The possibility of receiving a letter of inquiry to investigate Tennessee for NCAA violations still exists.
It doesn’t appear to be in the mail yet, though.
An ESPN.com story citing a source Friday indicated the Vols were expecting an official letter, though UT athletic director Mike Hamilton clarified the circumstances in an impromptu meeting with a handful of media on Friday.
“I think, based upon what I know right now, that there’s a possibility we will get a letter of inquiry,” Hamilton said.
“We’ve not had one yet, and as I acknowledged earlier, we’ve publicly acknowledged that the NCAA has been looking into some potential allegations during Coach (Lane) Kiffin’s time here. Obviously at this point there hasn’t been a conclusion to that. We’ll see, but I think that is a possibility.”
That outcome is nothing new, and in some ways UT has had the same expectation since contact with the NCAA was made last year relating to possible improper use of hostesses in recruiting under Kiffin during his one season.
Holdovers from that staff — Lance Thompson and Jim Chaney — were questioned by the NCAA last spring and ESPN.com confirmed that former UT assistant Eddie Gran had been as well, though whether UT is being investigated for more than the Orange Pride issue could not be addressed specifically by Hamilton.
UT has not self-reported any additional violations by Kiffin past the six that have been made public. New coach Derek Dooley has a clean record of compliance since taking over the Vols in January, according to Hamilton.
“They originally came to us to talk to us about allegations related to the hostess situation last fall,” Hamilton said. “I don’t know the specifics of their lines of questioning with the folks that they’ve talked to, but I’m sure once the NCAA begins to look into anything, certainly everything is fair game in terms of their line of questioning.
“I’m not privy to that specific information, but I would imagine if they had knowledge or reason to believe there might have been things to question, certainly they would be doing that.”