December 9, 2009 by USA Post
Orange Pride, The University of Tennessee issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, confirming there is an NCAA investigation involving the football program’s recruiting practices.
The N.Y. Times published a story Tuesday stating that a significant part of the investigation is focused on the use of recruiting hostesses, including multiple hostesses in the Orange Pride group who traveled nearly 200 miles to watch a high school game in South Carolina where three UT recruits were playing.
Here is UT’s statement:
“The University of Tennessee confirms that there is an NCAA review under way. Both university and NCAA guidelines are a part of the Orange Pride’s orientation and training. If those guidelines were violated, we will take appropriate action. Because of federal student privacy regulations, we can’t comment further.”
“Orange Pride is one of three student admissions groups that serve as ambassadors for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Orange Pride’s responsibilities include staffing university-wide admissions programs, providing campus tours, and hosting prospective athletes and their families. There are 75 students, both men and women, in the group. These ambassadors interact with hundreds of students across the campus.”
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