Seriously, what gives with Mike Hamilton at this point? Here’s what Junior had to say in the wake of this week’s embarrassments of two new investigations into UT recruiting:
“I used to say things about Florida, and I’d say, ‘I’d like that if I was them, because they’re at the top, and people are shooting for them,’” Kiffin said. “And I think when it comes to recruiting, we’re at the highest level, and I think that people really want to know what we’re doing. They want to know how are we able to get interest from so many great players, and sign so many great players, so I think you have a lot of people coming at us.
“You know, ‘If you can’t beat them, figure out a way to figure out if they’re doing something wrong.’”
Hamilton’s reaction? Just this: “… (M)en’s athletic director Mike Hamilton maintained that the football program hasn’t knowingly violated any NCAA or Southeastern Conference recruiting rules…”
Knowingly is such a weasel word. Just ask Junior, who had this to say about the allegations regarding the actions of a volunteer assistant coach’s actions which are the subject of one of the inquiries:
“I know that he went in there and saw some of his old teachers and saw some of his coaches. I don’t know that he did (recruit) at all. I never want to say never, but I will pretty much say that he did not while I was with him…”
“Pretty much say”? Kiffin can’t even fully vouch for his actions while he was in his presence? Hoo, boy.
The big mystery to me at this point is why Hamilton doesn’t tell Kiffin to keep his mouth shut for a while and try to let this blow over. Of course, I guess the sad possibility exists that he’s made that suggestion already…