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Here are your Friday links. And even though Virginia Tech's meeting with Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl is a month away, we'll start with more news out of Knoxville.

Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin said on Thursday that he was unaware of any recruiting recruiting violations that might have occurred by himself, his assistants or support staff regarding the university's student ambassador program. The NCAA is investigating members of the university's Orange Pride group who traveled nearly 200 miles to a high school football game where three players are being actively recruited by the Volunteers.

In fact, Kiffin "seemed annoyed Thursday to have to answer questions about his recruiting practices again in his first public comments since an NCAA review of the Vols came to light this week," according to Austin Ward of the Knoxville News Sentinel.

"I know that we've done a phenomenal job in recruiting," Kiffin said in addressing the allegations of recruiting impropriety. "I know that it's very competitive around the country with the kids that we go after and within this conference. I think that anytime you're operating at the level we're operating at in recruiting, people are going to come after us."

Now, onto games that will be played in short order. When the Virginia Tech men's basketball team plays at Penn State on Saturday, they will meet a Nittany Lions team that is trying to shore up its rebounding.

Penn State had a nice defensive showing in a 58-42 win Tuesday over UMBC, becoming the first Nittany Lions squad to hold the opposition to less than 50 points in consecutive games (it lost 45-42 at Temple on Saturday) since the 1993-94 team did it against Akron and Columbia in early December.

By Mark Viera  |  December 11, 2009; 8:35 AM ET
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