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.
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.