Steve Rubio Recruiting Trip, Ed Orgeron Workout Key In Tennessee Football's NCAA Allegations

The NCAA’s notice of allegations against Tennessee Volunteers football, published today, didn’t provide very much new information, but it did narrow down the scope of what the NCAA was looking into.

While there doesn’t appear to be anything in there on those infamous Tennessee hostesses or former assistant coach Ed Orgeron’s phone recruitment of Tennessee players when Clan Kiffin was on its way out of town, there are several other episodes of which we definitely already knew the details.

Ed Orgeron’s alleged tryout for recruit Brandon Willis is one of those episodes. Orgeron allegedly personally conducted a workout with Willis on Willis’ high school campus in May 2009. That’s several months before an in-person meeting between Orgeron and Willis and off of Tennessee’s campus would’ve been permissible.

Another was intern Steve Rubio’s Kiffin-sanctioned October 2009 recruiting trip to Fort Lauderdale, which AD Mike Hamilton had originally brushed off as a non-violation. Rubio reportedly visited a player off-campus, which is something only Tennessee’s coaching staff is allowed to do. That sounds very similar to the recruiting hostesses saga, and if you’re able to explain the difference, please feel free.

And, of course, several mentions of general telephone anarchy on the part of Kiffin’s staff. Did Kiffin and his men ever call recruits at a time when it was actually not against the rules to do so?

The notice is riddled with redactions, but most of the mysteries produced by those black marks are on the Bruce Pearl side of things. The cases being made against Kiffin, Orgeron, and Hamilton are relatively cut and dry.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.