Kiffin, who served as an assistant under Carroll from 2001-06 before leaving to become the Oakland Raiders head coach, is leaving after one tumultuous season at Tennessee that saw him enrage his fellow SEC coaches, draw the ire of the NCAA and upgrade Tennessee's talent base. Kiffin will bring his father, Volunteers defensive coordinator
Kiffin was scheduled to meet with Tennessee players at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday to break the news.
Willis had narrowed his choices to UCLA, North Carolina and Tennessee. He announced his commitment to Tennessee during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The elder Willis said the family had spoken to UCLA and North Carolina coaches on Tuesday night after Kiffin news broke. Had Willis set foot in a class at Tennessee, he would have had to obtain a waiver from the NCAA to transfer without sitting out a year. "I'm glad it happened when it happened," Gary Willis said. "It could have been a real mess."
Brandon Willis was one of the Byrnes High football players at the center of the NCAAs investigation into Tennessee's use of its recruiting hostess program. Two hostesses were photographed by SI.com with Willis and teammate
USC has NCAA issues of its own. The NCAA has completed its investigation into allegations of improper benefits received by former Trojan
Monday, Yahoo! Sports reported that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions will meet Feb. 19-21 to determine what, if any, punishment USC would receive.