Lane Kiffin left brother-in-law David Reaves behind when he left Knoxville for the West Coast...will Reaves come back to bite him in an NCAA investigation?
Perhaps the most interesting and potentially most important figure in this whole NCAA investigation is David Reaves, Kiffin's brother-in-law and QB coach here at UT, who found out about Lane's departure from Knoxville like the rest of us, and didn't get chosen to make the trip to Southern Cal with the rest of the assistant coaches. Joe Schad reports this morning that Reaves was interviewed yesterday by the NCAA in the ongoing investigation of recruiting practices at Tennessee during the Kiffin Adminstration. The conversation likely included Hostessgate, among other things.
There are several questions here, and they all start with "IF Kiffin did anything wrong...", but I think that's the assumption many are working with, including perhaps the NCAA.
So if Kiffin did anything wrong...is Reaves still upset about the way he was left out of Lane's midnight run? How much information does Reaves have on Kiffin and the rest of the staff, and what percentage of that information also incriminates him? Reaves is now the QB coach at New Mexico, which leads us to the question of how the NCAA will choose to punish any infractions that they discover - could they come down on Reaves, would they only come down on us, or is this all a larger attempt to get Kiffin and Orgeron, whose pictures have been on the wall at the NCAA's local post office for quite some time.
Our resident lawyer is on vacation, and I won't try to dive in to the legal ramifications of all of this. But if he wanted to, how difficult could Reaves make life for Kiffin...and how difficult would that in turn make life for us?
And the answer is...we don't know. But for that and all of these reasons...this makes me nervous. Actual football, hurry up and get here.