Wednesday, December 09, 2009

NCAA Investigating Vols, Lane has some explaining to do

Tennessee's recruiting practices are under scrutiny by the NCAA, the New York Times reports, with the focus on recruiting bait pretty ladies recruiting hostesses.

More news on this:  HERE , HERE , HERE

From the Times:

The N.C.A.A. is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the University of Tennessee’s football recruiting practices, according to interviews with several prospects, their family members and high school administrators. A significant part of the investigation is focused on the use of recruiting hostesses who have become folk heroes on Tennessee Internet message boards for their ability to help lure top recruits. ...

Interviews with multiple recruits and their family members revealed that the N.C.A.A. has strong interest in Tennessee’s use of recruiting hostesses, students who are part of a formal group at the university that hosts all manner of prospective students at campus visits, including athletes. It is not clear whether the university sent the hostesses to visit the football players.

In one case, hostesses traveled nearly 200 miles to attend a high school game in South Carolina in which at least three Tennessee recruits were playing.

Marcus Lattimore, a running back who made an unofficial visit to Tennessee but said he would not enroll there, said multiple Tennessee hostesses attended a game at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., in September. He said they brought signs, including one that read, “Come to Tennessee.”
I am sure this will be fun to watch and I am sure this will aid the Gamecocks on the recruiting trail.


gamecock man said...

This could get ugly for the Vols. I've been hearing some pretty lurid rumors about this one for a couple of months now. We'll see what happens.

Moose said...

You know that Kiffen and the UT staff are doing some shady stuff in Knoxville. It is only a matter of time before UT is on NCAA probation for something.