More than one-third of what the University of Tennessee athletic department has spent in legal fees during its NCAA investigation came in the months after it received a Notice of Allegations in February.
UT has paid $317,178.06 to the firm Bond, Schoeneck and King, according to an invoice figure provided by UT on Wednesday to the News Sentinel. That's an increase of more than $115,000 since the beginning of February.
The total, which began adding up when UT hired the firm in November 2009, does not include fees for Bond, Schoeneck and King's recent internal investigation of violations in the baseball program. UT, which self-reported three secondary violations Tuesday, has yet to receive an invoice for the hours of work logged in response to claims by former coach Todd Raleigh of numerous potential violations.
Though the figure isn't totally finalized, UT, compared to other universities that went through similar predicaments, could have made off a lot worse.
The University of Connecticut originally paid Bond, Schoeneck and King $338,000 to investigate problems within its men's basketball program but was eventually forced to request permission to spend another $337,000, according to the Hartford Courant.
More than $25,000 of that total came from a one-day appearance before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Because UT could not make its invoices available Wednesday, it is unknown what UT was charged for its June 11 hearing.
Using the same law firm as UT, the University of Alabama spent $188,443 over a year while defending itself during its textbook scandal-triggered NCAA investigation, according to The Birmingham News. The University of Michigan paid more than $600,000 to the firm Lightfoot, Franklin, White during its recent infractions case, according to AnnArbor.com.
Ohio State, which was summoned for a Committee on Infractions hearing last week, has spent more than $800,000 since news broke in January of potential violations in its football program. That figure went beyond legal fees, as the school also has employed public relations and IT firms throughout the investigation.
UT's investigation certainly kept its lawyers busy in recent months, as the legal team spent nearly three months drafting a 190-page response to the 12 major violations levied against the university's men's basketball and football programs.
According to the response, UT's lawyers and members of the NCAA enforcement staff conducted the vast majority of their interviews before January 2011, but there were follow-up sessions that carried into March.
Coordinator of Football Operations Kyle Strongin interviewed about violations committed by former football coach Lane Kiffin and members of his staff Feb. 15. In March, weeks after it received the Notice of Allegations, UT and the enforcement staff re-interviewed Jordan Adams, the high school basketball player at the center of Bruce Pearl's infamous "bump" violation, along with teammate A.J. Hammons and his assistant coach, Wilbur Allen.
The costs associated with UT's NCAA investigation are wide-ranging and will continue to mount for years.
Pearl, who was fired in March, and former athletic director Mike Hamilton, who resigned in June, will eventually collect more than $2 million in buyout money from UT.
To help aid in the search for Hamilton's replacement, UT hired Parker Executive Search for a fee of no less than $90,000 and no more than $105,000.
Though the contract was dated to end last Saturday, university spokeswoman Margie Nichols said it would not affect the ongoing search and UT would not be liable for more charges.