Infractions at Chattanooga similar to UT

NCAA gives Mocs two-year probation

An NCAA infractions report released Thursday issued two years of probation to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and raised the specter of athletic programs at UT Knoxville being headed for the same fate.

The Vols athletic program hasn't been on NCAA probation since serving a two-year sentence from Sept. 18, 1991, through Sept. 17, 1993, for violations involving former coach Johnny Majors' football program.

The NCAA charged the Vols with six recruiting violations at that time while accepting UT's self-imposed penalty of a reduction of 10 football scholarships. Former UT football assistant Jack Sells, who was involved in most of the violations, was fired as a result of the investigation.

The Mocs' case centered around a series of impermissible phone calls and text messages to prospects. Football and men's basketball were the primary violators, while women's basketball and men's tennis were involved at a considerably lesser degree.

According to the Chattanooga school's website, the improper contacts were secondary in nature, however, "grouped together, the NCAA Committee on Infractions considers them a major violation.''

The committee on infractions report, obtained by the News Sentinel, determined the institution failed to properly monitor coaches' communications with recruits and basketball coach John Shulman "did not promote an atmosphere of compliance," and Shulman "at times . . . did not protect the integrity of the (NCAA) investigation.''

Chattanooga's probation doesn't include a postseason ban.

This, even though the report states "some of the impermissible communications provided more than a minimal recruiting advantage,'' and, "many, if not most of these communications, were not inadvertent.''

As part of the summary disposition, the Mocs' self-imposed men's basketball sanctions included a loss of one scholarship for the 2010-2011 season, and the staff wasn't allowed to have contact with recruits during a 17-week period from Nov. 2009 to March 2010.

Chattanooga received its letter of inquiry on Aug. 5, 2009, and the investigation proceeded with phone audits, self-reports and self-imposed sanctions leading up to Thursday's report.

The current NCAA investigation into the Vols evolved on Sept. 10 with a letter of inquiry informing the school of the enforcement staff's investigation into the football, men's basketball and baseball programs.

The investigation into Vols football apparently centers around an improper visit to a high school football game by a since-disbanded UT hostess group. Little has been learned about the nature of the investigation into baseball.

The basketball investigation is considerably more transparent. Documents obtained by the News Sentinel from UT through public records requests chronicle a series of secondary violations that ultimately could add up to a major violation(s).

Vols athletic director Mike Hamilton revealed in a Sept. 10 press conference that men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his assistant coaches provided false and misleading testimony in their initial interview with the NCAA on June 14 as it pertained to a photo of Pearl with a former recruit taken at Pearl's home.

UT issued numerous severe, unprecedented self-imposed sanctions that include a $1.5 million reduction in Pearl's salary and a one-year suspension of off-campus recruiting privileges along with many other recruiting limitations and restrictions on Pearl and his staff.

Hamilton said he anticipates an unethical conduct charge despite the fact Pearl requested a second interview with the NCAA, held Aug. 5, in which he disclosed details involving the photo and improper off-campus visit.

An unethical conduct charge of that nature would likely constitute a major violation.

The basketball cases at Chattanooga and Tennessee are similar in that they both involve a comparable amount of improper phone contacts.

The Chattanooga men's basketball staff was found to have made a total of 84 impermissible contacts (61 calls, 23 text messages) over a 16-month period between May 2008 and August 2009.

The Vols basketball staff made 97 impermissible contacts - all calls - in a 21-month span between October 2007 and July 2009.

Tennessee also had a violation involving an assistant coach misapplying the 48-hour official visit rule to the parents of three prospects after they checked into a hotel hours earlier than expected during official visits in the fall of 2009. The violations involving the hotel are secondary in and of themselves.

The letter of inquiry the Vols received on Sept. 10 informed UT the NCAA's enforcement staff plans to have its investigation complete in Dec. 2010, at which point it is expected to deliver the letter of allegations.

From there, the case goes into the summary disposition process and ultimately before the committee on infractions. It's likely UT won't receive its findings from the committee on infractions any earlier than April of 2011.

According to the NCAA website, there are 147 athletic programs that are subject to penalties in the 2009-10 year with men's basketball leading the way (31) followed by football (26), men's track (20, indoor/outdoor) and baseball (16).

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Volencheaters writes:

See if Bruce did not lie, than this would be no big deal at all. Maybe a paragraph mentioned on ESPN, and a tit bit on the bottome line for 12 hours. The phone calls is nothing, the recruits arriving before their visit is nothing, but when you lie, well that is. These are so minor, makes you wonder why he tried to cover it up in the first place?

Brillovol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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The money penalties on the coaches is severe, unusual (unprecedented, I think) and will carry some weight. I'm with you that he stays. I'm not so convinced Tony Jones hangs around much longer, though. Given the comparison to UTC, I'd say the 2 year probation is a given.

tennezz writes:

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I think the basketball team gets a major and the football team gets a minor!

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

Someday I see entire conferences leaving the NCAA. College sports are all about money, and the NCAA is hurting the college's ability to make that money.

That will only last so long.

ChurchHillVol67 (Inactive) writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

Someday I see entire conferences leaving the NCAA. College sports are all about money, and the NCAA is hurting the college's ability to make that money.

That will only last so long.

One little question for you. Who do you think governs the NCAA? I'll go ahead and answer that for you. It's the presidents of the university's. So there will be no leaving the NCAA.

vol98champ writes:

The NCAA is a lot like the IRS. Their main goal is to scare you into compliance. The problem with that is, if you try to run a clean program, you report your mistakes and if you run a dirty program you do everything to cover it up. I do not believe UT is dirty, but I'm reasonably sure there are many other programs that are.

GreerVol22 writes:

It's like this, some bad stuff happened, some bad punishment will come. The only hope is that we stay squeaky clean from hear on out. We just gotta hope Dooley and Pearl don't fall asleep....like during fake punts for instance...

ODA751 writes:

I don't buy that UT and UTC have similar violations. I read the basketball report. The thing that I noticed is that the phone calls were very minor and that there hasn't been another violation since the new software has been installed in 2009. This shows that UT had a problem and they are now mitigating that problem. As far as football goes, who knows? Maybe the NCAA will find more stuff and maybe not. If it turns out that the only infraction is the girls going to a football game, then I think we'll be OK. No dirty money or gifts. I'd hate to think the NCAA would put an institution on probation for something as minor as this.
Last thing. If ESPN gets a chance to bash UT, they will. I am sold that there are certain commentators on ESPN that hold a grudge.

Jesus1Family2Career3Vols4 writes:

Listen guys all in all these issues, if this all in both football and basketball, then we will be OK. Two years probation is tough; but I believe it is coming in basketball. Football might be OK. Depends on what the gals at Orange Pride told the NCAA. If they were told by Lane or his staff to do what they did then who knows. Otherwise we might be OK.

Lets hope all this negative stuff is now out in the open and there are no surprises yet to be made public. If CBP, Mike Hamilton have all told us the 100% truth I am optimistic this worst is in our rear view mirror.

Go Vols!

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to ChurchHillVol67:

One little question for you. Who do you think governs the NCAA? I'll go ahead and answer that for you. It's the presidents of the university's. So there will be no leaving the NCAA.

Why the sarcastic, ugly tone?? Can't communicate without being a dlck??

No kidding the prez's govern it. However, that doesnt' meant the prez's in one area have different motives from those in another.

You want to discuss facts, discuss. Take your tude and stick it.

OTPVol writes:

OK, anyone hates to have to punish themselves, but I think we as volunteers need to set the standard and be an example for programs nationwide. Due to the past infractions and the personnel in charge when they occurred, I believe the following self-imposed penalties will square us with the NCAA:

1. An un-anesthsized vasectomy for Lane Kiffin performed with a dull butter knife by a chimpanzee in heat.
2. Monte Kiffin has to serve three unrecompensed years for a division 8A high school in Alaska.
3. Ed Ogeron has to proactively donate his body to science for the burgeoning program "Brain Surgery By The Blind".
4. Layla has to do a continuous stint of live nude video feed for GVX.

Then I think we could call it even.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

nadavol:
why all the shouting and screaming??? You seem to have a pretty huge chip about UT athletics, why even be here???

ON a side note: it's interesting how over time, a few kid's need for constant attention has skewed the system. I have a kid being recruited...and she HATES the constant calls. Doesn't need constant reinforcement of 'oh we love you come here'. Her, and many like her, actually just turn off their cells so they can get schoolwork done.

In short, an initial conversation, follow-up texts, and once per month conversations would suffice.

But, remember Nuke Richardson and Kiffin and Urban?? It's cr@p like that stuff that drives what coaches do; kids like Richardson need someone kissing their butts every 2 seconds.

This is no one-way street; coaches are at fault, but so are many of the kids. It gets messy fast.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to VOLstuckINky:

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You read the thing about HP, Oracle, and Hurd, right?? At HP, Hurd "had to go!!!! Fire Mark Hurd!!!"

Larry Ellison at Oracle: 'you guys are idiots; I'm hiring him NOW'

Point is, making emotional or politically-correct decisions do not usually work out. Hamilton has a boss, leave it to Hamilton's boss to evaluate him. He/she has access to many more facts than you or I.

Sort of like Bama firing Mal Moore because their men's basketball programs suck...and ignoring that little thing called 'football'.

Hamilton MAY need firing, but I'd say leave it to UT admin and UT boosters to decide.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

I still think the best thing for Bruce to do:

-hire a full-time basketball recruiting coordinator out of HIS salary package
-some sort of self-imposed restrictions or punishment, something not related to the university

Bruce has been great for UT basketball, and for SEC basketball. Too damned bad this is going on.

Volencheaters writes:

I think the phone calls and minor violations at Chatanooga are similair. But the head coach at Chatanooga did not lie. Also self imposed sactions. Lord. Bruce cant recruit off campus, but that didnt start until the current period was over. just days after his tear/cry fest he was in memphis. if he was serious he would of stopped then, that day that momnent. Not two weeks or so after. Its one thing to make a mistake and lie and then another to play the NCAA like Bruce is. However, I do admit losing $1.5 million is worthwile, thats not what caused the problem however.

TennesseeTater writes:

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My daddy wants to know how many screen names Phil has.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

If we wind up with severe sanctions over this, athletic departments need to stop self-imposing penalties, as it seems to have little effect on the NCAA. The pay cuts actually impose penalties on the guilty COACHES--something the NCAA NEVER does. Maybe the NCAA should learn something from our approach to penalties.

huntined#565710 writes:

Pearl and the other coaches messed up and we will get hit for it..Don't know how bad but when you do these things the school must pay the price. Tenn is no different then any other school when it comes to punishment you mess up and get caught you pay for it period. We all were mad when KIFF got us bad publicity but feel it is o.k. for Pearl to do it. Both of them have hurt our program and two wrong's don't make a right.

99gator writes:

The main problem is the ut officials, not the violations.

Pearl's lie will cost him. Don't know how severe.

The football staff darn well knew the hostesses were going to games.

Don't know how severe the punishment will be for that.

99gator writes:

I meant to add that I have no doubt in my mind those hostesses were paid by someone to be there too.

They didn't pay for food, gas, and whatever other expenses and give up their friday night out of love and devotion to tennessee

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Really dissapointed in BP. Most of us will tell a little white lie when caught with our hand in the cookie jar. However, most of us will confess immediately and aks for forgiveness when we are caught in something serious, or at least that has been my observation. We expected BP to be as clean as he tried to appear. I know he is only human but man did he let us down, players,administrators,parents,and fans while opening the door for continuing criticism of UT for years to come. Yes BP has done great things for UT but UT has done much more for BP. Most of us will never build a two million dollar house. I surely hope it is not a glass or paper house.....Most of us knew what Kiffin was and is but we really thought that BP was way above the Caliparies of the Basketball World. Really hurts to get caught with your hand in the cookie jar when all those other invisible hands are getting the best cookies..

99gator writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Doin' fine.

Wondering how hamilton still has a job

voloffaith writes:

in response to Volencheaters:

See if Bruce did not lie, than this would be no big deal at all. Maybe a paragraph mentioned on ESPN, and a tit bit on the bottome line for 12 hours. The phone calls is nothing, the recruits arriving before their visit is nothing, but when you lie, well that is. These are so minor, makes you wonder why he tried to cover it up in the first place?

Let's see you just started using the screen name two days ago....hmmmm. Who got banned and had to reinvent herself to keep the rant alive? Who is your team? Is this the pot calling the kettle Black?

On topic, the similarities between Mocs and Vols violations are there. Nc2a will want knock the bigger boy down. Also remember beezbol also in the mix of reviews.

SIMSVOL writes:

Nadavol - what a moron. Don't you have better things to do. My car needs washing if you have that much time on your hands.

everydayisorange writes:

in response to NadaVol:

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If you have FACTS about this please release them so everyone will know. If you are pulling this stuff out your backside then by all means continue so everyone will know what a dumba@x you are. KNS cannot wait to release anything bad about UT so if nothing else comes out from them it is over. I know the NCAA has yet to rule, but be assured KNS will report as soon as they get any report.

huntined#565710 writes:

Off subject but for those that live in FLA and has Brighthouse you can get the TENN-ALA BIR game on wofl -3 at 12.00

NoSirRee writes:

If there's any time to be on probation its now. We might not even notice, haha.

Ironcity writes:

in response to NadaVol:

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Since your at it maybe they should shut down the University as well. Your such an idiot but keep posting. If losers like you weren't on hear it would mean our program had regressed.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

If there's any time to be on probation its now. We might not even notice, haha.

That's actually pretty funny....

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Since your at it maybe they should shut down the University as well. Your such an idiot but keep posting. If losers like you weren't on hear it would mean our program had regressed.

iron,
I can't figure out the motives for nada's posts, either.

If you are 'nada' fan, why would you bother?? I more understand those who are angry fans. I also 'get' the guys who are so skinned they bleed at any thing they even feel HINTS at a criticism.

But, to harp on a program you hate on THEIR site?? Odd.

I've always gotten the feeling guys like 99gator, catscratchfever, farrugut...they all kindo like UT sports, just have other 'faves'.

iowavol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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I think you missed the dudes point. Your posts are good and typically spot on. Don't get arrogant.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

iron,
I can't figure out the motives for nada's posts, either.

If you are 'nada' fan, why would you bother?? I more understand those who are angry fans. I also 'get' the guys who are so skinned they bleed at any thing they even feel HINTS at a criticism.

But, to harp on a program you hate on THEIR site?? Odd.

I've always gotten the feeling guys like 99gator, catscratchfever, farrugut...they all kindo like UT sports, just have other 'faves'.

Inferiority complex. A fairly common disease in these parts.

iowavol writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Since your at it maybe they should shut down the University as well. Your such an idiot but keep posting. If losers like you weren't on hear it would mean our program had regressed.

Iron, the dude is an idiot, most of us I assume would agree. But if you are going to call some one an idiot, do it without so many incorrect words.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Don't fully believe that NCAA won't attempt to make some relatively small violations across multiple programs into the dreaded Lack of Institutional Control violation and slap penalties across the board. BP will survive but tainted and Hammy is just around for now to twist in the wind until the gust from the storm that's brewing tightens the rope.
BTW, WD, it ain't arrogance when you got the facts.

ODA751 writes:

in response to NadaVol:

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So you have proof Nothing Vol? You must be in-the-know. Pre-paid cell phones, money, gifts, sounds like you're either from Memphis or Lexington. So the reason the NCAA hasn't discovered anything like this is because they're still investigating. Hmm. Talk about living in a dream world. GoVols should really go back to being a paid site to keep the children off of it.

Volencheaters writes:

UK clean as a whistle during Bledsoe investigation. Birmingham school says grade was correct. Where does the crow buffet start for you losers??!?!? Please don't jump off Neyland when the NCAA clears Kanter either.

MrBamSeydu writes:

Dear Mike Griffith,

Please, stop beating a dead horse. Everyone knows about this already. If you wanted to write about UTC infractions, write about it. But all you've done the last month is find any and every way to write about the same topic (UT bball violations).

It's tired, man. Real tired.

Thanks.

LSG410EC83 writes:

"He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone" I guess all of you so called fans that are ready to hang CBP out to dry have never told a lie in your life and especially at work. I am counting half truths also. I guess when you got caught in the lie, you immediately fessed up. Yes he lied, but he did confess and is willing to work with the NCAA in the investigation. The self imposed penalties were severe by itself. Before any of you say it is a drop in the bucket considering what he still will make, it is all proportional. I guess everyone forgets all of the good off the court he has done. Work with raising money for Cancer awareness, work around the community. I also know of an instance of him calling and talking to a family member after losing their parent to a heart attack at one of the games last year. I am still behind Coach Pearl. His good well outweighs his bad.

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