Update: Vols find no NCAA violation in player's bar visit

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --Tennessee officials say Volunteers junior forward Renaldo Woolridge did not commit any NCAA violation when he visited a Knoxville bar over the weekend.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Monday that Woolridge received exclusive access to a portion of New Amsterdam Bar and Grill free of charge early Sunday morning to film a music video.

Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton says athletics officials interviewed Woolridge and the bar's owner and general manager and found no violations. Woolridge, who raps under the name "Swiperboy," visited an area in the bar open to the public looking for a location for a future video.

Vols officials determined there was no violation because student groups are allowed to use the area for free and the space was not blocked off for Woolridge's private use on Sunday.

A spokesman says the Tennessee athletics department is looking into whether a Volunteers basketball player received free use of a Knoxville bar to film a music video, which may be an NCAA violation.

Athletics spokesman Jimmy Stanton declined further comment about a report in The Knoxville News Sentinel that Renaldo Woolridge received exclusive access to a portion of New Amsterdam Bar and Grill free of charge early Sunday morning to film a video.

Tennessee is currently under NCAA investigation for recruiting violations.

The News Sentinel reported that the use of the space was provided to Woolridge for free in an effort to support him and Tennessee athletics. Representatives of New Amsterdam did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Monday.

There was no further comment from coach Pearl after practice, although the top Vol did meet with Woolridge and UT compliance officials prior to the workout.



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