Former Vol, Pigeon Forge High coach allegedly solicited student

Lawyer says Briscoe will fight charge

Josh Briscoe

Photo by Paul Efird

Josh Briscoe

A former University of Tennessee football player arrested Thursday on a charge of soliciting a sexual favor from a 15-year-old student is innocent of any wrongdoing, his lawyer said Thursday.

Police allege Joshua Briscoe, 23, who was coaching at Pigeon Forge High School, sent an inappropriate text message to one of the players on the team.

Briscoe's attorney, Joe Baker, said this afternoon that his client plans to fight the charge in court.

"He adamantly denies the allegation and looks forward to clearing his good name in court," Baker said. "Josh has been involved in a lot of leadership roles and activities and is a fine young man."

Baker declined to comment on specific details of the case.

Briscoe, who lives in Pigeon Forge, surrendered to officers with the Pigeon Forge Police Department to face a charge of solicitation of a minor by an authority figure. He was released from jail after posting a $7,500 bond. Briscoe, who resigned from his position, is scheduled to appear Sept. 21 in Sevier County General Sessions Court.

Briscoe is accused of sending an inappropriate text message to a member of the Pigeon Forge High School football team on Aug. 20, according to court records.

According to the arrest warrant, the message stated, "You owe me a lil [sic] action for going off like that," and then suggested a particular sexual favor.

"This statement directly places Mr. Briscoe stating that (the player) owed Mr. Briscoe a sexual favor for 'going off,' " Pigeon Forge Police Department Investigator Rene Kendall wrote in a report.

Kendall said Thursday that he speculates the "going off" comment referred to "some kind of attitude" the player exhibited that Briscoe witnessed.

Kendall said his investigation hasn't uncovered any other improper conduct between Briscoe and the player. "There is no indication of anything other than what I've reported between them," Kendall said.

The player's father declined to comment Thursday.

Court records show that, as a condition of Briscoe's release from jail, he is to have no contact with the victim or the victim's family and he must stay away from the victim's home or "any other location where the victim is likely to be."

Briscoe was in his first year as an assistant coach at Pigeon Forge High School, according to Debra Cline, spokeswoman for Sevier County Schools.

Cline said Briscoe resigned Tuesday.

"He was a teacher assistant and assistant football coach at Pigeon Forge High School," Cline wrote in a press release. "The Sevier County School System is working closely with the Pigeon Forge Police Department as they continue an investigation."

Briscoe lettered at UT from 2005-2008. He caught 79 passes for 866 yards and eight touchdowns in his career. He had five career starts.

His best season was in 2007 when he snagged 56 passes, including six touchdowns.

He was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and earlier this year blogged about his training regimen for a possible shot at pro football at govolsxtra.com, the News Sentinel's Web site devoted to UT sports.

Briscoe was recruited to UT from Lawndale, N.C.

J.J. Stambaugh may be reached at 865-342-6307. Don Jacobs may be reached at 865-342-6345. Sports writer Mike Strange contributed to this report.

Get Copyright Permissions © 2009, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
Want to use this article? Click here for options!

© 2009 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 18

FWBVol writes:

I hope this is just a case of a text message sent in jest without Briscoe thinking about what the message he was sending. It seems if the charge was serious and the authorities deemed him to be a real threat the bond would be higher than $7,500.

AceVentura writes:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

ClassicVol (Inactive) writes:

What has this got to do with the sports page? Should be on the front page of the news.

CoverOrange writes:

Briscoe has a blog on GVX? Who knew?

lomas98 writes:

in response to AceVentura:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You can make jokes like that with your friends, but if you are a teacher you should not say it to an underage student. That is not good judgement on Briscoe's part, IF he did it. If the student was upset I'm sure there were alternative methods Mr. Briscoe could have used.

vol88 writes:

in response to AceVentura:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

If he did that (and I'm saying IF) it was a horribly poor decision. Yeah, you can say stuff like that to your friends as a joke, but in a position of authority you can't say it to a subordinate of any kind, especially a minor.

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You're just jealous b/c he didn't send you text after you got upset over UT hiring Kiffin and not Sanders...

off_the_porch writes:

in response to AceVentura:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Hey AceVentura - I hope that you are not serious about your post. This was a coach texting to one of his players. We do not know what was in the text message but taking yours on face value, that is nothing to joke about. Any reasonable adult would know better than that. I would hope that you would also.

doctorfingervol writes:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

bigorange61 writes:

in response to VOLstuckINky:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

VOLstuckINky.....ever heard of slander? Be thankful your comment was removed.

ctownvol writes:

I don't care if it was a bad joke gone horribly wrong. As a teacher/coach it is totally unacceptable to make any such comment or suggestion to a minor under your supervision. Inexcusable.

CalPoly_Vol_Fan writes:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

CalPoly_Vol_Fan writes:

Oh wait...that sounded bad.

bigorange61 writes:

in response to 6daysOver:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I'm not following you very well. Where does the high school football player come into the picture? Do they have girls on the team?

I agree 100 percent that people should wait until the facts come in. Innocent until proven guilty is a cornerstone of our legal system.

TommyJack writes:

We're talking about a man's future here. Let's wait on the facts. Good grief.

bigorange61 writes:

in response to 6daysOver:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

So your story is just a "possible scenario"? It read like you actually knew something. My bad I guess.

lomas98 writes:

in response to 6daysOver:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

With the student being a football player I assume it is a boy.

BigOrangeinCharge writes:

Sounds like he made a dumb remark telling the kid to "suck my ______." I doubt it was a joke as much as it was a taunt, but either way, it doesn't sound like he was actually propositioning the student. Still a stupid, stupid, stupid move, but then Briscoe was never known for his maturity...

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features