Today on the College Football Playbook with Mike Leach & Jack Arute, Lane Kiffin explained what’s it’s like behind closed doors with the infractions committee.
Kiffin said, “The people making the decisions are from different universities around the country and sometimes they are not involved in athletics at all, so it is a unique process.”
“The enforcement staff basically presents their findings and what they’re beliefs are on the coaches or universities, then the committee of infractions kind of questions them as well as the universities and coaches to find out what really are the issues here.”
“There is actually lot of work that goes into it (beforehand). All parties have attorneys in it, from the universities to the coaches involved.”
“(There is) A lot of people in the room including Commissioner Slive. I guess there were probably 40 people in the room.”
Kiffin described the mood in the room as “not real tense.”
He added, “It’s just trying to get through all the information so everybody can understand what really happened. Was there intent to go against the rules or was there just honest mistakes made?”
Kiffin pointed out the NCAA rules manual is really big. Leach agreed.
Leach added, “It’s ridiculously big. It’s one of those things where it’s just like some of those NFL playbooks where everybody gets an idea then they put it together. The thing gets distorted into a monster, they have a book with 1000 plays and they’re going to go play a game where there’s going to be 65 plays and yet they’re drawing from a thousand.”
Kiffin said he was told a ruling should come in four to six weeks.