Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Vols 'recruiting hostesses' draw NCAA scrutiny

Tennessee's recruiting practices are under scrutiny by the NCAA, the New York Times reports, with the focus on recruiting hostesses.

From the Times:

The N.C.A.A. is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the University of Tennessee’s football recruiting practices, according to interviews with several prospects, their family members and high school administrators. A significant part of the investigation is focused on the use of recruiting hostesses who have become folk heroes on Tennessee Internet message boards for their ability to help lure top recruits. ...

Interviews with multiple recruits and their family members revealed that the N.C.A.A. has strong interest in Tennessee’s use of recruiting hostesses, students who are part of a formal group at the university that hosts all manner of prospective students at campus visits, including athletes. It is not clear whether the university sent the hostesses to visit the football players.

In one case, hostesses traveled nearly 200 miles to attend a high school game in South Carolina in which at least three Tennessee recruits were playing.

Marcus Lattimore, a running back who made an unofficial visit to Tennessee but said he would not enroll there, said multiple Tennessee hostesses attended a game at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., in September. He said they brought signs, including one that read, “Come to Tennessee.”

“I haven’t seen no other schools do that,” he said. “It’s crazy.”


Anonymous said...

So now a different face of the Kiffen era begins. Hope no one is surprised.

Anonymous said...

i wonder if they do more than hold up signs.

Shawn said...

Pete Thamel, the NYT reporter that wrote the story, seems to have an agenda shared with his "friend" Urban Meyer.....this could get pretty deep -