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    The NCAA is probing Tennessee's football recruiting practices, according to several prep prospects, their family members and high school administrators.

    Much of the investigation, first reported by The New York Times, is centered on the use of recruiting "hostesses" who have helped the program convince prep prospects to choose Tennessee by befriending prep prospects and attending their high school games.

    Because the hostesses -- a part of the university's Orange Pride student ambassador group -- are considered an extension of the university, it could be considered a violation of NCAA rules if they helped recruit prospective athletes off campus.

    In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the university confirmed that the NCAA was investigating and said the adminstration and athletics departments are cooperating fully.

    "We are concerned about the alleged activities of some members of the Orange Pride," the university said. "Both university and NCAA guidelines are a part of the Orange Pride's orientation and training. If those guidelines were violated, we will take appropriate action. Because of federal student privacy regulations, we can't comment further."

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    According to the Times, hostesses attended a football game at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., one of the nation's best high school programs, where at least three potential Tennessee recruits were playing.

    Marcus Lattimore, a running back who had made an unofficial visit to Tennessee but was not interested in attending the school, said the hostesses brought signs, including one that read, "Come to Tennessee," according to the report.

    Two of Lattimore's high school teammates, Brandon Willis and Corey Miller, have orally committed to Tennessee. Lattimore said the hostesses were "real pretty, real nice and just real cool" and thinks they had "a lot" of influence in his teammates making oral commitments, according to the report.

    "I haven't seen no other schools do that," Lattimore said, according to the report. "It's crazy."

    Gary Willis, Brandon Willis' father, said the NCAA had interviewed his son about the hostesses' visit to the game, according to the Times. Gary Willis said the girls met his son at Tennessee's football camp last summer and told him they would be attending one of his games. He also said the trip was not arranged by Tennessee coaches or staff.

    NCAA officials have visited with four prospects and are scheduled to visit two others this week, according to the report.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4727155

    Facebook pages of some of the alleged hostesses(no, I didn't look them, someone else did on another forum).

    Courtney Hitchcock: Link

    Genna Cox: Link

    Ashley Sizemore: Link

    Amanda Grinnell: Link

    Lacey Pearl Earps: Link


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  • #2
    I would orally commit if the hostesses showed up at my game too ;)
    .......

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    • #3
      I really hope the NCAA crushes them on this.


      Nobody cares about your stupid fantasy team.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bearsfan_51 View Post
        I really hope the NCAA crushes them on this.
        They won't. They'll get hit with another secondary violation, but secondary violations might as well not be violations at all.

        How long until the SEC issues a new bylaw which changes the rules so that X secondary violations within a certain period of time count as one probatable major violation? A point system if you will.

        They'll call it Kiffin's Law, or perhaps the Fulmer Amendment.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bearsfan_51 View Post
          I really hope the NCAA crushes them on this.
          For what might I ask?
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          • #6
            bitches aint nothin but hoes and tricks

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            • #7
              Originally posted by VoodooMonkey View Post
              For what might I ask?
              Failure to monitor.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by VoodooMonkey View Post
                For what might I ask?
                Using or allowing 'hostesses' to attract recruits...

                Simply put, even if Kiffin and his staff didn't sanction this, I don't see how they wouldn't have known about it.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cigaro View Post
                  Using or allowing 'hostesses' to attract recruits...

                  Simply put, even if Kiffin and his staff didn't sanction this, I don't see how they wouldn't have known about it.
                  Hmmmm, you think that UT is the only school to have hostesses?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by VoodooMonkey View Post
                    Hmmmm, you think that UT is the only school to have hostesses?
                    That has absolutely nothing to do with whether they should be reprimanded or not.

                    But here's a recruit's take on it;

                    "I haven't seen no other schools do that," Lattimore said, according to the report.
                    And considering he's a five star and not some 'hidden gem' player, I'm pretty sure he's been recruited by a number of schools...


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JT Jag View Post
                      Failure to monitor.
                      By all means, if Kiffin or the football program paid these girls to go to the recruits game and hold up the sign, then sanctions are deserved, but there's no proof of that. In fact the word is it was a hostess that lived in the area and was home from school.

                      Based on the timing of the allegations this was obviously brought up by someone with an ax to grind and I'll be surprised if anything more than another secondary violation comes out of this, tops.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cigaro View Post
                        That has absolutely nothing to do with whether they should be reprimanded or not.

                        But here's a recruit's take on it;



                        And considering he's a five star and not some 'hidden gem' player, I'm pretty sure he's been recruited by a number of schools...

                        A girl held up a sign that said "Come to Tennessee". Sounds deserving of serious sanctions to me.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by VoodooMonkey View Post
                          A girl held up a sign that said "Come to Tennessee". Sounds deserving of serious sanctions to me.
                          Where did the article say that's all they did? I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be saying they're nice and cool because he saw them in the stands with a sign. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have said his teammates were heavily swayed because they saw her in the stands with a sign. This isn't exactly rocket science...

                          Biased reading ftl.


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                          • #14
                            courtney hitchcock makes me want to go to UT.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by soybean View Post
                              courtney hitchcock makes me want to go to UT.
                              So hot. The other ones were pretty meh.

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