The NCAA is investigating whether the University of Tennessee committed any recruiting violations by allegedly unleashing an army of pretty girls to potential recruits' games, according to a report from the New York Times
This issue puts Volunteers coach Lane Kiffin in the spotlight again. Since taking over as coach, the university has committed at least six secondary NCAA violations
This time, it's the alleged use of "hostesses" that has captured the attention of the powers-that-be. The group is responsible for hosting potential students on visits -- including athletes-- something far from unique to Tennessee. It's how they're going about it that's causing the alleged problem.
It was not clear whether the university sent the hostesses to visit the football players, the newspaper (New York Times) reported.
one case, hostesses traveled nearly 200 miles to attend a football game
at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., one of the nation's
best high school football programs, where at least three potential
Tennessee recruits were playing, according to the report.
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."
Then, Lattimore clinches it.
"You don't want to go to a college where they ain't pretty."
No, no you don't, Marcus.
Again, all of this is very speculative, but one wonders if these hostesses would make the 200-mile trip to a high school football game if they weren't asked to. Those things tend to take place on Friday nights, when many college students find better -- and less constructive -- things to do.
Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton confirmed the school was
being investigated, but declined comment on the allegations.
Do you think this is being blown out of proportion or another Kiffin-related problem for the orange and white?