Kiffin outcome brings relief

NCAA done with coach, who now can concentrate on football and recruiting

Updated: August 26, 2011, 1:21 PM ET
By Greg Katz |
Time for another installment of observations where we tell you what's happening and hopefully ferret out what's behind the scenes and/or read between the lines. We call it Obvious/Not So Obvious. If you're new here, welcome. If not, welcome back.

The Obvious: Calling the violations secondary, the NCAA will not sanction Trojans coach Lane Kiffin for recruiting violations that occurred when Kiffin was the head coach at Tennessee.
The Not So Obvious: Given the recent NCAA rulings towards the Trojan football program, this is as good an outcome as possible. Surprised? Well, we wouldn't have put down a bet previous to Wednesday's ruling. You can bet your Tommy Trojan doll that Athletic Director Pat Haden is breathing the proverbial huge sigh of relief. If there were Kiffin doomsday contingency plans, they now can be fed to the Cardinal and Gold shredder.

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