Two Tennessee men's swimmers placed more than 50 individual online wagers during a six-day period in January on professional soccer, tennis, hockey and basketball events, in addition to a men's basketball game against Vanderbilt.
The UT athletic department self-reported the violations to the SEC on Feb. 13, according to a rundown of self-reported violations by the university's compliance office over the past six months beginning in January. The violations, eight in total, were acquired through an open records request by the News Sentinel.
Both UT student-athlete's names were redacted in the reports, but the News Sentinel learned they are freshman Mans Hjelm and sophomore Christoffer Wallin. Both are from Sweden.
The NCAA prohibits all forms of gambling among student-athletes. According to the compliance office's violation report, both Hjelm and Wallin were ruled ineligible for the remainder of the year once their gambling was discovered.
Hjelm and Wallin are expected to be eligible in the fall.
According to the report, one swimmer wagered $723.50 and won $967.50 from Jan. 19-24 on 58 different sporting events, while the other bet $411.11 on 51 events and won $421.00.
Both swimmers said they knew sports wagering is a violation of NCAA rules before placing the bets, according to the account of events.
No other UT athletes were involved with the incident, according to the report.
UT reported one secondary violation in football. Five mid-year enrollees and one walk-on were permitted to participate in 23 days of strength and conditioning activities and two spring practices after a 21-day temporary certification period ended.
According to the report filed by associate athletic director Todd Dooley, the violation was "due to an oversight in initial eligibility filings by the student-athletes and a miscommunication between (UT's) chief certifying officers and the football staff."
As a result, the five scholarship players involved will miss six days of summer strength and conditioning work, while the walk-on will miss 26 days of activity in the fall.
Tennessee's other six self-reported violations were primarily oversights with minor penalties:
On Jan. 17, UT self-reported 12 impermissible phone calls by former track
and field assistant coach Mary Jayne Reeves.
On Feb. 13, the compliance office reported assistant volleyball coach Rachel Cooper replied to a recruit's email message prior to a permissible contact period.
Two women's basketball players informed the compliance office that two fans paid for their pizza while they dined at Cafe 4 and left before the players could say they couldn't accept the gift. UT compliance self-reported the violation on April 25, citing that a $15 donation had been made as restitution.
On May 4, UT reported that the softball team inadvertently rescheduled a postponed game against Louisville on a date falling during the university's final exam period. A waiver from the SEC was needed, but never filed.
A Twitter account created by football recruiting office coordinator Kris Ann Hawkins and managed by student workers retweeted a post by Class of 2014 recruit Todd Kelly Jr. of Webb School saying he was attending a UT camp. The incident occurred June 12 and the post was immediately deleted.
On July 5, UT compliance reported a student-athlete had been provided an impermissible typing service that shouldn't have been provided for free by the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn