Dave Hart on Gibbs burglaries: It's a police matter

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."

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor pretty sure if its criminal ..yes, it is a police matter. lol.
Bones never lie.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Not really. Bottom line is that if there's a crime, you let the cops handle it. If a player (or players) are suspected of commiting it, you suspend them. If the evidence supports it, then you dismiss them and let the law do whatever it will do.

You're suggesting Hart should shoot first and ask questions later. Somehow I doubt you feel the same way about incidents at Florider.

dvols writes:

students should lock they door!

duh

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say the formula is always the same
IF Hart had handled internally(really he cant) it would have been "hes covering up!"
He handled it this way so we get " Hes not doing his job!"
Witch Doctor say same tune different song. lol
Bones never lie.
*Witch Doctor say the miserable are miserable..so whats new? lol

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

"Burglaries? What burglaries?"

born2ride writes:

When a crime is involved, Sgt Hart should question anyone from Memphis.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to born2ride:

When a crime is involved, Sgt Hart should question anyone from Memphis.

When a moronic post is involved KNS needs to investigate you, Toddyturd, and Jeffy Flowers.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

The_Ghost_of_Neyland writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

I suggest you enjoy it while you can. History shows that while you may be rejoicing now at our suffering and your recent successes, it will be short lived.

I am confident that within the next year or two the natural order of sports within the Volunteer State will return.

You will be bragging about doing well in golf and bowling and I will not pay much attention to the fact that the Vols beat Vandy AGAIN in one of the money sports.

It would be like bragging about beating my 3 year old in a footrace. Just kind of supposed to....

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

Enjoy it while you can, loser. The Vols will win number 7-in-a-row, and number 30 out of 31 this November. As Billy Donovan said, the Vols will be the team to beat in 2012-2013, and will sweep the Commonwhores, and go to NCAA tourney number 7 in 8 years (something your precious Commonwhores can't claim. The Vola will win at least 8 his Fall, probably more, while the Commonwhores will be lucky to win 5.

It's funny when you cellar-dwellers start talking trash because somebody who owns you has a bad year.

BTW, moron, whatever came of Andre Simmons? You know, that Vandy safety who wasn't arrested in November for not committing an armed robbery (armed with a gun) of a Vandy hockey player, in his dorm room, and didn't steal $5000 from that hockey player?

Yeah. No thefts reported. Right.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Enjoy it while you can, loser. The Vols will win number 7-in-a-row, and number 30 out of 31 this November. As Billy Donovan said, the Vols will be the team to beat in 2012-2013, and will sweep the Commonwhores, and go to NCAA tourney number 7 in 8 years (something your precious Commonwhores can't claim. The Vola will win at least 8 his Fall, probably more, while the Commonwhores will be lucky to win 5.

It's funny when you cellar-dwellers start talking trash because somebody who owns you has a bad year.

BTW, moron, whatever came of Andre Simmons? You know, that Vandy safety who wasn't arrested in November for not committing an armed robbery (armed with a gun) of a Vandy hockey player, in his dorm room, and didn't steal $5000 from that hockey player?

Yeah. No thefts reported. Right.

Wow. When I'm using the iPad, I really need to proofread my posts better.

Classof72 writes:

"We don't delve into matters that are inappropriate to be in. If it is a police matter, then it is a police matter."

See no evil,
Hear no evil,
Speak no evil.

Don't look,
Don't listen,
Don't tell.

We Are....Penn State?

One hopes not.

lahvolman2 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say the formula is always the same
IF Hart had handled internally(really he cant) it would have been "hes covering up!"
He handled it this way so we get " Hes not doing his job!"
Witch Doctor say same tune different song. lol
Bones never lie.
*Witch Doctor say the miserable are miserable..so whats new? lol

Don't know where you get your info... but you are definately in the loop....BWAHAHAHA

Ironcity writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

Does Vandy have a football team?

tennrich1 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

..and the level of losership one must possess to go onto an opposing teams website, post vile, and admit he's a vandy fan????..priceless...You are a loser...

tennrich1 writes:

Boys, when the trolling starts with this much activity....the waters must be full of fear...Lets hope we can give them what they hate....

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to lahvolman2:

Don't know where you get your info... but you are definately in the loop....BWAHAHAHA

Witch Doctor say half the time I just say whats being reported by the people whom are paid to do so is wrong..you know lke "Darricks off the team" (twice)
Bwahhahaa is right! hehe
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say half the time I just say whats being reported by the people whom are paid to do so is wrong..you know lke "Darricks off the team" (twice)
Bwahhahaa is right! hehe
Bones never lie.

PS.
Lovies on the plane
Shannon is the new DC
Fulmer is talking to ARK.
Witch Doctor say you guys batting record AND getting paid...wow sports "writers"! haha

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Enjoy it while you can, loser. The Vols will win number 7-in-a-row, and number 30 out of 31 this November. As Billy Donovan said, the Vols will be the team to beat in 2012-2013, and will sweep the Commonwhores, and go to NCAA tourney number 7 in 8 years (something your precious Commonwhores can't claim. The Vola will win at least 8 his Fall, probably more, while the Commonwhores will be lucky to win 5.

It's funny when you cellar-dwellers start talking trash because somebody who owns you has a bad year.

BTW, moron, whatever came of Andre Simmons? You know, that Vandy safety who wasn't arrested in November for not committing an armed robbery (armed with a gun) of a Vandy hockey player, in his dorm room, and didn't steal $5000 from that hockey player?

Yeah. No thefts reported. Right.

OUCH!!!!!!!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Wow. When I'm using the iPad, I really need to proofread my posts better.

Agree. I post from my I-phone sometimes. It does a good job of correcting incorrectly spelled words. On the other hand, it will take a correctly spelled word at times and turn it into a completely different word. In some cases, a word I've never heard of, LOL.

Ayres_Hall writes:

It's what I expect an AD to say.... let's move on.

Adams is stuggling to stay relevant.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

What amazes me is the sheer amount of time you waste with these ridiculous diatribes about a Vandy program that’s been the b@st@rd child of the SEC since their inception. Even the sun shines on a dog’s arse from time-to-time. Vandy will be relegated back to the bottom of the SEC soon enough.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Can’t really claim ‘title town’ now that your precious Tebow is gone… more like mediocre town, now and in the foreseeable future.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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… while the players apparently run the football team.

gomer writes:

Athlon's sports has us predicted to finish 6th in east i repeat 6th wow what the national media thinks of us, espn predicts Doofuss to be fired midseason, sporting news has Doofuss ranked as the 14th best coach in the conference and 99th nationally and you delusionals think we are gonna win 8-10 games. please....

gomer writes:

Lindy's has us predicted to finish 5th in the east..
http://beyondthebets.com/2012/05/27/c...

crappieking writes:

in response to gomer:

Athlon's sports has us predicted to finish 6th in east i repeat 6th wow what the national media thinks of us, espn predicts Doofuss to be fired midseason, sporting news has Doofuss ranked as the 14th best coach in the conference and 99th nationally and you delusionals think we are gonna win 8-10 games. please....

+1 Gomer. Too bad they can't put the dool-aid down.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to crappieking:

+1 Gomer. Too bad they can't put the dool-aid down.

Too bad you guys can't get together to consummate this little bromance while embracing each other’s pessimism and taking bets on when the world is coming to an end. Take a pill... the sky isn't falling just yet.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to gomer:

Lindy's has us predicted to finish 5th in the east..
http://beyondthebets.com/2012/05/27/c...

Please gomer, tell me, where did all the media have the Vols basketball team finishing last season? I believe it was 11th in the SEC, a far cry from the second-place finish they actually had.

Before you say it, I know, that's not Dooley/Doofus/Doolittle/Dooleave. The point is that the media are often way off-base on there early pre-season predictions.

The articles you like to quote, like the Sporting News blogger who says Dooley is 14th best coach in the SEC, are nothing but one guy's opinion, and sometimes they are very biased. For example, that Sporting News blogger has always dissed UT.

The fact that you put so much weight in those predictions is just another thing that makes you so laughable.

VOLinATL writes:

Somebody check to see if Bernard King was anywhere near!

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

You should enjoy Vandys new found success. Although your juvenile boasting is a bit much.

Something everyone might find interesting about coach Franklin.
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-d...

gomer writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Please gomer, tell me, where did all the media have the Vols basketball team finishing last season? I believe it was 11th in the SEC, a far cry from the second-place finish they actually had.

Before you say it, I know, that's not Dooley/Doofus/Doolittle/Dooleave. The point is that the media are often way off-base on there early pre-season predictions.

The articles you like to quote, like the Sporting News blogger who says Dooley is 14th best coach in the SEC, are nothing but one guy's opinion, and sometimes they are very biased. For example, that Sporting News blogger has always dissed UT.

The fact that you put so much weight in those predictions is just another thing that makes you so laughable.

I'ts funny how you delusionals get jacked over Phil Steele predicting us to finish the season around 27th but when other media sources have their predictions going different you dismiss it. When you have had 2 losings seasons in a row, a head coach with a losing record, basically a whole new coaching staff and the vast majority of media outlets predict us to be bad I'd say the writings on the wall. And also to answer your question about the basketball team, they didn't know much about Martin yet and they didn't have Stokes yet, plus besides Kentucky and Vandy the sec was pretty weak in basketball and we still failed to reach the tournament and lost to Mtsu on our home court. I'd say anybody thats not delusional can just look at Dooley's overall record and statistics for his teams including La Tech and logically conclude that he is a loser. Only delusionals look at a 5 year losing record and somehow claims that that means we are gonna win 9-10 games suddenly. In the real world we are judged by results regardless of your excuses because they are just that, excuses, winners overcome adversity and find ways to get the job done, not just fold and say wait till next year.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to gomer:

I'ts funny how you delusionals get jacked over Phil Steele predicting us to finish the season around 27th but when other media sources have their predictions going different you dismiss it. When you have had 2 losings seasons in a row, a head coach with a losing record, basically a whole new coaching staff and the vast majority of media outlets predict us to be bad I'd say the writings on the wall. And also to answer your question about the basketball team, they didn't know much about Martin yet and they didn't have Stokes yet, plus besides Kentucky and Vandy the sec was pretty weak in basketball and we still failed to reach the tournament and lost to Mtsu on our home court. I'd say anybody thats not delusional can just look at Dooley's overall record and statistics for his teams including La Tech and logically conclude that he is a loser. Only delusionals look at a 5 year losing record and somehow claims that that means we are gonna win 9-10 games suddenly. In the real world we are judged by results regardless of your excuses because they are just that, excuses, winners overcome adversity and find ways to get the job done, not just fold and say wait till next year.

Witch Doctor so you are saying fire a coach BEFORE the season starts and then go out and tell the next guy we have stability. ok. OR re-hire Fulmer?? Witch Doctor just asking for clarification of what you expect..we know you hate Dooley or you wouldnt be here 24/7 with 10 logins BUT is that what you are saying? Witch Doctor ask nicely....
Bones never lie.

easleychuck writes:

Reading comprehension has never been a real strong skill set when it comes to the trolls.

When one stops and thinks (another troll weakness) about it; trolls really do not possess any skill what so ever.

Hoops43 writes:

in response to Ears_Whitworth_in_Orange_Pants:

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Dooley knew of the first rounds of disappearing electronics over 3 weeks ago. It was going to be handled internally with game suspensions. Tough discipline being doled out to a player he would need this fall while unloading on some walk-ons and third stringers to show how serious he is about character and discipline (please note sarcasm). Unfortunately Cam's retention regarding the rules about helping himself to others electronics was short-lived and he followed up the initial episode with another round a few weeks later. Learning challenged???????

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to VOLinATL:

Somebody check to see if Bernard King was anywhere near!

KEEEEEENG FOr the Volunteers!

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

What's really pitiful is an institution like Vanderbilt hiring a head football coach that admits he uses the same pick-up line strategies on recruits as he does on potential girlfriends. He was even quoted saying he would never hire a coach who's wife wasn't pretty...because they would obviously be poor recruiters.

Compared to bottom feeders like Franklin and Petrino, CDD is looking better every day.

No wonder your son decided to attend UT.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

Please enlighten me, trolls. Yes, there were items stolen on a couple of occasions within the last month or so before this happened. Yes, there was a rumor that Clear might have been involved.

So, if there was property stolen, and a rumor somebody might be involved, should that person be punished? Should they be kicked off the team, even though there may not have been any actual evidence connecting them to the thefts?

If you think so, you're a tool, and you don't belong in this country.

The only evidence that could be acted upon was Clear being caught with a stolen laptop. Period. When that evidence was discovered, he was suspended and then dismissed. Period.

The trolls accusing Coach Dooley of covering up Clear's involvement in the earlier thefts is nothing but irresponsible slander, and in my opinion, they should face charges, or at least a lawsuit, for it.

usafvol writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

And at Vandy we had no thefts reported and the police can go about their business elsewhere. We will be watching our team play in the NCAA Baseball Tourney on Friday along with 7 other SEC schools while UT sits home and worries about their theft problems. It amazes me the low standards now supported and the excuses made over and over at UT. What happened to a once proud program on the Hill. Vandy plays in the basketball NCAA and baseball NCAA, is the only SEC school to play in both SEC Championship Games, wins the basketball Championship, goes to a Bowl with a first year coach and a QB that plyed 6 games, while UT sits home for all of the above. How much longer will the fans tolerate this in Knoxville. Its just pitiful.

Nobody gives a rats arse about baseball and i'll wager that you really don't either. Wow, you finally went to a bowl game; big whoop! Check our record prior to the past couple of years! Vandy has, is, and will always be owned by almost everyone in the SEC when it comes to football. I expect you guy's to have a stellar chess team this year though!

usafvol writes:

in response to gomer:

Athlon's sports has us predicted to finish 6th in east i repeat 6th wow what the national media thinks of us, espn predicts Doofuss to be fired midseason, sporting news has Doofuss ranked as the 14th best coach in the conference and 99th nationally and you delusionals think we are gonna win 8-10 games. please....

Kinda hard to take you serious when you write at a 3rd grade level! May want to take an english class..

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