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NCAA to Bryce Brown: Let's talk Kiffin recruiting practices

Last week, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton acknowledged that his school is fully expecting to receive a Letter of Inquiry from the NCAA regarding potential recruiting violations allegedly committed during Lane Kiffin‘s 13 months as UT’s head coach.

One of the most prizedand controversial — signees of Kiffin’s one and only Volunteer recruiting class was running back Bryce Brown.

You didn’t need a degree in astrophysics to see 19 months ago the potential the orbits of those two paragraphs had of slamming headfirst into one another at some point in the future.  And, finally, the future has arrived.

Arthur Brown, father of the former Tennessee and quasi-current Kansas State running back, tells ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad that NCAA investigators have asked to speak to his son regarding the way Kiffin handled recruiting while serving the coach was at Tennessee.

“They said they want to talk about the recruiting practices of Tennessee under Kiffin,” Arthur Brown said. “We have nothing to hide. We have no need to be deceptive. If we made a mistake I can say it would not have been intentional. But I think this is about more than Bryce.”

Based on the fact that Hamilton expects to receive an LOI from the NCAA, it’s pretty safe to assume that Arthur Brown is correct, that the governing body’s interest in talking is about more than Bryce.

Brown’s father also said they had not yet talked to the NCAA because they were in the midst of preparing an appeal of UT head coach Derek Dooley‘s decision to deny Bryce a release from his scholarship.  That appeal was held today; regardless of the outcome, however, Bryce Brown will still enroll and attend classes at KSU later this month.

If Dooley’s decision is not overturned on appeal, Brown would have to pay his way through school this year.

Either way, the RB will not be eligible to play for the Wildcats until the 2011 season.

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Respond to “NCAA to Bryce Brown: Let's talk Kiffin recruiting practices”
  1. Bradenton Buc says: Aug 11, 2010 9:09 PM

    They should talk to Alshon Jeffrey at SC. I’m sure after that “working at McDonalds” quote from Lame, he would have plenty to say.

  2. Wrathchild says: Aug 11, 2010 9:11 PM

    “Either way, the RB will not be eligible to play for the Wildcats until the 2010 season.”
    That’s this season, John. You mean 2011?

  3. John Taylor says: Aug 11, 2010 9:17 PM

    Long day. Thanks for the heads up, Wrathchild.
    And Bradenton Buc, that would be pumping gas, not working at McDonalds. :-)

  4. gator_prof says: Aug 11, 2010 10:22 PM

    I almost feel sorry for the Vols right now, except the fact that while it was happening the fans were fully supportive. Time to pay the piper…
    I am sure that the USC fan base is very excited about this turn of events.

  5. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 12, 2010 8:36 AM

    This kid is nothing but trouble. Dooley should just release him and move on.

  6. SonofCalifornia says: Aug 12, 2010 11:16 AM

    Kiffen is kind of like Jesse Jackson and a seagull…flies in and craps over everything and flies away. Raiders, Tennessee…U$C…

  7. smokehouse says: Aug 12, 2010 4:13 PM

    Kiffen and his 7 wins as a college football coach. He needs like 390 more to catch JoPa. And yes, Tenneesee threw their old coach under the bus for this moron. And the fans loved it. What’s that tell you about about the Vol fans. I would like to see them go 0-60 in the next 5 years. No one deserves it more. Yep, the SEC, the cesspool of college football.

  8. Coach says: Aug 12, 2010 6:54 PM

    Smokehouse:
    I hope this is the last time you ever put Kiffin’s name in the same sentence as Joe Paterno!

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