UT recruiting: Girls gone wild

Secondary violations matter. Just as the University of Tennessee.

It makes the NCAA mad, or at least gets you on the NCAA radar. Having a big mouth where you insult people and accuse them of cheating tends to make you a target too. So when you combine a dumbass with NCAA attention, you get an NCAA investigation in Knoxville.

According to the New York Times, “A significant part of the investigation is focused on the use of recruiting hostesses who have become folk heroes on Tennessee Internet message boards for their ability to help lure top recruits.”

Nothing compares to easy coeds to lure football players to campus. Doubt it? Just ask recruits.

According to the New York Times, “Because of their influence on recruits, the recruiting hostesses have become popular with Tennessee fans. Bryce Brown, the country’s top running back recruit last year, who is a freshman at Tennessee, was pictured on a social networking site last year with a hostess. Other Tennessee hostesses have publicly conversed with prospects through Facebook and MySpace.”

But the sluts aren’t the only part of the investigation; they are just the most sensational. Tennessee fans will pass over the most important part of the story. The New York Times reports, “The N.C.A.A. is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the University of Tennessee’s football recruiting practices, . . .” If you read the story, the hostesses are only a part of the investigation, and the probe is wide-ranging. If you kept up with Alabama football, those words would send chills down your spine.

Of course, Volunteers have taken the Auburn path and attacked the nattering nabobs of negativism in the press. According to 3Sib, “On a final note, the ‘journalist’ who wrote this story took way, way too many liberties, in my opinion and editorialized quite a lot. It was very unprofessional, and while the core of the story is still concerning to UT fans, the malicious nature of the way the NYT let this story run is laughable and disgraceful to newspapers out there that try to report the news and stay away from the tabloid nature of the business. Personally, I feel that they’ve already put the noose around Tennessee’s neck.”

No Mr. Volunteer fan, pimping your Hoes put the noose around your neck. It wasn’t the New York Times, or any reporter covering the train wreck of a program you have in Knoxville. While it is easy to blame the press, it is the same myopia that afflicted the Alabama program for years. Until you can see the truth, fans will continue to enable these types of problems. The most concerning reaction is from Volunteer fans at GoVolsXtra.com—here the reaction has ranged from “USC does it!” to “Alabama and Michigan do it worse!”

None of that is helpful.

The most comical reaction continues to be from Volunteer fans who believe everyone in the SEC is afraid of Lane Kiffin.

I guess that makes Phil Fulmer afraid of Mike Dubose.

Speaking of Fulmer, has anyone kept up with him lately? Could he be playing Deep Throat again? On second thought, maybe a Deep Throat reference isn’t so wise considering the nature of these NCAA violations. I’d guess in this instance, such an action would be considered an extra benefit.

Last year I asked the simple question, would Lane Kiffin or Gene Chizik land their program under NCAA probation first. I guess we all know the answer to that question now.