I mean, it’s gotta be about hatin’, right?
First, you’ve got ol’ Andy Staples stepping up after a UT recruit at Byrnes High School had this to say to Rivals:
“It had to have been coaches from other schools that turned Tennessee in,” Willis told the site. “They probably got jealous when they saw the girls at the game. We did nothing wrong and neither did the girls. They stayed in a hotel alone and didn’t even have anything to do with us besides watching us play…”
Oh no, they di’int. And Andy’s got the photo to prove it.
The best part is that Staples had no idea that the photo had any significance until almost three months after he took it, when the New York Times broke the story.
Meanwhile, that mean old librul Gray Lady is at it again, with a report of yet another recruiting investigation going on.
… Hamilton said in a telephone interview that the SEC was looking into the actions of a Tennessee recruiting intern, Steve Rubio, who flew to South Florida with Coach Lane Kiffin recently and visited the athletic powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.
Under N.C.A.A. rules, Rubio, who graduated from Aquinas and volunteered there, is not allowed to recruit off the Tennessee campus. Hamilton said the concern was whether Rubio did recruiting work and contacted players while he was at the high school.
There’s also some salacious business the Times reports about that isn’t part of an official investigation.
Also on Friday, Keith Easterwood, a veteran summer basketball coach, said that on a visit last year with his son, a football recruit, he had to ask a hostess to stop brushing her breasts against both him and his son.
He recalled saying, “Young lady, if you don’t stop doing that, we’ve got a problem.”
Easterwood said that he took a group of basketball players to a Western Kentucky football game at Tennessee this year, and that the presence of the hostesses had his players “literally reduced to blubbering idiots.”
“I’ve been up there five times, four for football and one basketball visit,” Easterwood said. “My observation is that this is a very organized operation. These girls have obviously been groomed. There’s a lot of eye contact and touching.”
Hubba hubba! You wonder if this stuff is going to collapse under its own weight at some point in time. In the short-term, it’s still a win for Junior, though. At the end of the article, the Times quotes Kiffin’s boss describing the Laner as “successful yet controversial“. And they spelled his name correctly, too.