KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's new coach Lane Kiffin accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of recruiting violations in pursuing wide receiver prospect Nu'Keese Richardson, though NCAA and SEC officials say no rules were broken.
WVLT-TV reported that Tennessee's new coach told fans at a
signing day breakfast Thursday that Meyer phoned Richardson while
the recruit was making his official visit to Tennessee recently.
"I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn't get him," Kiffin said.
NCAA and Southeastern Conference officials said it is not against recruiting rules to contact a prospect while they are on an official visit to another school.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley called for Kiffin to apologize for the comments, which he said were slanderous and violated SEC rules against publicly criticizing another coach and school.
"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," Foley said in a statement.
"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," he said.
Richardson, a Pahokee, Fla., native, signed with the Volunteers on Tuesday, despite having indicated he would sign with the Gators.
Tennessee spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter told The Associated
Press the school would not file an official complaint to the NCAA.
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