Tennessee Volunteers and Lane Kiffin Are at It Again

Timmy Edwards-FerrelCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action prior to the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Well it didn't take long for Lane Kiffin to have a major recruiting scandal at Tennessee.  It's only been a year and a week since Kiffin was hired to be the head football coach at UT, and he's already pissed off most of the college football world, had some of his prized recruits get arrested for armed robbery, and now may be facing his biggest problem yet.

The NCAA is investigating claims that UT hostesses travelled to visit recruits, something that is not allowed under NCAA rules.  Even if Lane and his staff didn't tell the girls to go visit the recruits, they are still considered employees of the university and it would still be a recruiting violation.

This investigation is very interesting, because recruiting investigations rarely happen before February, when all the recruits have signed.  Also, they have been talking to several recruits who haven't committed to UT, another rarity.

UT's recruiting hostesses are girls from UT who are generally pretty and "friendly."  They are beloved by Vols fans, as many of them think that they were instrumental in the landing of big-time recruits Bryce Brown and Nu'keese Richardson. 

The hostesses used to have a thread devoted to them and their recruiting tactics on Tennessee message bored VolNation.com.  The thread was pulled sometime today, but you can still see it here and here.

There have been rumors that hostess Lacey Pearl Earps was "romantically involved" at one point or another with Brown, Richardson, and several other UT recruits.

Earps also has several interesting things on her MySpace page, including pictures with her hugging recruits and a post from Chaz Green, an offensive tackle recruit from Florida, saying he had a "great visit."

It looks like we may have another Colorado from the late '90s on our hands.

It now seems like the UT Girls were instrumental in landing recruits Brandon Willis and Corey Miller, both verbal commits from Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC.  Five-star recruit Marcus Lattimore is also a player there, and he has insinuated that the girls were instrumental in Willis and Miller committing to UT.

Now, UT fans are turning ugly, calling Lattimore a narc and a snitch.  Nevermind that if he didn't tell the truth to the NCAA investigators he could potentially be banned for life.  Ever heard of Dez Bryant?

Also, real smart bashing Lattimore.  I'm sure Willis and Miller are going to be pumped to see their teammate being treated that way.

In the end, there's a good chance nothing will come of this.  Remember when Southern Cal was paying Reggie Bush and got nothing more than a slap on the wrist?  Also, remember who was an assistant coach at Southern Cal at the time?  Lane Kiffin.

Hopefully if there were violations, the NCAA will come down hard on UT, especially considering Kiffin's track record.  It will probably be hard to find them though, as it seems the UT coaching staff is acting fast, since some recruits' parents are denying that UT told to girls to make their trips.  There's a good chance Tennessee will hang the girls out to dry.

Just remember, you can't spell "recruiting violation" without UT.


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