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Picture of Tennessee Hostesses at Byrnes High Game in South Carolina

My man Andy Staples who does excellent work during college football season at SI came up big with this damning photo evidence against Tennessee. The picture serves as evidence against the Vols football program which is under investigation by the NCAA for improper conduct by its Orange Pride “student ambassador group.” Two members of the group, captain Lacey Earps and member Dahra Johnson, traveled over 200 miles to watch Byrnes High recruits Corey Miller and Brandon Willis play in their game against Gaffney High. As far as I understand things, the hostesses are not allowed to recruit off campus since they are representatives of the University. This photo alone shows they committed a violation, so here’s the picture of the Tennessee hostesses at the Byrnes High game:

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It may have been minor matters up until this point, but due to the volume of negative stories against Lane Kiffin, I can no longer give him and his staff the benefit of the doubt. If the hostesses are going out of their way to do more than is legal, that gives them a clear cut advantage over rival schools. Think about it: most recruits will feel a stronger tie to one school if that university is making excessive contact that they’re not supposed to be making. Can’t you see the high schoolers saying “I like Tennessee the most because they reached out to me more than anyone else. They even sent some girls to one of my games.” Yeah, illegally. This is not a good start for Lane Kiffin, that’s for sure. He’s created far more headlines for negative things than positive ones in his first year on the job. I also must include this anecdote from the latest NY Times story on the matter, it’s a beauty:

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