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Vols will self-report another minor gaffe

Vols will self-report another minor gaffe

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:01 pm
By: AP


KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee will self-report another minor recruiting violation after a comment about a recruit was posted to coach Lane Kiffin’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Kiffin’s profiles on the two social media Web sites on Tuesday briefly read: “I was so excited to hear that J.C. Copeland committed to play for the Vols today!”

Copeland is a junior at Troup County High School in LaGrange, Ga.

Athletics director Mike Hamilton told The Knoxville News Sentinel an assistant posted the comments on the Web sites without consulting the athletic department’s compliance officials. Hamilton was unavailable for comment Wednesday morning.

The university also self-reported a secondary violation in February when Kiffin mentioned eventual signee Bryce Brown’s name on a radio program.

Secondary violations by schools are common and rarely punished by the NCAA.

• Knoxville police have questioned Tennessee defensive back Brent Vinson as a witness in a shooting.

Charles Corn was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being shot at a Knoxville townhouse complex late Tuesday night. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

Police interviewed Vinson as a witness because he was present when the shooting happened. Vinson is not considered a suspect.

Vinson, a junior from Hampton, Va., had 13 tackles last season and an interception against Vanderbilt that he returned 69 yards.

• Former University of Tennessee basketball guard Ramar Smith has surrendered to police in the investigation of a home invasion robbery.

Knox County Jail Officer Betty Shelton told The Associated Press that Smith turned himself in early today on a charge of aggravated robbery.

The 22-year-old Smith was charged in a Monday night home invasion at an apartment complex in Knoxville.

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl dismissed Smith, a native of Mount Clemens, Mich., after the 2007-08 season. He averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 assists per game that season, but Pearl said he failed to meet expectations off the court.

Smith was held this morning in lieu of $15,000 bond.
Published in The Messenger 5.21.09

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