Charles Miller watched the news coverage all day.
Countless times he saw the national media report on the NCAA's investigation on Tennessee hostesses traveling to Duncan, S.C., to see his son, Corey Miller, and fellow defensive end prospect Brandon Willis.
Charles Miller was ready Wednesday to clear the air. First, he stated the obvious: young men like young girls.
As for the implication that UT's football program sent the hostesses to Byrnes High School as recruiters, Miller said nothing could be farther from the truth.
"Nobody put these girls on these boys," Miller said. "It wasn't like they came to our boys. Our boys started talking to them."
The initial conversations between UT hostesses and two highly rated prospects began in Knoxville, Miller said, when his son and Willis visited UT's campus in June.
"They became friends," the elder Miller said.
Perhaps more. Miller said he's not sure if his son is dating one of the unnamed hostesses in question, but said the two have kept in contact.
"I know they talk an awful lot," Miller said. "I don't know if he calls it dating or not. I don't think there's anything wrong."
Miller said he was nearby when his son invited the hostess to Duncan while on UT's campus.
"They asked them, 'Why don't you come watch us play some Friday?' '' Miller said.
As for the visit, Miller maintained the hostesses came as fans, not UT representatives.
"They didn't wear Tennessee colors," Miller said. "They were dressed very nice, like ladies dress."
Miller said his son and Willis parted ways with the two hostesses after the game. Miller said Byrnes players met for a post-game meal as they usually do.
As for the girls, "I don't know where they went," he said.
Miller also said he never saw the poster the UT hostesses were reported to have carried that read 'Come to Tennessee'. Instead, he saw a poster with Corey Miller and Brandon Willis' name on it.
Miller was befuddled by the fact UT's hostesses must have limited contact with prospects just because they are considered representatives of UT.
"You're going to tell people they can't be friends because of whatever school they go to?" Miller said.
Miller said he believes the girls visited Byrnes High School on Sept. 25, 11 days after his son and Willis committed to UT.
"They already said that's where they were going," Charles Miller said. "So how can that be a violation? It wasn't like those girls came down and all the sudden they changed their mind."
Miller said he has no idea who would have turned UT in, that Byrnes is covered up with college football recruiters most every Friday night during the season.
When asked if UT head coach Lane Kiffin may have been targeted by rival schools for some of his brash, public comments, Miller said, "Let me tell you something. I met Lane Kiffin. Now, everybody has different personalities. Because his personality is different doesn't make him wrong. I like him. I like him a lot. Football is a man's sport. He's a fiery coach and I like that."
Miller said UT was a far different place under former coach Phillip Fulmer.
"When I first came to visit, that was the last place I wanted my son to go," Miller said. "It was so laid back - no fire in the belly. When Lane Kiffin and his crew were there, I noticed a difference right off the bat. He might pop off and say a few things and ruffle a few feathers; I'm cool with that. Some people don't like that."
Miller said he's concerned that the NCAA investigation could prevent his son from enrolling at UT, as he planned to do in January.
"I'm concerned about what you don't know," he said. "We're new at this. We don't know what to expect."
At this time, there's no reason to believe the NCAA would deal out such a harsh penalty. That could largely depend on how involved UT's football program was in their hostesses' road trip.
Miller's desire is clear. He said his 6-foot-4, 225-pound son will honor his UT commitment.
"No deviation in the plan," Charles Miller said.
Willis doesn't seem so sure.
He told PalmettoSports.com on Wednesday that his commitment is "medium."
"I wouldn't say soft, I wouldn't say firm. It's in between," the 6-3, 255-pounder said.
Willis told the South Carolina Web site that he had talked to UT's staff about the NCAA investigation.
"Nothing that happened was inappropriate," he said. "Of course, they are going to investigate because things like that happen. But, the things that happened, none of that was illegal."
Willis said the NCAA investigation won't have an affect on the decision-making process for his college choice.
Willis is rated as the 88th best prospect in the nation by Scout and the 41st best prospect in the nation per Rivals.
Miller ranks 80th and 27th best in the nation, according to Scout and Rivals, respectively.