UT coach Lane Kiffin accuses Urban Meyer of cheating; Florida fires back
First-year Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has accused Urban Meyer of an NCAA violation in the recruitment of four-star wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson.
Richardson, who orally committed to the Gators last spring, but ultimately signed with the Vols on Wednesday, received phone calls from Meyer during his visit to Tennessee, Kiffin said. Kiffin claims this is an NCAA violation.
"Just so you know when a recruit is on another campus you can't call him,'' Kiffin told an audience of about 1,000 UT supporters. "But I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn't get him.''
Florida fired back in a statement from athletic director Jeremy Foley Thursday afternoon, saying Kiffin doesn't know what he's talking about.
“There was no rule violation and we have confirmed this with the Southeastern Conference,'' Foley said in the statement. "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.''
Foley called the comments slanderous and said Kiffin owes Meyer a public apology.
On Thursday afternoon, officials at the NCAA confirmed it is not a violation of NCAA rules to contact a player while on a visit to another institution.
In case you're wondering, Florida and Tennessee - or more importantly Meyer and Kiffin - will meet in Gainesville on Sept. 19.
To see video of Kiffin's full accusation CLICK HERE.