restriction on providing any occasional off-campus meals by the men’s basketball staff during the 2011–2012 academic year. The university had also implemented penalties on the previous men’s basketball coaching staff, including salary reductions and significant restrictions on off-campus recruiting. The NCAA accepted all of Tennessee’s self-imposed penalties and commended the cooperation of the university.
Did the Tennessee men’s basketball program lose any scholarships or receive a postseason ban?
No. Tennessee has all thirteen of the allowable scholarships for men’s basketball, and it is eligible for all postseason events, including the NCAA tournament.
Is there anything else I should know about the NCAA infractions process as it relates to Tennessee?
It is worth noting that the NCAA commended Tennessee’s institutional cooperation throughout the process. None of the individuals associated with the men’s basketball program who were found to have violated NCAA bylaws are currently associated with the program. The university is eager to move forward under the guidance of head coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff.