September 10, 2010
Of the numerous signs that Tennessee is no longer just a football school, one of the strongest came late Thursday night.
That's when news broke that the NCAA is currently snooping around the Vols' basketball program.
According to multiple reports, NCAA investigators are looking into whether Tennessee coaches committed any violations by making excessive phone calls to recruits. Head coach Bruce Pearl and assistant Tony Jones have reportedly already met with NCAA representatives, but the university has yet to receive a letter of inquiry regarding its basketball program.
The investigation comes at the same time as an NCAA probe into the Vols' football program. In addition to the six secondary violations Tennessee has already admitted to committing during Lane Kiffin's lone season as coach, ESPN.com reported last month that the NCAA has widened the scope of its investigation beyond the appearance of hostesses at high school football games.
It's worth noting that Tennessee was one of the primary schools recruiting McDonald's All-American Josh Selby, the highly touted Kansas freshman whose eligibility is under review by the NCAA. Selby originally committed to Tennessee before reneging on that decision and selecting Kansas over the Vols and SEC rival Kentucky.
At the time of Selby's decommitment in July 2009, Jones had this to say to the Knoxville News-Sentinel: "I'm not going to comment on any specific player, because I am not allowed to do that. I'll just say something smells right now.''
Of course, it's now Jones who's apparently being investigated. You can be sure that Kansas fans appreciate that irony.