UT baseball also part of NCAA investigation

Six days after the University of Tennessee announced that its football and basketball programs were part of an ongoing NCAA investigation, Athletic Director Mike Hamilton confirmed the baseball program is also part of the probe.

A source familiar with the NCAA investigation says the baseball part of the probe involves two issues, neither of which are believed to be major violations. The source requested anonymity because the investigation has not been completed.

UT officials held a press conference last Friday to reveal the school had received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA following a 17-month investigation.

Hamilton released a list of self-imposed sanctions UT had placed on men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl and the basketball program. Hamilton did not self-impose any penalties against the football program. However, he didn't indicate the baseball program was under investigation during the press conference or in follow-up interviews.

The letter of inquiry served notice that the NCAA enforcement staff is investigating the "possible violations of recruiting and extra-benefit legislation (that) occurred primarily during the 2008-09 through 2009-10 academic years.''

UT baseball coach Todd Raleigh was hired on June 21, 2007.

At least two of the possible violations for which the football team is under investigation are related to an off-campus visit made on Sept. 25, 2009, by two UT hostesses from Orange Pride.

Free drinks provided to UT athletes at Bar Knoxville, the site of a brawl involving athletes on July 9, could also constitute an extra benefits violation, according to UT's associate athletics director for compliance, Brad Bertani.

Hamilton, who replaced Doug Dickey in 2003, said last Friday that he anticipated Pearl would be charged with unethical conduct as a result of misleading testimony that he and his assistant coaches provided in a June 14 interview with the NCAA.

The portion of the interview where Pearl and his assistants were not forthcoming involved a picture of a recruit that was taken at Pearl's home during a Sept. 20, 2008, visit.

Pearl requested a second interview with the NCAA, which was held on Aug. 5, during which he confirmed the improper off-campus contact with the recruit - Ohio State freshman Aaron Craft, who was a junior in high school.

The News Sentinel has since learned that UT freshman Jordan McRae and Kansas freshman Josh Selby were also present at Pearl's home during the same weekend while making unofficial visits their junior year. Also, food and drinks were provided to the players.

Both the off-campus contacts and the food and drinks would constitute NCAA violations.

The sanctions against Pearl and the basketball program were both severe and unprecedented. They include a $1.5 million reduction in Pearl's salary over the next five years and lengthy suspensions of off-campus recruiting privileges for Pearl and his staff beginning Sept. 24.

Hamilton said the NCAA has notified UT that a substantial portion of its investigation has been completed.

Mike Griffith can be reached at 865-342-6289 or griffithm@knoxnews.com.

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UkJarhead writes:

Maybe check out the swimming team???? Steroids in the water????

dpvolfan writes:

Enough is enough Hamilton's got to go

onevol writes:

This athletic department is a wreck. Can we say wide spread corruption? The only thing worse would be having Fulmer replacing Hamilton. Does anyone know if they have a category for ex-athletic directors on monster.com?

OLROCKYTOP writes:

The athletic department is a total debacle with one common denominator. "MIKE HAMILTON"

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

Just further proof that Hamilton didn't, doesn't and won't know what he's doing...

So, Raleigh's be violating rules for three seasons and for three seasons we're still losing?...(insert headshake here)

OTPVol writes:

I didn't know you could be investigated for having a lousy team.

tnalbundy writes:

Even though I believe that KNS is trying to put dread, doom , and gloom into the hearts of the Orange faithful, I still can't help think that Hamilton is not keeping a good watch over his flock. He either needs to tighten the reigns or move on. I don't want secondary violations turning into death penalties.

VOLtage writes:

Good grief. Would somebody please email me an antidepressant.

born2ride writes:

Raise the white flag and surrender to the NCAA.

dvhill100 writes:

15 yards against the NCAA for piling on.

MrBamSeydu writes:

Keep fueling the fire KNS.

buzz29 writes:

I think women's rowing is next. They are simply looking too sexy.

nocleats writes:

The baseball violations will be the biggest and worst. Just be ready..

kevin151 writes:

So who does Mike Hamilton's yearly performance review? I'd love to see that one....

budd#207344 writes:

in response to UofTNFan:

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But if I don't act like a drama queen now when do I get the chance?

VOLliven2it writes:

BIG SURPRISE(wink), now who is it that is really in charge of the athletics programs at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville?

TDTennesseeisfree writes:

Fire Hamilton, Pearl and Raleigh....all of them.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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Oh my God, I think he's right!!! The NCAA is going to give us the death penalty in all sports. We will be reduced to watching rugby!!. The sky is falling. The sky is falling! Oh my my boyfriend left me oh NOOOOOO
JT17 you are a true internet idiot

GatorintheKnox writes:

Lack of Institutional Control?

chl1958 writes:

Hey KNS,I was on campus yesterday and spit my chewing gum on the grass! This writer qualifies to write an article on that, particularly when he personifies the last word in the foregoing sentence with the first two consonants omitted!

arkyvol writes:

i'll agree this far: vols baseball is a crime.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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You evidently have the long-term memory of your average cocker spaniel. Turn back the clock between the yrs of 1995-2006. You think Bammer fans weren't calling for Mal Moore's head for all the bad coaching hires and NCAA trouble? Next time brush up on your facts before you decide to make yourself look foolish.

CRFVols writes:

Worthless article. The headline tells you as much as the article.

Knoxvillian86 writes:

I believe this spells the end for Hamilton.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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Paying thousands of dollars for a recruit is "minor"? Why don't you ask any Bama fan on here if their trouble post-Stallings, pre-Saban was "minor". What UT is facing is troubling and probably will result in some stiff penalties but in no way compares to the Albert Means scandal at Bama. BTW, they looked damn FOOLISH during the whole thing. They were hammered by the NCAA for that and didn't recover until Saban arrived.
Dubose, Shula, Price and Franchione(sp?)plus NCAA trouble and Moore survived all that by unloading the bank on Saban.
No program is immune to trouble but don't think that UT is the first or last program to be embarrassed by NCAA scandal.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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Fine, my mistake on the timeline.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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Find some of my previous posts concerning how serious I think this is. By the way, I don't own blinders.

Volnbeerfan writes:

Fire Mike Hamilton!!

rudy123 writes:

in response to Makeing_The_Call:

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What chance do we have of Health S. coming to U.T. to fix Hamilton's mess ups????

budd#207344 writes:

in response to rudy123:

What chance do we have of Health S. coming to U.T. to fix Hamilton's mess ups????

You want a congressman to clean up a mess?
HAHAHA that's funny

bryan14 writes:

We have problems with the football program, basketball team & now baseball seems to be in troble. If Mike Hamilton had hired Dave Serrano when he was asking to become the head Vols skipper we would not be having baseball problems. But no Mke didn't want to pay the going rate to hire a top flight baseball coach so he went and got Todd Raleigh and look where the program is now. Every season when Cal State Fullerton is playing in the NCAA College World Series our players are left to have a few liquid refreshments and watch the games at some establishment down on the strip.

Why would we ever consider hiring Fulmer as the AD when he has zero experience running a multi million dollar business. That would be the same as hiring a physics professor to be the defensive line coach just because he liked football. If you want to have Fulmer help with raising funds for the University of Tennessee that would be great but to become the AD would not be a prudent move.

Mule_Days_King writes:

Taking off work early to do a little fishing at my old stomping grounds at Pickwick Lake. Hope everyone has a safe trip to the game and back. Hopefully we can all celebrate a victory tomorrow evening. GO VOLS!!!

volfan8#549730 writes:

Hamilton Fired Delmonico and hired Raleigh why?

siscownage writes:

Call me crazy.... But Pat Summit for AD!

pdowned writes:

in response to onevol:

This athletic department is a wreck. Can we say wide spread corruption? The only thing worse would be having Fulmer replacing Hamilton. Does anyone know if they have a category for ex-athletic directors on monster.com?

Yeah, it would be really awful to have a guy such as Fulmer who has given the better part of his life and career to UTK running the AD. Particularly since he apparently was able to run a clean program for over 16 years and win a national championship without bringing the NCAA to Knoxville to camp out and investigate everything imaginable related to our athletic programs.

BufordTJustice writes:

Well, that about wraps it up..... "Lack Of Institutional Control" coming our way... Thanks, Hamilton!

BufordTJustice writes:

in response to rudy123:

What chance do we have of Health S. coming to U.T. to fix Hamilton's mess ups????

Heath Shuler was the dumbest qb ever to play at UT. Former coaches have talked about how they had to water down the playbook even his junior yr so he could understand it.

Southland writes:

It has got to the point that reading the obituary column is more fun than reading about UT sports. At lease in the obituaries I can read about a yankee's departure everyonce in a while which is a bright spot

TKO writes:

How can you have a losing record and Raleigh as your baseball manager and be in trouble. Good god. This is bad. What's next, the ushers? we took their coke and hot dog away, was that internal sanctions?

TKO writes:

in response to siscownage:

Call me crazy.... But Pat Summit for AD!

You aint's crazy, but she aint dumb. I don't think she would touch it a 100ft pole right now.

pherron writes:

Please note...if you fire Hamilton and bring in Phil Fulmer as AD....you will lose most of your fan base! Count on it!!!!

flafan2001 writes:

To all 2 and 2.5 star recruits. This is the right place at the right time for you. Help rebuild this program, please.

martinvol34 writes:

in response to onevol:

This athletic department is a wreck. Can we say wide spread corruption? The only thing worse would be having Fulmer replacing Hamilton. Does anyone know if they have a category for ex-athletic directors on monster.com?

Just don't read this stuff anymore. Do you really believe that this is anything more than a witch hunt by the NCAA because Kiffin was at USC when all their violations occured and he stirred a sh*t storm at Tennessee but don't think for one minute Fulmer and Peterson and all the men's programs didn't fudge to get us to the glory days. So get off Hamilton and tell the Knox pooper to find something more positive to write about.

martinvol34 writes:

and if the baseball team is cheating, how pathetic is that.

martinvol34 writes:

and other than basketball, it would sure be hard for the NCAA to prove that we've gained a competitive advantage over any other school now wouldn't it....

Einstein writes:

It is a disgrace that the baseball team is being investigated the way they play. If you are going to cheat at least do it the correct way and get something for it. Mike Hamilton hired Todd Raleigh when we already had a better coach. He hired Lane Kiffin when we had Phil Fulmer.

MIKE HAMILTON MUST GO NOW AND DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT HIM IN THE BUTT ON THE WAY OUT.

mytrifecta writes:

At least the basketball and football teams had some success. Raleigh sucks so bad he can't even cheat and win. Also, at what point is Hamilton's feet held to the fire for this complete lack of control?

volfollower writes:

in response to bryan14:

We have problems with the football program, basketball team & now baseball seems to be in troble. If Mike Hamilton had hired Dave Serrano when he was asking to become the head Vols skipper we would not be having baseball problems. But no Mke didn't want to pay the going rate to hire a top flight baseball coach so he went and got Todd Raleigh and look where the program is now. Every season when Cal State Fullerton is playing in the NCAA College World Series our players are left to have a few liquid refreshments and watch the games at some establishment down on the strip.

Why would we ever consider hiring Fulmer as the AD when he has zero experience running a multi million dollar business. That would be the same as hiring a physics professor to be the defensive line coach just because he liked football. If you want to have Fulmer help with raising funds for the University of Tennessee that would be great but to become the AD would not be a prudent move.

I agree with you. We need to get a proven coach like Serrano in here. He has won every where he's been. Let's get through another year of less than what we expect from Vol standards and clean house. I'm officially starting a "hire Dave Serrano" campaign. We need to get instant credibility back in our baseball program.

TitanVU writes:

Jamestown17...you're right about when Mal Moore came to 'Bama, but not about his record...his football hires: Dennis Fran-phony(one and done); Mike Price (none and done...too busy at the bars); Mike Shula (hired as a sacrificial lamb, squeaky clean image, fired one year after a 10 win season), and FINALLY Nick Saban....basically, even a blind squirrel stumbles upon a nut once in a while. I mean he hit a home run, but he's batting .250.
Does anyone know more specifics about the baseball inquiry & alleged violations?

tneagle writes:

in response to dpvolfan:

Enough is enough Hamilton's got to go

I like our AD and our coaches. Go Vols!

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