BUSTED: Photo proof surfaces about Vols

Is the NCAA laying the groundwork for a Lack of Institutional Control charge or Failure to Monitor? Facebook & recruiting could be central

Tennessee football recruits Corey Miller (80) and Brandon Willis pose with Tennessee recruiting hostesses Dahra Johnson (left) and Lacey Earps after a game at Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., on Sept. 25. Andy Staples/SI.com
Tennessee football recruits Corey Miller (80) and Brandon Willis pose with Tennessee recruiting hostesses Dahra Johnson (left) and Lacey Earps after a game at Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., on Sept. 25. Andy Staples/SI.com

The excuses coming from Tennessee fans keep changing.

First, this allegation of girls traveling to see recruits away from campus was junk.

Then the girls traveled there but didn’t have contact with the students.

That nonsense was blown out of the water Friday afternoon when Sports Illustrated released a damning photograph.

According to Andy Staples of SI, “On the field, Rebels star defensive ends Corey Miller and Brandon Willis mugged for the cameras with a pair of young women who seemed overdressed for a high school football game played in the rain. The women’s names were Lacey Earps and Dahra Johnson, and both are members of Orange Pride, a student group that provides hosts for football recruits at the University of Tennessee. At the time, Willis and Miller had each recently pledged to sign with Tennessee in February.”

D’oh!

But it gets worse for the Volunteers.

The crack University of Tennessee compliance department wasn’t doing its job. The Tennessee coaching staff was warned about the potential violations by the hostesses, but apparently failed to report a secondary violation to the NCAA. According to the Greenville News, “Byrnes coach Chris Miller, who is not related to Corey Miller, said that upon learning the women were at the game he called the players and told them ‘to get away from them,’ then called Tennessee assistant coach David Reaves and notified him of the women’s visit.”

And what happened after Reaves was notified?

Apparently nothing.

According to one report, “UT had several weeks to research the situation, and it didn’t self-report any violations. It’s doubtful the NCAA would accept any self-reported violations after a third party gave the initial notification, but several sources inside UT’s athletic department claimed the program saw nothing outside the voluminous rules.”

Now do you Volunteer fans see why the NCAA is laying the groundwork for an official inquiry?

Lack of Institutional Control.

Can you even bring yourself to say it?

Perhaps you will only be hit with a failure to monitor charge. That is if you can convince the NCAA this was not part of some concerted plan to lure recruits to campus. However, that would seem difficult as this one girl, Lacey Earps, continues to surface. And Facebook could become a major factor in the probe. According to the Knoxville newspaper, “A source with knowledge of the investigation told the News Sentinel that the NCAA is using social networking to determine the nature of prospects’ relationship with UT hostesses.”

The role of Orange Pride hostesses and recruits was the subject of speculation by one blogger posting at the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s GoVolsXtra on March 2, 2009. And Facebook played a major role in discussion of recruiting and hostesses. According to the blog post, “Bryce Brown’s girlfriend Lacy Earps is a Jr. at UT, and would love nothing more than to watch her boyfriend play on Saturday’s without having to fly to Miami or Oregon. How serious this ‘romance’ is I can’t say, but if her Facebook profile picture is any indication of how interwoven this romance is, Brown may be running through the ‘T’ this fall. Lacey + Bryce = Bracey? This relationship must be serious, right?”

One comment left March 3, 2009, on the blog indicates a prior relationship status included Richardson. According to the anonymous comment from March 3, 2009, “Lacy is a member of the orange pride girl, and it is their job to take recruits and show them around campus. Just weeks before, her status was in a relationship to nu’keese richardson. Grow up peter pan. Quit stalking facebook.”

See a pattern?

Lacey Earps. Facebook. Recruits.

Not once. Not twice. But at least three different times with three different recruits.

The only question will be how much new information the NCAA can gather during these interview sessions; however, if we believe the high school football coach is telling the truth, it would appear the NCAA has enough to launch an official inquiry sooner rather than later.

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  1. 1
    dwayne ballew

    why in the h-ll do girls go and be hosteses when there so dumb they wouldnt know a recruiting violation if it bite them on the nose ,kiff you got to tell these girls to go and watch cheerleading practice or something ,if this hurts the team all the whorosetesses need to be kick out of school ,this is football there is no need of any female to be any where involved in recruiting,half dont know what a foward pass is or a bomb is what they did let a dang bomb off under the program,willis is already having second thoughts ,this will cause him to go elsewhere

  2. 2
    dwayne ballew

    how can sending some tart to a highschool game going to get a player to visit ,i dont think kiff or anyone knew about this the guys would take them behind the bleachers for what they want from them they would not cause a recruit to visit a school

  3. 5
    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxy far far away. FormerlyE.G. White

    You can bet those girls sweet asses slUT koew! Kiffin knew! He knew everything! Two coeds with the typical financial strapings of attending a major university, don’t jump in a car and drive 300 miles to see two guys they barely know play a high school football game in the rain. And especially not dressed for a night at the Tropicana! Or complete with posters and posing for photographs! Their excursion was planned and financed by slUT without a doubt! What’s more this Lacy bitch was passing herself off as Bryce Browns’ girl friend immediately after supposedly being Nukeese Richardsons’ girl friend. If she’s Bryces’ girl friend then there is less creedence to the story that she drove to Georgia to see another guy just because she liked him! Or else Bryce needs to be looking for another girl friend. One whose heels aren’t quite so round! Bwwaaa Haaww Haaww! Merry Christmas to us! Merry Christmas to us! Merry Christmas Alabama! Merry Christmas to us! ROTFLMFAO! RTR!

  4. 6
    CrimsonBlood81

    COACHES JUMPING SHIP AT UcheaT !!! Who’s THE NEXT TO JUMP SHIP AWAY FROM KIFFIN & CO.!!!!?!?!?!?!

    LMFAO!!! RTR!!!!

  5. 7
    Alex Hamilton

    Hey IndianaVol,,

    You should know, we’re not the cheating turds that you claim you smell. It’s actually Lacy Earp’s breath. Apparently she makes it a habit of tossing the salad of the the recruit du jour at the University of Tennessee football program. Her tongue has to be blacker than coal.

    I can see it now. Nu’Keese brings that tramp into his house to meet his family. His grandmother pulls him to the side and says, “Son, that ain’t no kid. That’s a cocktail waitress in a Dolly Parton wig.” Nu’Keese says, “I know Grandma ain’t it cool, that’s the Bitches I dig!!!!”,,,,,then he pulls out a bb gun and tells his Grandma to give him the fucking Social Security check.

    Rot in the shitstorm hell that is media scrutiny Indiana Vol. Repeat these letters after me slowly P L O I: Preliminary Letter of Inquiry. U cheaT is going down.

    We have all always known that UT cheats. The only time they were dominant in the past 15 years was when the NCAA looked the other way for their violations because UT was an accomplice in making up dirt on Alabama.

    That’s the last I will comment on this.I’m basking in the glow of being an alumnus of THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA.

    HOME TO 22 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS, 12 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE 2009 HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER MARK INGRAM, AND THE GREATEST TRADITION IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. THIS IS ALABAMA FOOTBALL!!!!!!

  6. 9
    GonzoHog

    It’s simply hilarious to sit and watch this this tennis match between fans of 2 of t of the worst cheating programs knowknown to mankind.
    kkkkBut I will say this. “Kiffin” is the Morodefinition of a moron. Vol fans don’don’t really believe he knew nothing
    jjjabout this, do you?
    llllThe whole damn coaching staff knows.

  7. 10
    Indiana Vol Sux

    Lets see, Signing a player convicted of rape, and looks like pimpin their own students to get the croots, now thats one classy proram. Wonder if Indy Vile does the crootin for the male cheerleaders ? Nothin sucks like uslUT

  8. 11
    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxy far far away. FormerlyE.G. White

    No Hog, that would be Alabama Polytechnic Institute that you’re thinking about. Actually we’re not even close to the dirtiest program of all time. It’s just that ours has all happened recently. And the truth is only 4 of 5 were football related and only one was a major infraction. The BS statement recently made by the COI, just shows how crooked they are and how much they hate us because we won’t take their crap! RTR!

  9. 12
    alsim123

    Note that these two hostesses probably drove 3.5 hours over the Smoky Mountains to Duncan, SC. The game started at 7:30pm and ended at 10-10:30.

    One recruit’s father said the girls stayed in a hotel. Why he said that or even knew it is odd.

    That would probably be two tanks of gas + 2 meals each + a hotel room = $$$.

    Additionally, it seems interesting that these girls made the trip on the Friday before a home Tennessee game (Ohio). Surely, they drove back the next morning.

    Seems awful fishy….

  10. 13
    Roll Tide

    No doubt there will be no shortage of folks pointing out what big mouth Kiffin and his program does wrong…He has managed to piss off the entire SEC….We thought Fat Phil was a joke but this guy steps it up a few notches….I cant believe UT will allow this guy to continue to make a joke of the program…..he is so bad he makes the SEC look bad….its one thing to have a bad coach that looses his edge like phil but it is entirely another thing to hire a jackass and keep him.

  11. 14
    Indiana Vol

    You Bammer Morons would know all about cheating, because your school has a Masters program in such!

    This is NOT cheating and will be no more than possibly a secondary violation; unlike the MAJOR cheating that has occurred @ shithole U in Tuscaloser for decades. Are you tards still coloring in those free textbooks???

  12. 15
    Indiana Vol

    Hey Roll TURD,

    What was the Crimson TURD’S record against Fulmer???

    HE OWNED YOUR SORRY ASS!

    HOOK’EM HORNS!

  13. 16
    Indiana Vol

    “Lets see, Signing a player convicted of rape, and looks like pimpin their own students to get the croots, now thats one classy proram. Wonder if Indy Vile does the crootin for the male cheerleaders ? Nothin sucks like uslUT”

    And nothing is as foul, rank and filthy as the Crimson TURD and its MORON fans!

    Hook’Em Horns!

  14. 17
    BearBryantBlows

    You Criminal Tide Fans are grasping at straws here. What blows a hole in your theory is these two players had committed to UT 11 days before this photo was taken. This is small time compared to the slave trading you cheating cocksuckers were doing in memphis.

  15. 18
    Capstone Report » Those cheating Tennessee Volunteers

    […] Today the Tennessee Volunteers attempted to throw a former coach under the bus for the HOstessgate scandal. According to reports in the Knoxville paper, “The NCAA investigation into the Tennessee football program involves former quarterbacks coach David Reaves not alerting the school to an improper contact with recruits, which could result in a major violation.” (I’ve warned UT fans about this since December 2009. I was mocked. Who is laughing now? I warne….) […]

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