Former UT swim coach John Trembley will not appeal dismissal

Investigation by KPD ongoing

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.

Andrew Gribble may be reached at 865-342-6327. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Andrew_Gribble and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/gribble

Get Copyright Permissions © 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
Want to use this article? Click here for options!

© 2012 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Topics

Comments » 23

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Thanks for everything you've done, John! If you screwed up....honesty is the best policy.

Go Vols!

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say sounds like he is going to be coaching the Bushy mtn. swim team real soon. Witch Doctor say tell Ramar Witch Doctor says hi! lol
Bones never lie.

rockypop writes:

Congratulations to the KNS for yet another in the unbroken stream of stories that say they can't say anything. Do writers and editors actually get paid for this kind of fluff?

joebob1111 writes:

rockypop: they said that he won't appeal. that is new information. what more do you want? should they just make stuff up like ESPN does?

not_guilty writes:

in response to RashaadSalabeb:

Thanks for everything you've done, John! If you screwed up....honesty is the best policy.

Go Vols!

I agree to some extent. Be honest with your lawyer, then follow his advice. Which in all likelihood will be, don't talk with anyone (especially police).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi434y...

NYvolFan writes:

What is going on here? This is BS...All this secrecy? It should be a matter of "public record"...even with liberal Don Bosch at the helm.

NYvolFan writes:

Parents of prospects, former EVERYBODY related to the Program, etc. DESERVE to know WTF is going on here. If he stole from UT, or is a pervert, or whatever, we need to KNOW! He was a government employee. Public Info!

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say sounds like he is going to be coaching the Bushy mtn. swim team real soon. Witch Doctor say tell Ramar Witch Doctor says hi! lol
Bones never lie.

That's "Brushy Mountain", not "Bushy Mountain". "Bushy" Mountain is where all the right-wingers in East Tennessee go to camp and hold midnight rallies in bed sheets. Anyway "Brushy Mountain" closed a year or two ago, Morgan County is now the high security state Pen of Tennessee.

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to NYvolFan:

Parents of prospects, former EVERYBODY related to the Program, etc. DESERVE to know WTF is going on here. If he stole from UT, or is a pervert, or whatever, we need to KNOW! He was a government employee. Public Info!

Dude calm down. You're right that the info should be made public - at least the nature of the charges should - but there may be a reason why it's not being done at this time. Meaning it may jeopardize the investigation, the cops may be taking info from him and using it to carry out a sting and take down others, any number of reasons.

The curiosity of the people doesn't trump the good of the people.

In due time, in due time.

Biggie writes:

He must have done something reeeeeally bad.............

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to NYvolFan:

Parents of prospects, former EVERYBODY related to the Program, etc. DESERVE to know WTF is going on here. If he stole from UT, or is a pervert, or whatever, we need to KNOW! He was a government employee. Public Info!

We will all know... in due time. Stop being a drama queen.

madrigal writes:

Looks like whatever he did, he's guilty, but it would be nice to know what is going on.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Perhaps the investigation is still going on. And as of now, it's a criminal investigation withthe KPD, not UT. So what makes everyone on here think they need to know the inner workings of a criminal investigation that is obviously still underway? UT stated why he was fired...gross misconduct. Technically they have given their reason IMO. KPD doesn't owe anyone squat at this point and time. And when they are finished with the case, I'm sure it will come out. Matter of fact, it already has came out. Folks just need to know where to go for their info. Think money and drugs...Nuff said.

Pompey writes:

Bruce Pearl and John Trembley...sitting on top of the world....threw it all away....!

Chappy writes:

in response to NYvolFan:

Parents of prospects, former EVERYBODY related to the Program, etc. DESERVE to know WTF is going on here. If he stole from UT, or is a pervert, or whatever, we need to KNOW! He was a government employee. Public Info!

He's protected by privacy laws just like every other citizen in this country regardless of his employer.

RichmondKyVol writes:

in response to VOODOOley-2011:

That's "Brushy Mountain", not "Bushy Mountain". "Bushy" Mountain is where all the right-wingers in East Tennessee go to camp and hold midnight rallies in bed sheets. Anyway "Brushy Mountain" closed a year or two ago, Morgan County is now the high security state Pen of Tennessee.

I thought it was a coach from Penn State who was going to the state pen.

volistic writes:

OK, so the guy peed in the pool. Isn't everybody overreacting a little bit?

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to VOODOOley-2011:

That's "Brushy Mountain", not "Bushy Mountain". "Bushy" Mountain is where all the right-wingers in East Tennessee go to camp and hold midnight rallies in bed sheets. Anyway "Brushy Mountain" closed a year or two ago, Morgan County is now the high security state Pen of Tennessee.

Sounds like you learned alot during your conjugal visits.

BR_549 writes:

in response to volistic:

OK, so the guy peed in the pool. Isn't everybody overreacting a little bit?

Agreed

us43137415#376444 writes:

in response to rockypop:

Congratulations to the KNS for yet another in the unbroken stream of stories that say they can't say anything. Do writers and editors actually get paid for this kind of fluff?

The topic of the story is that Trembley is not going to appeal his firing.

The story is not whether investigators are ready to say anything about the charges against him.

Typical.. somebody's always trying to read something else into the news that's printed.

Did it dawn on you before you assaulted your keyboard that if investigators were ready to release the results of the investigation, that THAT would be the subject of the article?

Keep looking.. You'll find what you're looking for in the National Enquirer.

alraguc#466367 writes:

"Trembley was a nine-time All-American as a swimmer at UT from 1970-75."

Is that possible? Lets see, he swam for four or five years, but was a nine-time All-American. I thought you could only be an All-American once per year.

jbrbirch writes:

9 - time all american is correct - based on events swam - not number or years

jbrbirch writes:

This guy was morally bankrupt. Payed kids to swim. Ask anyone at Mercersburg Academy. Doubt he stopped at UT.

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features