The question has been posed by many members of the media here around Knoxville and rightfully so following the revelation that Ed Oregeron sat in a team meeting with a University issued cell phone and contacted recruits about not going to class and jumping ship to USC.
If a recruit who enrolled early and was on campus had went to class this morning, they would be subject to the transfer rule which states players who transfer to another school must give up one year of eligibility to do so.
Ed Orgeron was calling them last night to advise them not to go to class so an offer from USC could be made if they wanted.
This is low by anyone's standards and shows just what a dirtbag scum these guys are as they exit Knoxville on the first red eye out of McGhee-Tyson Airport.
I know these recruits are young and have a tendency to see stars when a coach comes calling and offers them the world. Word to the wise here for any Tennessee recruit thinking of heading west as well: Read out how Eve tempted Adam with the apple and then apply that to this coaching staff.
Just take a little bite, it wont hurt anything. A bite from any apple offered by these guys is poison fruit and you will be no better than them if you follow their lead.
With all that has happened, one must ponder what the terms of their contracts read exactly at Tennessee. It is almost impossible to believe they did not somehow commit a breach of contract by working for USC recruiting on Volunteer funded cell phones.
If I am Mike Hamilton or a member of the UT Board of Trustees today, I am speaking to a lawyer on what repercussions we can make them feel 3,000 miles away in Botox Babylon out there in California. Do we not have a means to file suit and force them back to Knoxville to answer for these heinous crimes? (a bit much, I know)
While we all still bleed orange here in Vol Nation, I think it is safe to say that this fan base just wants to see these guys pay with their own blood.