KNOXVILLE — Former University of Tennessee swim coach John Trembley has hired a lawyer as police and prosecutors meet today to discuss a criminal investigation into the "gross misconduct" that led to his firing.
UT Police Chief Gloria Graham and investigators met this morning with a Knox County prosecutor and KPD Investigator Richard Giammarino.
Graham showed up and left without giving any details or answering any questions about the investigation.
"We're not giving any comment," Graham said.
UT hasn't described the "gross misconduct" that cost Trembley his job.
Giammarino, a veteran KPD detective, typically investigates fraud, forgery, embezzlement and other financial crimes.
Defense lawyer Don Bosch said today that he represents Trembley, although no charges have been filed. Bosch has given no other details.
"Coach Trembley looks forward to addressing the results from this investigation at the appropriate time," Bosch said in a statement.
Police and prosecutors were meeting this morning "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 have been 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.
More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.