Well now, that didn't take long.
Ed Orgeron acknowledged Wednesday that he was contacting Tennessee recruits on Tuesday night, shortly after he became a member of Lane Kiffin's staff at USC.
"Yes, I did call recruits to clear up any questions they had," Orgeron told the Los Angeles Times. "In my knowledge, I followed the rules correctly."
Did Orgeron offer Tennessee recruits scholarships to USC?
"I'm not going to get into that," he said, adding, "I make tremendously strong ties with families in recruiting. I always try to guide them in the right direction and provide information to them to help some young men who are wondering, 'Coach, what can I do? What are my options?'
"All I did was present their options. Families call me. I call them. I had answers. I gave them answers to their questions."