NCAA: Violations committed
at Tennessee by Pearl, Kiffin
The NCAA said Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin committed recruiting violations and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance of NCAA rules within their programs.
After its 22-month investigation of the athletic program, the NCAA notified Tennessee of a dozen rules violations by the coaches, their assistants and the university itself in a letter released by the school Wednesday. Kiffin, now at Southern California, received a separate notice of the allegations against him.
Tennessee’s baseball program was included in the investigation but was not accused of any violations.
The university has until May 21 to respond to the NCAA’s allegations and is expected to appear at a June 10 and 11 meeting of the Committee on Infractions. A final decision by the NCAA and any sanctions probably would come several weeks after that.
Also: The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team won the first of three events contested on the first day of the Mountain West Conference Championships in Oklahoma City.
The Rebels won the 200-yard medley relay, with David Seiler, Andrew Morrell, Cody Roberts and Steven Nelms posting a school- and conference-record time of 1 minute, 25.59 seconds — an automatic NCAA qualifying time and the fourth-fastest in the nation this year. The Rebels then took second in the 800 freestyle relay.
UNLV, which didn’t bring a diver for the only other event on the first day, stood fifth at 74 points, with Brigham Young leading at 121.
The UNLV women’s team had two second-place finishes, in the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. The Rebels were fourth in the team standings at 74 points, with San Diego State (99) first.
UNLV’s Mehdi Bouras was named Mountain West Conference men’s tennis player of the week, and Aleksandra Josifoska earned the MWC women’s weekly award. Bouras went 2-0 in singles play, and Josifoska piled up a 7-0 mark — including 4-0 in singles — to help the women’s team win four matches.
UNLV’s Rance Roundy was named College Baseball Insider’s West Region player of the week. Roundy went 8-for-19 with four home runs, two doubles, nine RBIs and nine runs as the Rebels swept four games from Maine.
Arizona State quarterback Steven Threet said he’s quitting football after suffering four concussions in the past five years, including two last fall.
Threet had a concussion Oct. 23 at California and another Nov. 26 against UCLA that ended his junior season.
He told The Arizona Republic that he’s still experiencing symptoms from the last concussion and still has headaches and trouble sleeping.
Threet threw for 2,534 yards and 18 touchdowns with 16 interceptions for the Sun Devils last season.
The topic of whether student-athletes should be paid is not a debate in the eyes of the NCAA’s new president.
Mark Emmert has made it clear that under his watch, college athletes will not be compensated as though they were professionals.
“They are student-athletes. They are not our employees, they don’t work for us,” he said while addressing a variety of topics at a Town Hall Los Angeles luncheon. “They are our students, so we don’t pay them.”
Federer, Djokovic net wins
at Dubai Championships
Four-time champion Roger Federer and third-ranked Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Federer defeated Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-3, 6-4 in about an hour, and Australian Open champion Djokovic overcame the net play of Feliciano Lopez of Spain for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory.
Also: Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki defeated 2006 champion Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Qatar.
Qualifier Ryan Sweeting, ranked 118th, upset third-seeded Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the second round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach, Fla.
NASCAR penalized the Truck Series team Michael Waltrip drove for at Daytona International Speedway.
Waltrip won the season-opening truck race for Vision Aviation Racing. NASCAR found that his spoiler had broken over the closing laps. NASCAR fined crew chief Doug Howe $25,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said he will not charge organizers of the Bahrain Grand Prix any cancellation fees — estimated at $40 million — for calling off the season-opening event.
The March 13 race was scrapped Monday amid the political unrest in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
Reigning Horse of the Year Zenyatta made her first trip to the breeding shed to mate with 2006 Preakness Stakes winner Bernadini in Lexington, Ky.