Former University of Tennessee men's swimming coach John Trembley, who remains at the center of a Knoxville Police Department investigation, does not plan to exercise his right to appeal his abrupt dismissal.
"At this time my client has no intentions of appealing his dismissal," Trembley's attorney, former UT swimmer Don Bosch, told the News Sentinel on Tuesday.
In a Jan. 3 letter from UT athletic director Dave Hart, Trembley was instructed to contact Michael Herbstritt of UT Human Resources, in writing, by Jan. 25 if he hoped to appeal the decision. He was provided three avenues in which to do so: an administrative review from chancellor Jimmy Cheek or UT president Joe DiPietro, an informal hearing before a panel of unbiased university employees or a formal hearing under the Tennessee Uniform Procedures Act.
Hart cited "gross misconduct" as UT's reason for dismissing Trembley with "adequate cause." One day after Trembley's firing, KPD launched a criminal investigation into Trembley's actions, which are currently unknown. Veteran KPD investigator Richard Giammarino, who typically investigates fraud, forgery, embezzlement and other financial crimes, was assigned to the case.
The investigation remains ongoing, as no charges have yet to be filed against Trembley.
Trembley, who was heading into his 23rd season at UT, made close to $180,000 in annual compensation. A six-time SEC coach of the year, Trembley was a nine-time All-American as a swimmer at UT from 1970-75.