A criminal investigation has been launched into the actions of former University of Tennessee swimming coach John Trembley, who was fired Tuesday for "gross misconduct."
The Knoxville Police Department will meet this morning with the UT Police Department "to determine what the scope of the investigation might be," KPD Chief David Rausch said Wednesday night.
"The UT police chief (Gloria Graham) called me Tuesday night and asked us to take the lead in the investigation," Rausch said.
Rausch declined to discuss the nature of the probe.
Likewise, the university on Wednesday would not discuss the specifics of Trembley's firing.
"The finding of gross misconduct led us to turn this case over to the proper law enforcement authorities," Margie Nichols, UT's vice chancellor for communications, said in a statement.
"Since this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further."
Attempts to reach Trembley for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Trembley was the second-longest tenured UT coach — next to women's basketball coach Pat Summitt — and one of the university's most decorated swimmers.
Dave Hart, UT vice chancellor and director of athletics, said in a news release Tuesday that the men's swimming and diving coach, who was in his 23rd season, was "relieved of his duties" in violation of his contract.
In a letter from Hart to Trembley with Tuesday's date, the AD writes that "for reasons we discussed today" he was being terminated from his position "for adequate cause" that is contained in his contract.
Hart cites Article XII, Section E, which defines acts of gross misconduct as "theft or dishonesty; gross insubordination; willful destruction of University property; falsification of records; acts of moral turpitude; reporting for duty under the influence of intoxicants; illegal use, manufacture, possession, distribution, or dispensing of controlled substances or alcohol; disorderly conduct; provoking a fight "
Hart's letter informs Trembley he has the right to appeal the decision. Options include a review by UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek or UT system President Joe DiPietro, or request a hearing.
Trembley was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2011, the sixth time he had been honored (1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001).
His contract was extended in October 2009 through June 2014.
Trembley came to UT in 1971 as the nation's top swimming prospect. The Vols were undefeated from 1971-74. During an All-America career, Trembley won or was a member of nine NCAA championship efforts.