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Fallout From Yahoo! Report Spreads Across SEC

Yesterday evening, Yahoo! Sports released its findings from an 11-month investigation into the University of Miami athletic program.  In the process, the names of several coaches and players with SEC ties were covered in a bit of dirt, too.

Below is some of the fallout from yesterday’s report:

Florida — implicated: receivers coach Aubrey Hill, receiver Andre Debose, offensive lineman Matt Patchan

UF released a statement saying: “While we declined comment for Yahoo’s request, Coach Hill indicated he was very comfortable with, and very confident in how he conducted himself while at the University of Miami.”

Obviously, if it’s found that Debose and Patchan did receive illegal benefits, both could face eligibility concerns.

Debose’s father says he has no knowledge of his son accepting illegal benefits.

Georgia — implicated: tight end Orson Charles

Athletic director Greg McGarity said this morning that UGA “is checking into it.”

Here’s how Charles was tied to Nevin Shapiro, the man who’s now ratting out Miami.

The story does not suggest that Charles took any illegal benefits, so his eligibility does not appear to be in question… for now.

Alabama – implicated: offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, director of football operations Joe Pannunzio

The two men Nick Saban hired this offseason are accused of breaking NCAA rules while coaching at Miami.

The school released a statement last night saying: “The University of Alabama is aware of the story but will have no further comment.”

Pannunzio has also coached at Ole Miss and at Auburn in the SEC.

Tennessee — implicated: former running back Bryce Brown, now at Kansas State

Bryce Brown and his brother Arthur (who began his career at Miami) were both named in the Yahoo! report.

The brothers might face eligibility issues at Kansas State, so Tennessee fans can be glad that Brown transferred out last summer.

 


6 comments
Ira McGill
Ira McGill

John, don't you think it's interesting that Bryce Brown signed with Kiffin at Tennessee at the very last minute even though Miami was probably offering him money to go there? We already know Kiffin had no regard for the rules. Doesn't Tennessee have the most to fear from this.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Ira McGill...

I really don't think so. Brown is gone for one. Kiffin is gone for another. Also, NCAA investigators looking into Tennessee spent plenty of time eyeing Kiffin and asking questions in South Florida.

In the Cam Newton situation, many people assume that if his dad asked for money from MSU, he must've asked for money from Auburn, too. And Auburn signed him, so...

But that's not evidence. Same thing would apply here.

A+B may appear to add up to C, but we don't know. It's supposition.

Also, for all of Kiffin's flaws, the NCAA didn't find any massive violations -- paying players, handing over car keys, etc -- on his watch. They said he didn't create an air of compliance, but the main issues were multiple secondary violations and a hostess trip lined up by his brother-in-law that Kiffin claims he wasn't behind.

Talk about your fair guys, I just defended Cecil Newton and Lane Kiffin in the same answer. I should've been a defense attorney.

Thanks for reading,
John

Ira McGill
Ira McGill

John, I'm sure you know Brown and Kiffin being gone has nothing do with anything. The question is whether someone, anyone, gave Brown something to go to UT. Brown was a 5 star and the number one recruit in the country. If Miami was offering anyone money, it was him. And then out of nowhere Tennessee lands him. And then when Kiffin leaves Brown has no reason to stay in Knoxville because his payments were being cut off. The NCAA didn't investigate Bryce Brown the first time. I'm sure they'll want to know why he turned down Miami money at the last minute to sign with Kiffin.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Ira McGill...

I didn't say that. What I said was: Where is the evidence linking Kiffin to Brown and illegal inducements?

And that's the same thing I've said for months regarding Cam Newton. It may smell fishy as hell, but if no one has any evidence linking Auburn to Newton and illegal inducements, we're basically talking about smoke, not fire.

Dig up some dirt and I'll be happy to write about it. Until then, I won't go on what I want to happen. I'll tell you instead what I think WILL happen. And until someone suggests A paid B, I don't think anything IS going to happen.

John

Ira McGill
Ira McGill

Yep, Bryce Brown had a "handler" who wanted money. And Miami was certainly willing to pay it. But then Brown signs with Kiffin instead for free? I don't think so.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Ira McGill...

If you don't think the NCAA looked into Bryce Brown and Tennessee's recruiting efforts in South Florida, then you've been misinformed.

I stated the Brown is not at Tennessee because his eligibility is no longer UT's concern. As for Kiffin not being around, I think it's doubtful that the NCAA will dig back into a situation it has already investigated simply because someone at Miami might have attempted to pay off the Browns. As I stated clearly above, there is nothing tying Kiffin to Brown or money. There is only the feeling that "If Team A offered money, then Team B must have offered more money." And I don't think that's enough evidence for the NCAA to reopen a case it just finished closing... especially in light of what else it has on its plate right now.

Now, if someone steps forward and says Brown was given something by Kiffin or by UT, then that's a different story.

Never say never, but I think you're wishing and hoping on this one.

John



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