UT self-reports 10 violations in athletics since August

Robert 
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Robert Hubbs

Tennessee’s athletic department reported 10 secondary violations of NCAA bylaws since August, according to information posted on the school’s website.

Three of the violations were in men’s basketball, including a violation reported in September related to an open practice before UT’s football game against Florida that was attended by basketball prospect Robert Hubbs. UT said visiting prospects on official visits were “permitted to shoot on the court while the coaches were present.”

Coaches were admonished and the university said it provided rules education for coaches and UT staff members who were “involved in the decision to open the concourse of Thompson-Boling Arena.”

Hubbs signed with Tennessee last November.

UT posted 20 violations on its website dating back to 2011. The News Sentinel requests documents related to self-reported NCAA violations every six months and previously wrote about some of the violations UT posted today.

The News Sentinel’s most recent request for self-reported NCAA violations was submitted on Jan. 11. The university did not respond in the seven business days required by law and still has not provided the News Sentinel the requested documents.

One of the new violations involved the football program. On Dec. 5, 2012, UT reported that an administrative intern provided coaching during a football game. Compliance officials withheld the intern from attending practice for one week.

Other notable violations reported by UT included:

* A women’s basketball coach created a personalized notebook and placed them in a prospect’s hotel room, a violation of the ban on personalized recruiting aids. Reported Jan. 23, 2013.

* In baseball, a strength conducted a workout within a week of the final exam period. Reported Jan. 14, 2013.

* A men’s swimming coach tweeted about a prospect during a competition on campus and was banned from Twitter for a week. Reported Jan. 9, 2013.

* Men’s basketball players received “impermissible personal grocery shopping services” during the summer semesters in 2012. They were required to repay the benefit to charity. Reported Oct. 23, 2012.

* The NCAA men’s basketball focus group, a team of NCAA investigators focused on men’s basketball, said a secondary violation occurred because the men’s basketball team camp registration process was different than other camps. UT referred to it as an “alleged” inconsistency in the camp registration process and did not hand out additional penalties.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at @TennesseeBeat.

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doctorfingervol writes:

WE EFFED UP!

alfrizzle097 writes:

This just seems.... weird. The specifics of the violations are just odd, especially given Martin's reputation. Add in the call out to the university... strange.

pvtoe writes:

The News Sentinel just needs to keep their nose out of things!!!

Lizardgrad89 writes:

Secondary violations are the NCAA equivalent of parking tickets. No worries.

FEARinSEC writes:

Good grief, must be a slow news week!

NovemberNed writes:

Thanks to the News-Sentinel for constantly digging for dirt on University of Tennessee Athletics. Looking forward to watching this newspaper fade into the sunset like the rest of the industry.

PUL4VOLS writes:

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING....the NCAA infractions' committee, armed and dangerous! I wonder why so close an eye is on the Volunteer programs HUM...!

pcorange writes:

Newspapers in other university towns are proud of their sports programs. Why is the KNS always so down on UT?

Rumblefish writes:

I would love to see exactly how thick the NCAA rulebook is when slapped on a desk.

You can give a kid a bagle, but not a bagle with cream cheese on it, b/c that would be providing a "meal". That's no joke!!!

jt45 writes:

Some of the rules are ridiculous, anyone else get the feeling this report is kind of half baked. Maybe this is why they dont have much to say to KNS.

At least no one was beaten unconscious for a snickers.

volfan2002 writes:

The NCAA has more weird rules than any organization in history. If only they could figure out a way to prevent the passing of money from one hand to another or make a rule that prevents parents from receiving money that the prospective student doesn't know about. Totally ridiculous all these bylaws and regulations.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

The whole article seems as if it were "tongue and cheek". But knowing the NCAA it is probably real. AND no offense to lawyers who have to earn a living it sounds like ...well? lawyers. OR maybe the NCAA is a bunch of number crunchers. You know what I mean. Useless stuff for rules.

OrangePride writes:

In a related incident, it was noted that a prospect received a free piece of Juicy Fruit gum from a passeby wearing a Tennessee hat during a homegame. The passerby was not permitted to attend the family tailgate party later that day. Can the NCAA get any more silly on some of these "violations?"

kwcoach writes:

Wait, people seem to be getting this wrong. The basketball team plays dumb and the coaches seem to be dumb if they don't know or care about the rules. It doesn't matter how silly the rules may seem. I would hate to be the compliance person at UT.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor guess this just a just-to-be-safe kinda thing since BBQgate(really a cookout, dont get me started) Witch Doctor say the NCAA is gonna be "Dont bother us with these..you know you are in the same conference as Florida and Bama?"
(Witch Doctor kidding, kinda) lol
Bones never lie.

richvol writes:

Gosh I feel so bad that the KNS did not get the timely response they wanted from the UT athletic department. How sad.

I wonder why UT didn't just jump right on that request from KNS.

smokeyvol1 writes:

I find it funny that we had a administrative intern coaching football! Now I know why the football program was down this year. Why penalize the intern, atleast he tried to coach!

CarlChilders writes:

KNS failed to report that the Assistant Hearing Protection Manager for the Riflery team left a bathroom light on all night.

SummittsCourt writes:

Rumor has it that an assistant's friend that knows someone who knows someone said hello to someone who knows someone's brother who is a prospect, but that's just a rumor.

MoonpieSally writes:

Banning someone from Twitter for a week has to be a blessing (grin).
A men’s swimming coach tweeted about a prospect during a competition on campus and was banned from Twitter for a week. Reported Jan. 9, 2013

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Martin obviously is not the well disciplined coach UT thought it had hired.

Infractions to go along with the sloppy play and losing away record...and the screw-ups in football.

Hart needs to go. Martin needs to go. Jones does great PR; but this is not some bush league in which he will bc coaching.

Maybe the fans---who are starved for anything like good teams, in multiple sports---had better wait until Jones and company win something before annointing them the successors to the Fulmer golden years---or before annointing Martin the next Bruce Pearl on-court.

Maybe somebody could clean up the garbage and take it out, in the Athletics Department. It needs to be gone...and a LOT of the people in it...and some who never should have been invited into the deparment.

JohnnyU writes:

in response to CheekMustGo:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I agree with your comment about the NCAA. I think in 15 years they will no longer be the governing body of college sports. Not sure I want them to "go down in flames", but they need to drastically overhaul/redefine their mission.

Having said that, I think/hope that given their probationary status, UT is reporting absolutely anything that could be construed as a violation, no matter how trivial.

Regarding your Cheek handle, I'm beginning to wonder if he is a real impediment to UT pulling out of the tailspin we've been in. I wish the News-Sentinel would address this more.

For example, during the coaching search, when we were in real "talks" with Charlie Strong, I read that he never met with Dave Hart, but had a "brief" meeting with Jimmy Cheek. So far, I like Butch Jones, but how is it possible that the AD does not even meet with a guy he is proposing to hire for $3.5 million?? I know I read this, and if true, am I alone in thinking that it should send up red flags about Chancellor Cheek's relationship with athletics?

dragon18 writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING....the NCAA infractions' committee, armed and dangerous! I wonder why so close an eye is on the Volunteer programs HUM...!

Self reported violations. They seem so ridiculous to me lol. But.... Whatever.

RoadTrip writes:

Thankfully a lot of this AA silliness goes away in August it appears. These violations are nothings. Some schools self report 50 or more of these a year. Back in OSU's heyday they self reported over 300. Of course KNS has to play it up like it's a big deal.

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Martin obviously is not the well disciplined coach UT thought it had hired.

Infractions to go along with the sloppy play and losing away record...and the screw-ups in football.

Hart needs to go. Martin needs to go. Jones does great PR; but this is not some bush league in which he will bc coaching.

Maybe the fans---who are starved for anything like good teams, in multiple sports---had better wait until Jones and company win something before annointing them the successors to the Fulmer golden years---or before annointing Martin the next Bruce Pearl on-court.

Maybe somebody could clean up the garbage and take it out, in the Athletics Department. It needs to be gone...and a LOT of the people in it...and some who never should have been invited into the deparment.

Here's a hanky, now quit whinning. It's a new day in Vol football; support your team.

tenecvol4 writes:

This will make us all happy-- it was just a matter of time for our boy Lame
http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-foot...

tenecvol4 writes:

Sorry my link not complete - heres latest on Lame

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-foot...

Olddogsrule writes:

Just when I was beginning to think Evan might work out and KNS could put johnnyboy out to pasture, this! Ok, Evan, now do the same for all the other SEC schools and let's see where we stand. And when they don't see your 'sunshine law' request as a top priority for their staff either, you can whine aboout it, and then can write about how their football guide also exceeded the NCAA prescribed page limit, but you didn't know that for 15 days. Don't forget to include a link where you wrote that KNS wrote where you wrote about some of these secondary infractions and that you previously suspected this kind of outrageous activity :-) was going on.

Sheeeesh!

VolsSquid writes:

And? Move on.

vol49 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Martin obviously is not the well disciplined coach UT thought it had hired.

Infractions to go along with the sloppy play and losing away record...and the screw-ups in football.

Hart needs to go. Martin needs to go. Jones does great PR; but this is not some bush league in which he will bc coaching.

Maybe the fans---who are starved for anything like good teams, in multiple sports---had better wait until Jones and company win something before annointing them the successors to the Fulmer golden years---or before annointing Martin the next Bruce Pearl on-court.

Maybe somebody could clean up the garbage and take it out, in the Athletics Department. It needs to be gone...and a LOT of the people in it...and some who never should have been invited into the deparment.

How about you go on over there and start?

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to CheekMustGo:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Shouldn't the NCAA try to figure out how 4 Alabama football players had to steal a credit card so they could get snacks out of a vending machine yet have enough money to post $190,000 in bail?

BetsyVol writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

I would love to see exactly how thick the NCAA rulebook is when slapped on a desk.

You can give a kid a bagle, but not a bagle with cream cheese on it, b/c that would be providing a "meal". That's no joke!!!

Unless your desk is made of reinforced concrete, I’m not sure you’d want an NCAA rulebook slapped on your desk.

SneakyPete writes:

Monitor...monitor thyself.

Or rather..physician, heal thyself.
This seems to be the case with the NCAA likely to be in deep dung regarding the "U"-Shapiro fiasco.

bUTch_please writes:

in response to tenecvol4:

Sorry my link not complete - heres latest on Lame

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-foot...

Friends..Romans..Countrymen..lend me your ears.

Bringeth forth thine fork and proceedeth with thy sticking....for he art done. He who hast lived by the populast media adornment will now die a death by a thousand yipping hyenas.

VolMoment writes:

in response to NovemberNed:

Thanks to the News-Sentinel for constantly digging for dirt on University of Tennessee Athletics. Looking forward to watching this newspaper fade into the sunset like the rest of the industry.

AMEN !!!!!! I wonder how many of the so called reporters have cheated on their expense reports and the actual amount of time they worked and turned in!!!!!

bUTch_please writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

Shouldn't the NCAA try to figure out how 4 Alabama football players had to steal a credit card so they could get snacks out of a vending machine yet have enough money to post $190,000 in bail?

Let's do the math.

One was denied bond because of previous arrest(s).

That leaves 3. Actual cash required is 10% of bail so...$19,000 divided by 3 = 6,333.34.

Roughly 64 handshake each..that's doable.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

I would love to see exactly how thick the NCAA rulebook is when slapped on a desk.

You can give a kid a bagle, but not a bagle with cream cheese on it, b/c that would be providing a "meal". That's no joke!!!

No doubt the NCAA rule book is approaching the volume and complexity of the IRS code! One thing to keep in mind is that the vast majority of NCAA member institutions are outside the "power conferences" that get all the publicity. My guess is that a lot of the more trivial rules are intended to make the smaller schools a bit more competitive by keeping recruiting expenses down and restricting the advantages the bigger programs have with their battalions of support personnel.

westknoxrepub writes:

Well if we're consistant in how we fire Basketball coaches around here, Martin would be gone yesterday.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to tenecvol4:

Sorry my link not complete - heres latest on Lame

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-foot...

Another weasel boy link

http://usc.scout.com/2/1266157.html

mountainbrook writes:

Yawn.

dragon18 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Well if we're consistant in how we fire Basketball coaches around here, Martin would be gone yesterday.

Did I miss something? When did Martin lie to the NCAA?

easleychuck writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

Just when I was beginning to think Evan might work out and KNS could put johnnyboy out to pasture, this! Ok, Evan, now do the same for all the other SEC schools and let's see where we stand. And when they don't see your 'sunshine law' request as a top priority for their staff either, you can whine aboout it, and then can write about how their football guide also exceeded the NCAA prescribed page limit, but you didn't know that for 15 days. Don't forget to include a link where you wrote that KNS wrote where you wrote about some of these secondary infractions and that you previously suspected this kind of outrageous activity :-) was going on.

Sheeeesh!

You hit the nail on the head. I am sure that the KNS Hardy Boy / Nancy Drew gang is going to make the same requests to all of the other SEC schools.

A speadsheet on when the request was made / when the response was received / nature of each offense by sport / etc.

Just don't send a request to ohio state.....you would need a really big spreadsheet. They are the kings of the secondary violations.

bUTch_please writes:

in response to dragon18:

Did I miss something? When did Martin lie to the NCAA?

...or play Michigan St?

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Southern states To Do List:

1. Secede from the rest of the union. (Keep some midwestern states but definitely not the west or northeast).
2. Bolt from the NCAA and go back to the college athletics association.

dragon18 writes:

in response to CheekMustGo:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

What about your guns that control a tyrannical and overpowering government. I don't have any guns, but if I did, that would be the kind I would have. That's the kind our founders actually meant for us to keep and to bear in the 2nd amendment.

Now back to our regularly scheduled sports discussion LMAO!

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

You Sentinel have to be the biggest bunch of morons God ever created.

voloffaith writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

You Sentinel have to be the biggest bunch of morons God ever created.

Don't blame HIM for their lack of institutional control................

On topic, sad violations still taking place,however with the nc2A violation guidelines bigger than New York city phonebook there are going to be infractions. Many not even known when they are taking place.....

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to smokeyvol1:

I find it funny that we had a administrative intern coaching football! Now I know why the football program was down this year. Why penalize the intern, atleast he tried to coach!

Maybe Dooley and the administrative intern should have switched jobs.

UTvols33 writes:

in response to CheekMustGo:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I normally don't agree with your posts, but I was wondering the same thing. All schools commit secondary violations, do their fan website articles expose this? Probably not.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Well if we're consistant in how we fire Basketball coaches around here, Martin would be gone yesterday.

Only if he lies to the NCAA about his infractions.

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