Reaves Accused by NCAA - Albuquerque Journal

Reaves Accused by NCAA

Lobos assistant football coach David Reaves has been formally accused of NCAA violations while an assistant at the University of Tennessee, but perhaps not in the manner or to the extent expected by many.

The NCAA’s notice of allegations, delivered on Monday, was made public — with some sections or parts of sections blacked out — by Tennessee on Wednesday.

The NCAA accuses Reaves of requesting that certain individuals (names blacked out) make impermissible telephone recruiting contacts with prospective student-athletes. Reaves is mentioned in only one paragraph of a 26-page document that involves both the Tennessee football and men’s basketball programs.

It is possible that Reaves’ name is blacked out elsewhere, or that he is identified only as an assistant football coach.

No mention is made by the NCAA of widely circulated reports that Reaves failed to alert Tennessee officials to improper contact made by members of Orange Pride, a now-defunct group of female UT students, at a high school football game in Duncan, S.C., in September 2009. The Orange Pride existed principally to escort recruits while making on-campus visits.

Reaves is the brother-in-law of Lane Kiffin, who was Tennessee’s head football coach at the time of the alleged violations. Kiffin, who is at the center of the NCAA’s allegations regarding the Volunteers football program, left Tennessee after one season to become head coach at Southern California.

Reaves, who was not offered a job by Kiffin at USC, was hired as quarterbacks coach by UNM coach Mike Locksley before the 2010 season. Recently Locksley promoted Reeves to offensive coordinator.

Paul Krebs, UNM’s athletic director, said on Wednesday he was in Indianapolis to attend NCAA meetings and had not seen the NCAA’s allegations.

“We have gotten a copy of the notice that Tennessee would have received,” Krebs said, “(but) I haven’t had a chance to review it and sit down with our staff.”

 


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