Update: NCAA expands investigation into Tennessee recruiting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The NCAA is expanding its investigation into football recruiting practices at the University of Tennessee during Lane Kiffin's tenure as head coach according to ESPN.

Lane Kiffin reported six secondary violations while running the UT football program last season. UT Athletics Director Mike Hamilton confirmed last December that an NCAA review was underway and that the university administration and athletics department was cooperating fully.
Hamilton says the possibility of receiving a letter of inquiry to investigate tennessee for ncaa violations still exists.

The NCAA has interviewed several current and former Tennessee coaches and recruits regarding an investigation into possible recruiting violations, people with knowledge of the probe have told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

ESPN reported Friday that Tennessee expects to receive a letter of inquiry soon about possible violations under former coach Lane Kiffin and his staff.

Tennessee self-reported six minor recruiting violations by Kiffin and his staff during their one-year tenure and in December acknowledged cooperating with an NCAA investigation into actions by the school's Orange Pride athletics hostess program.

The Volunteers have not reported any violations since Kiffin's departure in January, however, and the interviews with coaches and recruits took place in the spring.

ESPN, citing an unnamed sources, reports that UT is expecting a letter of inquiry from the NCAA informing administrators of the expanded investigation.

The NCAA is expected to interview former coaches, including Kiffin, ESPN reports, as part of their continued probe into the use of UT hostesses in athletics recruiting.


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