Tennessee Vols: Bryce Brown's Eligibility Under NCAA Investigation

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IAugust 18, 2009

The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting that top rated recruit and the Vols supposed first team running back, Bryce Brown is currently under investigation by the NCAA.

At issue is money that was raised for he and other players to attend football camps during his time in High School.

There is no indication that Tennessee's recruitment of Brown is under the microscope, which is why I wanted to write this before one of the many Kiffin and Vols haters on this site got a hold of it and decided to spread rumors and lies.

The Vols and Lane Kiffin have been counting on Brown to contribute greatly this season. He and David Oku were two of the top rated high school running backs in the nation last season.

There was some concern during his recruitment about Brown's advisor, Brian Butler. College athletics has seen way too many of these "handlers" in recent years.

Most of the time the concern is warranted as many of these shady characters are in with agents. Butler was investigated when he began charging for access to his website which featured profiles of many of the players he represented

That, however, is not the case in this instance.

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Once again this particular investigation has nothing to do with Tennessee's recruitment of Brown.

His dealings with the handler and this latest situation with the money raised to send him to football camps does not bode well for his immediate future at UT.

Vols fans must now wait and hope that the investigation is wrapped up fairly quickly and that his amateur status is retained. There is a possibility he could be redshirtted this season so as not to lose this year of eligibility later on. But that's only if he ever gains eligibility after this investigation.

Losing Brown would leave a gigantic hole in the nice stable of backs that Tennessee was to enjoy this season.

If Brown has to sit this season out look for Montario Hardesty, David Oku, and Tauren Poole to share the load. All three were going to contribute anyway, but losing the number one recruit in the land would definitely hurt.

The timing of this is somewhat conspicuous, but if Brown and Company did the crime they must do the time.

Brown left practice yesterday with hip discomfort. He was dressed for practice today, but held out because of the impending investigation.

I'm sure there will be more on this story as it develops. Stay tuned.

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