Those cheating Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee’s arrogance will hurt it with the NCAA

What did Alabama and USC have in common?

Both behaved arrogantly in dealing with the NCAA. Both failed to foster an atmosphere of compliance.

The NCAA doesn’t like arrogance. The sanctions that hammered USC should warn schools, but Tennessee hasn’t learned from the example.

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 warned this could create a charge of failure to monitor or lack of institutional control.)

How convenient. It was all the coach’s fault. Compliance didn’t mess up.

This is the entire thrust of Tennessee’s defense. The coaches did it, and not our excellent compliance staff. This is a transparent excuse. It won’t work because the school is responsible for compliance.

This follows on Tennessee’s effort to “punish” its basketball coach for lying to the NCAA. The University and basketball coach Bruce Pearl held a press conference where Pearl admitted to misleading the NCAA, and the school announced penalties on the coach. These penalties included recruiting restrictions and a salary reduction.

Trying to act butch today isn’t going to convince the NCAA that you’ve been tough on compliance all along. In fact, these attempts make a mockery of compliance. These attempts show Tennessee isn’t serious about the violations in its football program.

And that has been the culture at the University of Tennessee under Mike Hamilton.

He hired a walking NCAA rules violation in Lane Kiffin.

If Tennessee wants to convince the NCAA it is serious about compliance it should fire Pearl, fire Hamilton and offer serious scholarship reductions in football. Anything less makes the school look as arrogant as USC or Alabama.

And that should worry Volunteer fans.

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  1. 2
    auburntigerfan

    By the way.
    Good Morning cheating Bammer trash. How’s your wife/sister/probation officer. Doing.
    go ahead whip out that hand rolled cigarette and open up that 40 cobra malt liqour. Its gonna be a long season. Why? Gene Chisik, thats why.
    The man is the greatest coach since pat Dye.

  2. 6
    ATLANTAROLL

    Thankyou for the honesty.Hootie was the Original Blueblood.We can thank him for not only Stalling’s untimely exit but fostering the arrogance that would lead to the Fulmer Rule that lead us to over a decade of mediocrity.
    We can only hope the best for these retards.After TuitorGate went unpunished as i guess this late night BarFight will.The Vowells are due.I mean that in a good way.

  3. 8
    BamaBrando

    It was ironic that they fired The Great Pumpkin and hired Kiffin, whom everyone thought was a walking NCAA violation. Fulmer had it bad. He hatred goes back to Bear Bryant days. I wonder what Fulmer thinks of Saban and what he has done at Bama now? He inadvertently helped us to get where we are today, hehehe.

  4. 9
    Denny Chimes

    The chickens have finally come to to roost for Fulmer, Hamilton, and the orange pukes. I can’t help feel a little bit sorry for Dooley though…almost.

  5. 10
    JohnInHuntsville

    Auburntigerfan,

    Enjoy Cheeseneck while you have him. He won’t be there very long. Are you Tammy’s husband/brother?

  6. 11
    pete4tide

    So – Aubie-necks – Now we see where Barkley has admitted to cheating when he was at the Barn – how many others could there be? Don’t think this was just limited to the basketball program. So, who’s the cheaters now? So sorry, boogs!

  7. 12
    Bamafan

    UThug has been getting away with cheating for years. Remember the booster from Mobile that gave Tee Martin $ in return for a committment to Tenn? For those that don’t remember, Tee Martin was originally committed to Auburn, but after visiting Tenn he changed over to the Viles. Linda Bensel-Myers had the goods on Tennessee’s massive academic fraud, but Roy Kramer, Doug Dickey, and Phil Fulmer saw to it that that never came to light. Also, the Eric Locke situation. His father, Juicy Locke, stated that Phat Phil paid Eric to leave Alabama and come home to Tennessee. Bob Ley on ESPN’s Outside the Lines dedicated an entire show to the connection between Phil Fulmer and his cronies at UThug helping to nail Alabama in return for the Locke charges being dropped. Santonio Beard said on a recruiting trip to Knoxville in 1997 that Phil Fulmer told him that “Alabama football will be out of business soon.” It goes on and on. This couldn’t happen to a worse bunch of thugs and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.

  8. 13
    Pluto

    I hear you Bama Fan and it still pisses me off how Phat Phil sang like an Canary . The Bastards just keep getting away with Murder all these years. I want their candy ass Orange asses nailed……

  9. 14
    bamadon

    UcheaT needs to fire Mike Hamilton ASAP!!! As for Fulmer and
    and the vols karma is a BITCH!!! Welcome to the Probation
    Club UT and hope Indy Vol cries like a baby after the gators
    beat the vols just like the ducks did!! RTR

  10. 17
    Crimsonite

    Question is, what happened to Indiana Volunqueer? Did the A.I.D.S., Syphylis, Clamyhdia, Gohnorriah, Herpies thing final
    ly do him in, ya think? Bwaa Haww Haww! RTR!

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