The NCAA’s 22-month investigation of the basketball and football programs at Tennessee led enforcement staff through Atlanta, documents released by the school Wednesday revealed.
The NCAA cited the Volunteers for multiple recruiting violations in both sports in a 26-page document released to the media on Wednesday. Within those it is revealed that UT broke rules while recruiting two basketball players from Metro Atlanta: former Dunwoody High and Atlanta Celtics star Chris Singleton and Lawrenceville native and former Central Gwinnett student Jordan Adams. CLICK HERE for a copy of the report, which has been heavily redacted by UT’s legal team.
Singleton received six impermissible phone calls from head basketball coach Bruce Pearl and two assistant coaches in August and September of 2007, the NCAA alleges. Singleton was a five-star prospect with offers from more than a dozen schools, including Georgia and Georgia Tech. He eventually signed with FSU, where he is now a junior and the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.
Adams, now in his second season at Oak Hill Academy prep school in Virginia, received impermissible, in-person, off-campus contact from Pearl and assistant Tony Jones on Sept. 14 of last year, the report says. Adams (6-6, 215) is a four-star prospect in the Class of 2012 who has multiple offers, including Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Pearl is singled out in the report for “failing to conduct himself with high standards of honesty and sportsmanship,” for “providing false and misleading information” to Tennessee and the NCAA enforcement staff and for “attempting to influence others to provide NCAA with false and misleading information concerning their involvement.”
Tennessee also has been a major player in the recruitment of Miller Grove center Tony Parker, a 6-9 center and one of the state’s top recruits for 2012. However, reached after school Wednesday, Parker said he had not been questioned about the Vols’ recruitment of him and was unaware of any rules violations they may have committed during the process.
Former Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin was cited for three specific violations in the NCAA’s report:
Interestingly, the use of Tennessee recruiting hostesses to recruit prospects off campus is not mentioned in the public portion of the report. However, many of the details of the report have been redacted by Tennessee legal counsel. And both Byrnes High star Brandon Willis and former assistant coach David Reaves, alleged to have orchestrated sending hostesses Lacy Pearl Earps and Dahra Johnson to Duncan, S.C., are mentioned in the report.
There has been speculation that the allegations may follow Kiffin to USC, where he took over a program last year already unde NCAA sanctions for multiple rules violations. USC athletics director Pat Hayden, in a statement released through the school, defended his coach:
“The NCAA enforcement process provides for Tennessee and Lane to address those charges. Until that process is completed, it would be unfair and premature for me or USC to comment on this matter. However, I will say this: Since his return to USC last year as our head football coach, Lane has been vigilant in making sure he and the football program follow the NCAA’s rules and compete the right way. Lane has my support as our head football coach.”
Kiffin declined comment in the same statement other than to say, “We look forward to working through the process with the NCAA.”
Yes, should be interesting.