By Luke Thomas
The University of Tennessee’s football program self-reported 7 minor NCAA violations over the last 6 months. All 7 of the violations are classified as Level III and Level IV Violations making them minor.
According to ESPN, the most serious of the 7 violations was committed when a University of Tennessee football player promoted the selling of his jersey on Facebook: “The Facebook-related violation involved a football player permitting the use of his name and image to promote a commercial project. The player wasn’t identified. After the player made the post, which has since been deleted, a Facebook friend of his paid the player $300 for four jerseys. The player said the jersey manufacturer was an acquaintance of someone from the player’s hometown.” While the identity of the player remains unknown to the public, ESPN went on to report that the student was educated about the rules and was held out of competition until the NCAA reinstated him in December.
It is also worth noting that reports show the student did not intend to make any financial gain off of the jersey sale as the University of Tennessee’s report stated, “He was proud of the achievement of his name and number on the jersey of his hometown college team, and excited at the prospect of letting friends and family share in that pride.”
While the online jersey sale was the most significant of the 7 minor NCAA Violations, another occurred when the University of Tennessee invited several high school prospects that the program was recruiting to participate in a paintball game. The program’s athletic department also determined this event classified as an NCAA Violation and self-reported the incident to the NCAA. The recruiting staffer, who is currently anonymous, that told the players they were allowed to participate in the activity has since been disciplined according to the Knoxville News Sentinel: “UT disciplined the recruiting staffer, not allowing him to be involved in on-campus recruiting for 30 days or have any on-campus contact with the involved prospects for 90 days. The staff received other minor recruiting restrictions and education from UT and the SEC.”
Other violations committed by the University involve the Women’s Basketball, Soccer, and Swimming programs, none of which were major.
None of the violations that were reported are expected to be serious as most of them have already been handled. We will update this article if any new details unfold regarding the violations.