Tennessee has self-reported several NCAA violations from the first 10 months of 2016, according to the News Sentinel.

But per the report, two of them are now are within the rules since the NCAA changed its stance on social media restrictions this summer, allowing coaches to like, retweet, favorite or share recruits’ posts on Twitter.

“There are simply too many NCAA rules to expect not to inadvertently commit occasional minor violations,” Andrew Donovan, UT’s associate athletics director for compliance. “We have a strong culture of compliance at the University of Tennessee wherein our coaches and staff hold themselves and each other accountable.”

As for what will be penalized:

  • Football staff members were stopped after briefly using footballs during a 6 a.m. tryout on Jan. 26, since the activity was being conducted outside football’s designated season. The tryout’s intention was to find a walk-on kicker and others to assist in special teams spring practice. No tryout participants were asked to join the football roster.

  • An assistant football coach was driving home when he was texted by the father of a recruit. In putting down his phone while driving, the coach accidentally dialed the father.


Altogether, the school reported 15 violations, but with the rules adjustment that will drop to 13.