We wrote a month ago about the status of the NCAA’s investigation into “Orange Pride,” the infamous (and now disbanded) University of Tennessee hostess program. Two weeks ago, we posted pics of one of the hostesses with UT fullback Channing Fugate back in 2009.
Now it looks as though the hammer is finally going to drop on Rocky Top …
According to a new report from FanHouse, the NCAA will hit Tennessee and former head coach Lane Kiffin with separate “failure to monitor” violations stemming from hostess program. Former Tennessee assistant coach David Reaves – who was the University of South Carolina’s quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator from 2002-08 – will also be implicated, according to the report.
In fact Reaves – who is now a quarterbacks coach at New Mexico – is accused of directly instructing the hostesses on how to manage their contacts with recruits. He denied those charges, but the FanHouse report says that the NCAA investigators have evidence to the contrary.
Specifically, the report says that Reaves “made improper contact with recruits as well as providing written and oral instruction to the Vol hostesses about which top recruits to contact, how to contact them, and asked for updates on those conversations, which occurred either via Facebook, text message or phone call.”
“The hostesses were also urged to inquire as to how official visits to other schools went and to make sure that recruits remained committed to the Vols,” the report continues.
Um … yeah. “Remain committed.” Wonder how they did that?
“Failure to monitor” is classified by the NCAA as a major violation – and wide latitude is available to NCAA officials regarding the punishment that can be meted out.
Over a year ago, The New York Times published its initial story referencing questionable recruiting tactics employed by the hostesses – some of them involving high school football players in South Carolina. In fact, one of the high school players who alluded to the hostesses in the story was Gamecock freshman Marcus Lattimore, who recalls several of them attending a game at Byrnes High School in September 2009.
In fact here they are …
Frankly, we can’t wait to watch the hammer fall … not only on Rocky Top, but also on Kiffin. Tennessee’s once-proud program is now just stunningly arrogant … and with no good reason.
We think a little humility will help them …