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Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

Posted on: August 26, 2009 10:55 pm
I'm shocked. Relieved for Brian Butler, but shocked.

Tennessee freshman Bryce Brown escaped NCAA jail on Wednesday. The association decided not to penalize tailback Bryce Brown after looking into his recruitment. I had written last week that the investigation centered around a former NFL player who had funded an "academic tour" that Brown was a part of in high school. 

Butler had organized the tour and repeatedly said it was on the up and up. Again, I'm glad he was right but I was getting ready to write otherwise. I thought I had discovered a link between that NFL donor and one of the schools that Brown had visited on the tour. By strict definition of the extra benefits rule, the NCAA could have come down hard on Brown. Wenesday's wire story mentioned that the NCAA was getting ready to suspend him for four games.

Do I think the donor was steering Brown toward his old school? Absolutely not. But I've seen the NCAA bring down the hammer for less. This proves that the association, at least in this case, has common sense. A soul? I'll need further metaphysical evidence. 
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Tennessee

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2009 10:12 pm

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

Typical GA Dawg comment. You should carry yourself with the same character and class as your coach. Richt is a class act. Go Vols.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2009 1:43 pm

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

Hey Junkyard,

This had nothing to do with Brown or the University of TN cheating.  TN was not going after the kid his sophomore year in high school and Bryce Brown obviously was not trying to do anything illegal.  This should not have even been a story unless you want to call carwashes and fundraisers for little league trips illegal too!  Bryce Brown from all accounts is a good kid and will be a great player.  And BTW, yes there have been TN players involved in some bad mistakes, but there are bad mistakes at every University across this great land of ours.  It just so happened that Stallworth and Little got in a car drunk.  But no other college football players ever drink, smoke pot or even drive drunk right??

I.E.--see the University of FLorida for 24 arrests in 3 years,,,  Bryce Brown should not and will not be compared to all of these other idiots, regardless of what University they play for. 

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2009 1:23 pm

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

Brimmster doth gloat too much. The Bryce Brown case was different from a solo prospective athlete touring potential college campuses. He was provided with transportation and lodging in a group organized by a person who might or might not have been connected to a certain school. The NCAA thoroughly investigated the situation and decided no rule was violated.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2009 1:18 pm

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

Tennessee did not cheat.  This was something that happened a few years ago.  Know your facts

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2009 11:52 am

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

Obviously you don't mind if the world sees you for the immature jerk that you are.  Shouldn't you be in high school now?

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2009 11:09 am

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul


Can you please provide me with a comment or story (positive) that you have ever written about TN?

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2009 10:10 am

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

Its called lets get the big fish. How many violations can the Ncaa come up with against any school or athelete probably plenty but they want the big headlines so they look for the big fish or the big splash

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2009 9:18 am

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

I guess the reason why my status on here has ropped from a 98 to a 93 over the last few months is due to lack of participation. To be honest with all who read this Dodd is part of the reason why. I just sick of all the snide comments made by the writer when it comes to Tennessee Athletics. Bryce Brown is an amature athlete who took a tour of schools to see where he wanted to play. I did the same thing, even though I was not a DIV I superstar, I played small college baseball. But I did go to a lot of the small colleges around my area and took a look. So should I have been looked into? What about the trumpet player who cant decide on Ole Miss, and Ga he/she takes a tour of the music departments of both schools...Does the committee that runs the music competition come down on this sudent/musician? has everything to do with football, and trying to get money out of schols. If the NCAA can find a reason to ruin kids lives, and fine schools they will go to all extremes to do so. And in the case of Dodd(who I know call the Stalin of Cbssports) we would love to see all players other than Tebo kicked out of college football, and if they play for TN he would like to see them put in jail, or kicked out of the country. Hey Dodd keep up your so called investigative reporting and in the meantime hopefully the rest of the college football fans can just enjoy football this fall!!!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2009 8:02 am

Tennessee catches a break.

The oddest thing about the ill-conceived "investigation" was that the NCAA was focusing solely on Bryce Brown and not a single one of the other 10 or 11 players who were part of the very same academic trip. It would have been extremely wacky had they chosen to punish only Brown (4-game suspension!?) while letting the others get off scot-free. Finally, someone at NCAA headquarters displays a little common sense. The sad thing is that it had to be hammered into him by folks with more rational thought processes who support Brown and other innocent athletes like him. Go Vols!

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2009 7:56 am

Tennessee catches a break. NCAA has a soul

We surpisingly have a spotless record for arrests on this team.  Our superstars usually wait until they get into the pros before getting arrested.Smile

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