Whatever led to John Trembley's firing could lead the ex-University of Tennessee swim coach to a courtroom, but no one's saying for what or why.
UT police turned over their findings Thursday to Knoxville Police Department investigators. Police and prosecutors have filed no charges but met to discuss a criminal investigation into the "gross misconduct" that led to the six-time SEC Coach of the Year's firing earlier this week.
UT hasn't described that "misconduct." UT Police Chief Gloria Graham, who leaves for another job in two weeks, wouldn't answer any questions before or after the meeting.
"We're not giving any comment," Graham said.
Trembley has hired defense lawyer Don Bosch, who also gave no details.
"Coach Trembley looks forward to addressing the results from this investigation at the appropriate time," Bosch wrote in a statement.
Graham and UT police investigators met for about an hour with Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch, Deputy Chief Gus Paidousis and others, including KPD Investigator Richard Giammarino and Bill Bright, a Knox County assistant district attorney general.
Giammarino, a veteran KPD detective, typically investigates fraud, forgery, embezzlement and other financial crimes. Bright previously worked as a prosecutor in Shelby County, where he oversaw white-collar crime cases, and served as special prosecutor in the case
against Cynthia Finch, Knox County's former senior community services director, convicted last year of forgery.
KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk, who attended the meeting, said three other KPD investigators from other units in the Criminal Investigation Division also attended. He wouldn't say which investigators or what units.
"If I give you the units, it's going to identify what we're investigating," he said.
Trembley, who held tenure longer than any UT coach except women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, had a personnel record brimming with praise and a record as one of the university's most decorated swimmers.
Dave Hart, UT vice chancellor and director of athletics, notified Trembley in a letter Tuesday the coach would be "relieved of his duties" for violation of his contract. Trembley was in his 23rd swimming season as coach.
"For the reasons we discussed today, the university has determined that you have engaged in acts of gross misconduct as defined by university policy," Hart wrote.
Trembley's contract, which was extended in October 2009 and would have lasted through June 2014, defines 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."
Trembley has the right to appeal his firing.
The ex-coach came to UT in 1971 as the nation's top swimming prospect. During an All-American career, Trembley won or was a member of nine NCAA championship efforts.