Tweet by freshman TE Justin Meredith may produce a secondary violation

On the surface, the message might have looked like little more than a note of congratulations to an old friend.

The NCAA could have a completely different interpretation.

A Twitter update from Tennessee freshman tight end Justin Meredith posted last week about a scholarship offer from his new program to the old one at T.L. Hanna High School specifically mentioned the handle of former teammate Ben Boulware and appeared to encourage fans to contact him. But despite his preexisting relationship with the linebacker, the use of social media to deliver his message may have been the wrong platform and could prompt UT to report a secondary violation.

“Vol Nation Tennessee just offered my best friend @benboulware7, the best (linebacker) in the nation,” Meredith posted. “Let him know how much we want him!!!”

The message has since been removed from Meredith’s account.

Requests for comment from a school compliance official were denied. UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton did not specifically address the matter relating to Meredith on Wednesday and could not confirm whether or not it had been reported as a potential violation.

“Our compliance office investigates all matters relating to potential violations,” Stanton said.

The use of Twitter has caused several other major programs to report similar issues with current players mentioning recruits over the last couple weeks, including Michigan and Notre Dame.

NCAA rules prohibit social media messages to recruits through accounts affiliated with the institution or a page belonging to someone affiliated with the institution, and since enrolling in January to begin his career with the Vols, Meredith certainly falls in the latter category. And the scholarship offer publicized by Meredith clearly suggested that Boulware is a UT recruit.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward

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VolGrad writes:

NCAA to Justin: WE are the NCAA. Resistance is futile. Ignorance is irrelevant. You will be assimilated. You must comply.

BankerVol writes:

What a CROCK!

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Good Grief. The NCAA has nothing better to do? We need more stupid rules, some of these kids can hardly spell their names, how do they expect them to keep up with all these rules?
According to some on here if this happened on Kiffin's watch we would probably get a bowl ban. At least that's not a concern any more. (Kiff or a bowl)

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to VolGrad:

NCAA to Justin: WE are the NCAA. Resistance is futile. Ignorance is irrelevant. You will be assimilated. You must comply.

Resistance is futile!
Your ass_will be imilated!

Orangeblood13 writes:

ESPN is always looking for the next big finger point, or I mean story....

Razor784 writes:

Big deal it'll be a slap on the wrist, good job Justin, let's hope he chooses UT

FWBVol writes:

Just about every reporter that covers recruiting names every Division I school in the country that offers a recruit, but there is nothing the NCAA can do about that. So when a college football player mentions on Twitter or Facebook what is common knowledge the NCAA gets upset.

If the offer wasn't common knowledge it would be one thing, but everyone knows everything in this day and age so the NCAA shouldn't fight it.

RockyTopVolFan writes:

Much ado about nothing.

Caspian writes:

ZZzzz...

kyvol98 writes:

Any student at any school would fit the "affiliated with the institution" description. Just how hard would it be to find a student to post or tweet something about a recruit at a rival institution?

CarlChilders writes:

A student's tweet. That's a real headliner.

dave1#220678 writes:

I don't see the issue? He did not mention anything about barbeque or did I miss that?

tnbigg writes:

Hey! NCAA...TWEET THIS

MilitaryBrat writes:

I just wonder who "broke" this story. Was it KNS just trying to stir things up?

SBWB2 writes:

Not to worry, the entire world is about to explode......

JayTee writes:

Use the Cam Newton defense, "I don't know nuthin bout nuthin".

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

Hey NCAA, here's a tweet for ya ... a few miles north a coach prepares his team to return to the NCAA tournament, him being experienced as he is the only coach to direct three different colleges to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, although two of those appearances (1996 at UMass and 2008 at Memphis) have been officially vacated by the NCAA. He is also one of only two coaches to direct three different schools to a Final Four (1996- UMass, 2008- Memphis, 2011- Kentucky), but the UMass and Memphis appearances were also later vacated. He is the only head coach to have a Final Four appearance vacated at more than one school.

We all have heard "while history is no indicator..." yes it is, maybe you (NCAA) should scratch around in that cat box and see what you find.

CCLC writes:

This program is out of control!

BigBadVol writes:

YAWN!!!!!!!

Pullingguard writes:

Good luck to the NCAA, the old storied establishment left behind by the new tech/era..
if they intend to curtail the twitters, the text's and other toys of the young they will have an increased agenda..

notorange writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Hey NCAA, here's a tweet for ya ... a few miles north a coach prepares his team to return to the NCAA tournament, him being experienced as he is the only coach to direct three different colleges to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, although two of those appearances (1996 at UMass and 2008 at Memphis) have been officially vacated by the NCAA. He is also one of only two coaches to direct three different schools to a Final Four (1996- UMass, 2008- Memphis, 2011- Kentucky), but the UMass and Memphis appearances were also later vacated. He is the only head coach to have a Final Four appearance vacated at more than one school.

We all have heard "while history is no indicator..." yes it is, maybe you (NCAA) should scratch around in that cat box and see what you find.

They did, and found a big stinking pile or PEARL !

etu_vol_fan writes:

I thought T.L. Hanna was famous for "Radio" but now is famous for "Tweet"

Bubba_Knows writes:

To the NCAA: Really Mitchell? Really?

Ayres_Hall writes:

I just tweeted to @benboulware7 that we want him as a Volunteer!

Thanks Justin!

Digital5000 writes:

Guess what I just tweeted?

Oh, wait... I don't have an account. So silly of me not to follow what other people have to say, or what they are doing. Because I really do care.

So on that note; you can follow this...

-Enjoy Yoselves

Sir_Spanky writes:

Excellent example of the extent that bureaucracies will "evolve" if left unchecked. Look all around you - it's a process that has been repeated over and over again. It simply is what it is.

skm writes:

more reasons why kids probably shouldn't twitter in the first place.

volboy81 writes:

I'm surprised the NCAA has time to find out about things such as this...I thought they were too busy telling this school or that school that their nickname and mascot were politically incorrect and they had to change it or they would be dealth with severely!

wagee12 writes:

Yawn, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Some of these reporters should be working for National Inquirer.

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to CCLC:

This program is out of control!

Tell me about it. Next thing you know, they'll be keeping girls out past dark or without asking the parents permission to "call on them".... Out-of-control, I tell ya!

; )

GONAVY writes:

in response to tnbigg:

Hey! NCAA...TWEET THIS

:)

BigBadVol writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

Excellent example of the extent that bureaucracies will "evolve" if left unchecked. Look all around you - it's a process that has been repeated over and over again. It simply is what it is.

+1

Orange_Juiced writes:

Hey Austin...thanks for the recruiting news...

NYvolFan writes:

Jerry Palm has made his Bowl projections for next year...look who is missing:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootb...

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to notorange:

They did, and found a big stinking pile or PEARL !

Good snappy comeback, but unfortunately making that non-connection indicates you should add some baking soda to your litter box since the much more pungent and long standing calipari odors are making you confused and delirious.

notorange writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Good snappy comeback, but unfortunately making that non-connection indicates you should add some baking soda to your litter box since the much more pungent and long standing calipari odors are making you confused and delirious.

Let me simplify, weinergate or the bbq to die for is Pearls legacy......in other words keep your own litterbox clean and odor free beore checking someone elses..just sayin

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to notorange:

Let me simplify, weinergate or the bbq to die for is Pearls legacy......in other words keep your own litterbox clean and odor free beore checking someone elses..just sayin

Staying simple, don't have to check cali's, it has been checked and found dirty many times as mentioned earlier. In other words, bbq to die for compared to the only coach in NCAA history who is stripped of multiple final four appearances because of repeated examples of cheating and lying but is still coaching - is like comparing a shot of Jack Daniels to geo dickel, at the end of the day the ky grog just never measures up.

Now go back to your blue cat box or ukitten thread and root for your repeater cheater.

Bubba_Knows writes:

News at 6PM. Coach Dooley was recently seen off campus picking his nose in front a future recruit. The University of Tennessee is trying to ascertain what NCAA rules have been committed and what institutional control is pending.

BR_549 writes:

in response to NYvolFan:

Jerry Palm has made his Bowl projections for next year...look who is missing:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootb...

Surprising since some here think 9+ win season coming up. Tex A & M in Music City Bowl? Doubt that.

VolfanClinton writes:

Boy if Lane Kiffin was still coaching here this would be an excuse to blast him...but not Dooley !!

notorange writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Staying simple, don't have to check cali's, it has been checked and found dirty many times as mentioned earlier. In other words, bbq to die for compared to the only coach in NCAA history who is stripped of multiple final four appearances because of repeated examples of cheating and lying but is still coaching - is like comparing a shot of Jack Daniels to geo dickel, at the end of the day the ky grog just never measures up.

Now go back to your blue cat box or ukitten thread and root for your repeater cheater.

He's coaching, Pearls doing who knows what, planning a bbq i'd say, and for the record, is a show cause coach better than a cheater in a vols mind??? Last word have a good drink of whiskey and have a good day.

GetSimmsandTeagueout writes:

That's rediculous.

NYvolFan writes:

No...that last one is "ridiculous". And I hope Palm is a nutcase predicting no bowl for us again. I just don't see it. If healthy, we should be fine, or better.

AllforTenn writes:

Journalists including Austin Ward need to learn the definition of a "recruit." One is not a recruit until he or she is signed and "in the fold." Until then he or she is a prospect or prospective recruit.

NYvolFan writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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yep...nutcase!

MrBamSeydu writes:

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manniesghost1903 writes:

in response to notorange:

Let me simplify, weinergate or the bbq to die for is Pearls legacy......in other words keep your own litterbox clean and odor free beore checking someone elses..just sayin

No need to respond to notorange. He is an escaped Nazi who just hates Jews in general. Mossad will take care of him.

wyomingvol writes:

Tweeting is dumb.. mmmmmmkay???

Theo writes:

in response to notorange:

Let me simplify, weinergate or the bbq to die for is Pearls legacy......in other words keep your own litterbox clean and odor free beore checking someone elses..just sayin

UK - the Rent-a-Center of college basketball.
Oh Indiana, Oh Indiana, we're all for you! IU!

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to NYvolFan:

Jerry Palm has made his Bowl projections for next year...look who is missing:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootb...

I guess this means we may as well cancel the season then, huh?

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