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?