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.Then, Lattimore clinches it.
In 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.
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."
"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?