DESTIN, Fla. — Dave Hart said he only knows what the police tell him in regard to recent burglaries at Gibbs Hall on the University of Tennessee campus.
"I know there was theft," the UT athletic director said at the SEC spring meetings Wednesday. "But police handle matters of that nature.
"We don't delve into matters that are inappropriate to be in. If it is a police matter, then it is a police matter."
UT football coach Derek Dooley dismissed sophomore tight end Cameron Clear from the team last Friday, two days after the player was charged with the theft of a laptop from a UT baseball player who resided in Gibbs. No charges have been filed in regard to other thefts reported several weeks earlier from the same dormitory.
Four UT athletes reported thefts of expensive electronic equipment. Overall, nine burglaries occurred at Gibbs in March and April.
Hart said he wasn't aware of all those incidents.
"I wasn't aware of anything unless they bring it to me and hand it to me in a police report," Hart said. "Once the police have done their work, they inform me."
He was asked if his head coach would tell him about such an incident.
"Sure," he said. "We're never surprised by things of that nature. We're informed as facts are verified, then we're informed of what those facts are. That's routine."