Lacey Pearl Earps, a recruiting hostess who was the captain of Orange Pride, says she was interviewed by the NCAA amid possible recruiting violations by the Tennessee football team under former coach Lane Kiffin.
Earps told the News Sentinel in a Facebook chat Wednesday that she wasn't the only Orange Pride member interviewed by National Collegiate Athletic Association representatives.
"Other members were interviewed as well," Earps wrote.
Orange Pride is a group mostly comprised of female students that is responsible for entertaining recruits on campus visits, among other duties.
Earps did not respond when asked if Dahra Johnson, who along with Earps was photographed with UT recruits last September, was interviewed. She also did not disclose when the NCAA interview took place.
When Earps was asked if she would be interviewed about the events that led to the NCAA investigation, she declined.
"I really appreciate the opportunity, but I'd rather wait until the investigation is over to talk about it," Earps wrote.
Earps has graduated from UT and lists her hometown as Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The New York Times reported Dec. 9 the NCAA was investigating claims that hostesses were showing up at UT prospects' games. A day later UT confirmed that an NCAA review was under way.
On Dec. 11, a photo taken by Andy Staples of SI.com showed Earps and Johnson posing with UT commitments Brandon Willis and Corey Miller of Byrnes High School at a football game in Duncan, S.C.
Miller signed with UT in February, but Willis changed his commitment and signed with North Carolina.
If Earps and Johnson attended the game as members of Orange Pride, it would have been a violation of NCAA rules because they were considered UT representatives - expected to adhere to the same standards and limitations of contact with prospects as football coaches.
The severity of the violation is dependent upon whether the hostesses were directed to attend the game by UT's football department.
If the two attended the game on their own, the transgression would likely be considered a secondary violation.
On Friday, UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said the possibility of receiving a letter of inquiry from the NCAA over recruiting violations still exists. The letter would detail what the NCAA would be looking at specifically.
"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."
Holdovers by coach Derek Dooley from Kiffin's 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 interviewed as well.
Kiffin, who is his first year as coach at Southern California, said Friday that he was not concerned about possible NCAA recruiting violations during his 14-month tenure at Tennessee.
"I have great confidence in what we did there, that we didn't do anything wrong," Kiffin said.
Tennessee self-reported six minor recruiting violations by Kiffin and his staff.
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