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Vols have hostesses with the mostest?

Yeah, I’m a little late to the party on this one — so sue me, get a refund of your purchase price — but it seems as if Tennessee has found itself in a little bit of hot water with NCAA.

Specifically, the NCAA is looking into “recruiting hostesses” who are all the rage on the Knoxville campus — and in the areas where potential recruits are located.

The New York Times reports that the NCAA has talked to four Volunteer targets, and have plans to talk to at least two additional recruits.

Interviews with multiple recruits and their family members revealed that the N.C.A.A. has strong interest in Tennessee’s use of recruiting hostesses, students who are part of a formal group at the university that hosts all manner of prospective students at campus visits, including athletes. It is not clear whether the university sent the hostesses to visit the football players.

In one case, hostesses traveled nearly 200 miles to attend a high school game in South Carolina in which at least three Tennessee recruits were playing.

Marcus Lattimore, a running back who made an unofficial visit to Tennessee but said he would not enroll there, said multiple Tennessee hostesses attended a game at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., in September. He said they brought signs, including one that read, “Come to Tennessee.”

“I haven’t seen no other schools do that,” he said. “It’s crazy.”

The hostesses are part of the school’s Orange Pride ambassador group and, as an official arm of the school, would not be permitted to help recruit away from the campus.

The father of one of the recruits questioned by the NCAA told the Times that the visits by the hostesses were not sanctioned or orchestrated by the Tennessee coaching staff.

UT released a statement on Wednesday addressing the Times article.

The University of Tennessee confirms that there is an NCAA review under way. University Administration and Athletics are cooperating fully.

We are concerned about the alleged activities of some members of the Orange Pride. 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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21 Responses to “Vols have hostesses with the mostest?”
  1. KC_Vols says: Dec 10, 2009 1:36 PM

    Happens everywhere……next

  2. gator_prof says: Dec 10, 2009 1:46 PM

    Kiffy is now big pimp’in at UT. Well, at least now we know why his first recruiting class was so successful.
    Seriously, every school as attractive girls on hand to make the recruits stay “extra special”, but it is a no-no to send them to the kids HS.
    If they find that Orange Pride got a hold of the Vols’ recruiting list, then they are in trouble. The fact that the NCAA is on this so quickly and that it was leaked to the NYT doesn’t bode well.

  3. Crushitlong says: Dec 10, 2009 1:48 PM

    This happens at alot of D III schools. You’ve got more important items to worry about. Let’s start with setting up a playoff system to decide the ‘real’ National Champion.

  4. darlingknight27 says: Dec 10, 2009 2:05 PM

    The NCAA is and has been sending investigators to recruits houses to question and go over this issue. They also released a minor statement that “when a program self reports minor infractions repeatedly regarding the same issue (recruiting), it is worrysome.” when asked if it is usual for them to send investigators to the homes of recruits they said, “it is highly unusual.”
    So no, not a “happens everywhere”, more of an “oh crap the NCAA might stomp on us.”
    Previous penalties against other teams have been loss of scholarships, and ineligibility to sign involved recruits. If the NCAA does that, any recruits the hostesses involved had contact with may be unable to sign with the NCAA. Not only that, but if the NCAA finds that the hostess program at UT as a whole is wrong, they could make recruits that any hostess had contact with ineligible.
    Even more disturbing is that it is already making several commits look into other programs. This is especially true with the commits that have already had investigators stop by their houses.

  5. BrownsTown says: Dec 10, 2009 2:07 PM

    Sound like prostitutes to me.

  6. rolltide says: Dec 10, 2009 2:20 PM

    Sorry Vols, all schools have hostesses, but all schools don’t send them on the road. Too bad NCAA Special Agent Fulmer isn’t around to save you from this.
    But remember guys, anytime people are talking about your program, it’s a good thing, right! That’s Kiffin’s motto, right?

  7. hrmlss says: Dec 10, 2009 2:21 PM

    If Lane’s wife is one of these Prostitutes…err…Hostesses, then Tennessee is more than welcome to recruit me!

  8. plfalzar says: Dec 10, 2009 2:29 PM

    UT will lose scholorships over this, no doubt.
    @ KC_Vols: Let me guess, you are a professor at Tennessee. You sound about as sharp as gator_prof.
    Just because other douche bag schools do it, doesn’t mean your school should.
    SEC r-tard.

  9. kls05v says: Dec 10, 2009 2:37 PM

    Hey, UT, what some advice? Well your going to get it regardless. Go get USo.Cal.’s lobbyists and attorneys.

  10. kls05v says: Dec 10, 2009 2:38 PM

    Hey UT, want some advice? Well your going to get it regardless. Go get U.So.Cal.’s lobbyists and attorneys’?

  11. Sonny Mooks says: Dec 10, 2009 2:47 PM

    Who wants to bet money that one of these recruits has/had a girlfriend who got really ticked off about this ?
    lol….either that or one of the kids parents didn’t like the way this was looking.

  12. frank booth says: Dec 10, 2009 3:06 PM

    They have Hostesses that are the Moistest

  13. Hong Kong Phooey says: Dec 10, 2009 3:23 PM

    In related news…..Tiger Woods has just committed to the University of Tennessee.

  14. fellasheowed says: Dec 10, 2009 4:07 PM

    hostess’ thats what they call their ho-ho’s. sending suzy q to a high school with a junk food ban to show off their mini-muffins, and get their ding-dongs thinking about fruit pie…are these girls donettes, will they sno-ball a twinkie

  15. Deb says: Dec 10, 2009 4:41 PM

    “There are 75 students, both men and women, in the group.”
    Um … what services do the men perform?

  16. hrudey says: Dec 10, 2009 4:55 PM

    Deb: They went to a high school in South Carolina, so, uh… pumping gas? Or something similar. 😉

  17. frank booth says: Dec 10, 2009 5:08 PM

    Deb says:
    December 10, 2009 4:41 PM ET
    “There are 75 students, both men and women, in the group.”
    Um … what services do the men perform?
    The girls are extra busy, because they have to service the basketball, golf, and softball teams.
    I’m a lesbian trapped in a man’s body.

  18. Deb says: Dec 10, 2009 5:36 PM

    @hrudey & frank …
    Wondered what kind of answers I’d get to that! LOL
    I know a lot of teams have hostesses, but this is the first time I’ve heard about one with a traveling caravan. Someone needs to tell Lane he’s supposed to show up on Mama’s doorstep with a Bible and a promise to make a good man out of Junior. Mama doesn’t wanna know nothin’ about how some “hostess” is gonna make a man outta Junior. Lane has really stepped in it now!

  19. gator_prof says: Dec 10, 2009 6:03 PM

    Hmmm, a candid photo of the UT recruiting staff

  20. Wrathchild says: Dec 10, 2009 7:29 PM

    “”I haven’t seen no other schools do that,” he said. “It’s crazy.””
    So he has seen it before…

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