Okay, so here are some new rules for the Tennessee athletic department. All student-athletes should avoid bars for the time being, and coaches need to stay off Facebook. Even if they're just tending to their farm or whatever it is you kids are doing on Facebook these days. Both of those activities have led to secondary violations at the school in recent days.
The latest ones come courtesy of head coach Derek Dooley, who, when trying to reply to a recruit via a Facebook message, accidentally posted the message on the player's wall for the whole world to see.
Dooley violated NCAA bylaw 22.214.171.124 on June 3 when he inadvertently posted a message on four-star high school tight end Nick O’Leary’s Facebook wall.
According to the bylaw, “electronically transmitted correspondence that may be sent to a prospective student-athlete (or the prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardians) is limited to electronic mail and facsimiles.”
This secondary violation, coupled with another recently learned self-reported transgression involving 26 football players receiving improper benefits from Bar Knoxville, constitute the first known violations involving the UT football team since Dooley took over as coach in January. Under Lane Kiffin in 2009, the Vols committed at least six secondary violations.
The recruit, Nick O'Leary, also happens to be the grandson of some former golfer. His name is Jack Nicklaus or something like that. After finding out about their mistake and reporting it, Dooley and his staff weren't allowed to contact O'Leary for two weeks, which left his Facebook wall mighty empty and no doubt made him feel incredibly lonely.
As for why Dooley left the message on O'Leary's wall, it seems that it was all a mistake because Dooley knows that was against the rules. It's just he was answering the message on his cell phone and thought he was answering O'Leary's message, not posting it on the wall.
In other words, life at Tennessee is like a bad sitcom that gets inexplicably high ratings. Something we wouldn't know about here at CBS.