The Knoxville News Sentinel reports University of Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes inadvertently committed a minor NCAA violation by paying money out of his own pocket to supplement the salary of one of his assistant coaches.
Barnes provided personal funds to assistant coach Desmond Oliver because he believed Oliver’s salary was deficient in relation to what his peers were making. School officials say Barnes was unware NCAA rules prohibited him from supplementing an assistant’s pay with personal funds. Barnes was told Oliver would get a raise.
Barnes received rules education and got no additional punishment. The Southeastern Conference didn’t impose any additional penalty.