GAINESVILLE -- Florida moved quickly on Thursday after Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of a recruiting infraction. UF athletics director Jeremy Foley fired back at Knoxville with this terse statement:
“There was no rule violation and we have confirmed this with Southeastern Conference. It is obvious that Coach Kiffin doesn’t know that there is not a rule precluding phone contact with a prospect during an official visit on another campus during a contact period. His allegations are inappropriate, out of line and, most importantly, totally false.
"It is completely unfair to Urban Meyer, our coaching staff, our football program and our institution. The appropriate action at this time in my opinion is for Coach Kiffin to make a public apology. His comments not only slandered our coach, but he violated SEC rules by publicly criticizing another coach and institution.
Just to double check, I emailed the NCAA about the possible recruiting violation. Here's the response from Christopher Radford, the NCAA assistant director of public and media relations:
"It is not a violation of NCAA rules for a coach to contact a student-athlete while they are on an official visit to another school."
Kiffin's bizarre comments are, however, a violation of my sanity. Think nothing good can come out of this for Tennessee and Lane Kiffin? Think again. It's the day after National Signing Day and guess who we're talking about? Tennessee and Lane Kiffin. In a related story, Kiffin's belligerence has apparently landed him an endorsement deal with Kellogg's newest cereal, Ritalin-O's. Kiffin eats them with bananas.