Tennessee “Hostesses” Under Investigation
We’d like to preface this post by saying that we’re still bitter over the 31-13 shellacking that the University of Tennessee administered to our founding editor’s beloathed (not a word) South Carolina Gamecocks earlier this year.
Sure, USC spotted the Volunteers 21 points off turnovers in the first half, but the Halloween night debacle was easily the worst loss of USC’s 2009 season.
Oh, we’d also like to say that Lane Kiffin is still the biggest mega-bag-o-douche in all of college football. Just so there’s no confusion.
Anyway, it looks like the Football Gods are having a bit of revenge on Kiffin and the Vols, who have already committed at least six secondary NCAA violations – as well as some felonies.
Specifically, the NCAA is looking into Tennesee’s “hostess” program, which consists of attractive coeds who attempt to lure athletes to campus – at which point they provide them with, um, “company.”
From the New York Times:
Interviews with multiple recruits and their family members revealed that the N.C.A.A. has strong interest in Tennessee’s use of recruiting hostesses, students who are part of a formal group at the university that hosts all manner of prospective students at campus visits, including athletes. It is not clear whether the university sent the hostesses to visit the football players.
In one case, hostesses traveled nearly 200 miles to attend a high school game in South Carolina in which at least three Tennessee recruits were playing.
Marcus Lattimore, a running back who made an unofficial visit to Tennessee but said he would not enroll there, said multiple Tennessee hostesses attended a game at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., in September. He said they brought signs, including one that read, “Come to Tennessee.”
“I haven’t seen no other schools do that,” he said. “It’s crazy.”
The hostesses are considered representatives of the university, which would mean they could not recruit players off campus. Therefore, the visits may be considered violations of N.C.A.A. recruiting rules.
Two of Lattimore’s teammates, Brandon Willis and Corey Miller, have orally committed to Tennessee. Lattimore described the hostesses as “real pretty, real nice and just real cool.” He said he thought they had “a lot” of influence in Miller’s and Willis’s commitments to Tennessee.
Tennessee’s “hostesses” gained internet infamy after one of them, Lacey Pearl, was photographed last year with star Vol recruit Bryce Brown – the number one college prospect in America in 2008.
Oh, and since this is obviously topical today, here’s a funny spoof of Brown’s appearance on the fictitious “Lane Kiffin Show,” which has obviously ruffled some feathers since it has been yanked (and thankfully re-posted) on YouTube.
Looks like the show was telling the truth …