The best laid plans of mice and Vols

Tennessee has received the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations.  Here’s what that includes with regard to a certain former head coach and staff no longer associated with the football program:

The notice contains the following allegations of violation of NCAA rules against the football program:

  • By former members of the football coaching staff: impermissible telephone contact (16 total calls) with prospective student-athletes from Jan. 3-9, 2010.
  • By a former assistant football coach: allegations relating to impermissible contacts with prospective student-athletes.
  • By a former head football coach: failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several assistant coaches have also been made against a former head football coach, and permitting a football recruiting intern to make impermissible contact with high school staff during a recruiting visit.

Junior scores with a failure to promote and a failure to monitor.  That’s gonna make Pat Haden happy.

The basketball program was also hit with a failure to promote and a failure to monitor, which should raise the question in the eyes of the impartial observer about what Mike Hamilton’s concept of managing an athletic department amounts to.  That’s not something we’re likely to hear an answer to for a while.

… The University has a deadline of May 21, 2011 to formulate and submit a response to this Notice of Allegations to the NCAA. It is anticipated that the University’s appearance before the Committee on Infractions will be during the committee’s meeting on June 10-11, 2011.

Because the University and Athletic Department are now in the response phase of this process, there will be no further public comments regarding this matter by any University official until this process is complete.



Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, The NCAA

22 responses to “The best laid plans of mice and Vols

  1. Spence

    Boom goes the dynamite.


  2. GreenDawg

    I don’t know about the football program, but I have it from a good source that the corruption in basketball recruiting goes much deeper than what the NCAA has found so far. I’m sure some UT folks are hoping the NCAA is done snooping around their program for a while.


  3. Kevin

    I say it every time you put up a story like this, because it bears repeating.

    How the hell does Mike Hamilton still have a job?


  4. Go Dawgs!

    I just saw a draft of Tennessee’s response to the NCAA inquiry.

    It’s one line, and reads, “YEW-TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!”


  5. Normaltown Mike

    Pearl has a more than checkered history with the NCAA. So much so that he was basically blacklisted from legit programs until UT gave him a shot.

    Here’s a longish article about Pearl (written before UT) which highlights some of his long and winding history.


  6. 69Dawg

    Well I guess UT is “all in” on Lame Kitten. How does a school with both of it’s main programs getting this kind of hit not here those four little words “lack of institutional control”. UT needs to throw Hamilton to the wolves before they get the death penalty.


  7. Dog in Fla

    GWOM (Global War on Mike), “Springtime for Hitler and Germany…”
    Noonish, 23 February 2011
    Green Zone, Knoxville

    The NCAA’s begins its Spring Offensive against Knoxville with devastating incoming into the Green Zone this morning starting first with “boom goes the dynamite.” Mike in full battle gear, shaken but not stirred, sits alone messing around with some combination locks in his own private Hurt Locker

    while waiting for the next round of incoming: what is Pat Summit going to do to him? Not a good day even though he knew it was coming.

    Mike, who really doesn’t even like the smell of napalm in the morning, jots down bullet points as the sentencing portion of the seige against him and his contract extension talks near:

    Dear UT President and Board,

    1. Name one person who has ever been able to control Bruce.
    2. Name one person who has ever been able to contol Lane.
    3. Name one person who has ever been able to control Orgeron.
    4. Name one UT AD who has ever raised more money than me.

    With Warmest Personal Regards,

    Your Friend Mike


    • heyberto

      To which they’ll reply –

      1. You hired Peral and the Laner, who hired Orgeron. So they’re a problem you created.

      2. Maybe you do bring in a lot of money, but these three are going to cost us a whole lot more than you’ve raised.

      Or at least that’s what they should tell him.. he does still have a job, so they’re buying into something.


      • Dog in Fla

        No problemo. Mike will just work a little harder on #4 to make up the difference. He’s got the flair

        He’s got the job dicked. Plus supposedly he’s an all-around good guy (or has an excellent PR person), hail fellow well-met, serial adopter of kids, goes to Africa on humanitarian missions, yadda yadda yadda. We know stuff like that buys a lot of good will when you’re on a losing streak.

        “The UT administration is in a weird sort of place with the UTK athletic department right now. It’s always reported directly to the UT president rather than to anyone on the Knoxville campus, but that was changed a few months ago, and now Hamilton reports directly to the UTK chancellor, Jimmy Cheek — who is still new in his job as well. So Hamilton’s got a new boss, Cheek has a new and unfamiliar area of responsibility — and of course now Cheek himself has a new boss. So basically everybody in the chain of command is new and doesn’t know much about the situation other than Hamilton himself.”

        “Maybe Cheek will eventually grow a pair; maybe DiPietro will eventually grow a pair. But right now I think the only thing that would get Hamilton fired is if Jim Haslam calls up DiPietro and demands his head. Nobody else really has the standing to do it yet.”


  8. Bulldog Joe

    Mike will claim he didn’t know that will be the end of it.


  9. heyberto

    I think I can save them some time. Just send them this for Vol nation’s attitude towards the Laner and what he did in Knoxville –


  10. shane#1

    “It’s a lot easier to deny the allegations than it is to deny the allegator.”- Flip Wilson


  11. shane#1

    What if Hamilton is smarter than we think? Just suppose he hired Dooley knowing that the stuff was about to hit the fan. Dooley has to deal with whatever penalties the NCAA hands down and UT fans will blame him for whatever losses result. If the heat is turned up too much Hamilton can always fire Dooley and go after a name coach who will take over as the penalties end. In other words, use Dooley for cannon fodder. But then again, Hamilton hired Kiffin. Never mind.


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      You may have put your finger on the real reason for hiring Derek Dooley in the first place, a hire that made no sense on the merits then or now.


      • shane#1

        Your Honor, why not hire a guy with no connections to UT? He will have no boosters or trustees or media mavens in his pocket. It would not be like letting Phat Phil or Majors go, barely a ripple from the faithful. Plus you get him cheap and avoid the big buy out. But if Hamilton is smart enough to figure all this out, why Kiffin?


  12. Scott W.

    Because Monte is too damn good to pass up.