The New York Times is reporting that the NCAA is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the University of Tennessee’s football recruiting practices, according to interviews with several prospects, their family members and high school administrators. A significant part of the investigation is focused on the use of recruiting hostesses who have become folk heroes on Tennessee Internet message boards for their ability to help lure top recruits.
The newspaper said NCAA officials have visited four prospects and are scheduled to visit two others this week in an investigation covering at least three states.
Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton confirmed that an investigation was underway to the newspaper but declined to elaborate.
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