This never would have happened on Fulmer’s watch.

Boys, it’s the end of an era.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch won’t be making any more phone calls to University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones about his players getting into legal trouble.

After the News Sentinel raised questions about Rausch’s string of calls with Jones following rape allegations against two players, Rausch and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero opted to review the practice.

There were four calls between Jones and Rausch on the day of the Nov. 16, 2014, rape allegations against former players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams, according to Jones’ cell phone records obtained by the News Sentinel in a public records request.

“After reviewing our long-standing practice of courtesy notifications to the University of Tennessee administration of incidents involving UT students, it is clear that no investigations were compromised or improper information provided,” Rausch said in a prepared statement released Friday.

“But in the interest of transparency and to alleviate any appearance of conflict of interest, we have changed the previous practice, to ensure that investigators focus without hindrance on finding the facts and bringing justice to victims of crime.

“Going forward, in any incident involving a student at the University, KPD will make formal notification only to UT law enforcement, as required by state law and as part of our ongoing interdepartmental cooperation.”

I don’t understand.  Doesn’t the KPD want the Vols to win anymore?

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15 responses to “This never would have happened on Fulmer’s watch.

  1. Puffdawg

    There really is no justice in this world. We lost 4 games of AJ Green because he sold a piece or property which rightfully belonged to him, and we lost 4 games of Todd Gurley because he profited off his own name. So we lost the already limited opportunity to watch the two greatest players since Herschel for stupid NCAA shit, but UT notifies the coach when his players rape people and nobody misses a beat. I’m sure parents in Tenneessee will be glad to know now that if their daughter goes to UT and happen to be raped by a football player, at least know they’ll have a fighting chance to make a case. Carry on, NCAA.

  2. Normaltown Mike

    WWSD

    What would smokey do?

  3. lakedawg

    Got to believe our wussy AD has cost us a few games in recent years.

  4. Bright Idea

    UTPD will call Booch now.

  5. Brcdavis

    But I don’t understand, what’s this have to do with open records? Or have you changed the subject of the blog?

  6. AusDawg85

    What did Kirby have to do with this and why is he letting it be a distraction?😉

  7. Suite jesus

    The prepared statement tries to indicate the cops made these courtesy calls with re to ” ut students ” of which athletes are a small subset and football players an even smaller focus group. Wonder how many plain old students got the benefit of this courtesy?

    • Dolly Llama

      I was thinking the exact same thing, Suite. In the original stories, it was pretty clear that such calls were made to COACHES when student ATHLETES got into trouble. Now it’s just plain old “students” with plain old “administrators” getting the calls. I call horseshit, and I hope we’re not the only two people to notice it. I hope they keep on digging and end up showing what a real shitshow Knoxville really is.

      • Minnesota Dawg

        Don’t know why you guys are getting worked up about this–the Chief himself said it was “clear” that no investigations were compromised or improper info provided. No conflict of interest or bias issues here. Thanks Chief, I feel much better after such a thorough review!!

        Seriously, when it comes to these police department declarations, the more absolute and confident the statements are, the less inclined I am to believe them. Even taken at face value, the practice of providing ANY information to UT coaches prior to or concurrent with an ongoing investigation of players could be considered “improper” and it doesn’t take a genius to appreciate how it might compromise an investigation. The chief’s inability to even acknowledge this possibility….well, stinks.

      • Bazooka Joe

        And did you notice they stated they would only give “formal” notification to KPD… Seems like a huge hula-hoop sized opening there for some “informal” notifications……..

  8. Walt

    “After reviewing our long-standing practice of courtesy notifications to the University of Tennessee administration of incidents involving UT students, it is clear that no investigations were compromised or improper information provided,” Rausch said in a prepared statement released Friday.”

    I wonder how they arrived at this conclusion? What did the administrators tell the “students”: ” Boys your going to be charged with a crime. Do NOT get together and get your storiers to match, clean up the crime scene, or conspire to conceal any evidence.”

    • Macallanlover

      Shocked there was no evidence of inappropriate behavior or of any investigation being compromised. We can all be confident every rock was turned in the search for the truth. Frankly, why change the policy if things are so clean?

  9. Gaskilldawg

    Looks like the Tennessee legislature will have to level the playing field and pass “notify the coach” legislation. Then legislators can tell the press that hey hope it leads to a national championship.

  10. Tatum

    Courtesy notification = heads up/get your shit together
    Administration = football coach
    Student = football player