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NCAA questions UT basketball staff

Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:32 am
Edited on: September 10, 2010 11:17 am
 
An NCAA official has spoken with Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl and assistant Tony Jones about allegations of excessive contact with recruits, Volquest.com reported early Friday. CBSSports.com has confirmed the report and been told additional staff members have also been questioned about everything from improper phone calls to unofficial visits to the recruitiment of McDonald's All-American Josh Selby.

Selby committed to UT in September 2008, then decommitted in July 2009. He eventually enrolled at Kansas. CBSSports.com reported last month that the NCAA hasn't yet cleared Selby for freshman eligibility because of questions about his amateur status. A source on Friday told CBSSports.com that Selby's case remains unresolved.

NCAA assistant director of enforcement Kristen Matha visited Knoxville and questioned the basketball staff "months ago," a source told CBSSports.com. A separate source described the interviews as preliminary but did not discount the severity that could come from them given that excessive contact is what cost Kelvin Sampson the Indiana job, and it was a big part of the NCAA's investigation at Connecticut that led to the resignations of two assistants.

"We have not received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA," UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton told the Associated Press. "Upon receipt of such a letter, we would release it publicly."

The NCAA has also interviewed current and former UT football coaches and recruits as part of a separate investigation into possible allegations under former coach Lane Kiffin. The university has not received a formal letter of inquiry from the NCAA about that investigation either, though athletic director Mike Hamilton has said he expects one.

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:10 pm
 

NCAA questions UT basketball staff

I think you need to read up on your coach before
you declare his 'cleanliness.'  The guy is a scumbag; always has been and always will be.  They were trying to "peak" in on the basketball program because they were already in town investigating your football program?  That's your defense?  The NCAA doesn't just look around, they tirelessly investigate.  I don't wish any ill-will against your programs or school but I'm not going to feel bad at all for Pearl if something does come out of this.  What goes around comes around.




Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:04 pm
 

NCAA questions UT basketball staff

What's laughable is that their coaches were interviewed by the NCAA months ago and this is the first you hear of it. UK coaches have never been contacted nor has there been any inquiry to UK as to the "Bledsoe situation", but that was headline material for weeks and was deemed worthy of "all that's fit to print" for Thamel at the NYT. The fact that the media still has credibility is due only to the fact that the public isn't interested in the logical truth, they're only interested in what they want to hear. It's sad to think they're are almost no places to get information as to the reality of situations in sports that you're interested in.



Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:00 pm
 

NCAA questions UT basketball staff

Haters gonna hate period. No letter no problem. Only reason why they were there is football and decided to peak in on the BB program just to make sure everything was running clean. Pearl runs a clean program and always has. Nothing new but Parrish reaching for a story. Hubbs said himself he thought there wouldn't be anything come of it and he is the one who broke the story. Go Vols



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:41 pm
 

NCAA questions UT basketball staff

Actually, us UT fans have plenty to talk.  How about winning the east 4 of the past 5 yrs over KY, who is the ever popular "best basketball school ever".  What a joke you guys are.  And read the article.  It states "We have not received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA," UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton told the Associated Press.  So nothing is official yet, but it just shows the type of education you all have.  Learn to read everything in an article, not just what you want to hear.  KY still sucks and we will own them this yr.  GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!! 



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:35 pm
 

NCAA questions UT basketball staff

UT fans officially have no room to talk!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:18 pm
 

NCAA questions UT basketball staff

Karma!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:15 pm
 

NCAA questions UT basketball staff

Hey Bruce... what comes around goes around. Somewhere Deon Thomas is smiling. I hope you get fired, you are a joke.


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