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New Details Emerge About The Scope Of Tennessee’s Investigation Into Football Program

KNOXVILLE, TN - MARCH 22, 2018 - The Tennessee Volunteers during Spring practice on Haslam Field in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tennessee Athletics

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The University Of Tennessee and their compliance department and prominent attorney Michael Glazier are continuing their investigation into potential NCAA violations involving the Tennessee football program.

Kansas City attorney Michael Glazier was hired to look into allegations of improper benefits to recruits and impermissible benefits to current athletes.

On Monday, the University released a statement to Fox Sports Knoxville regarding the hiring of Glazier and Kyle Skillman.

“We take seriously our institutional commitment to NCAA compliance and are reviewing regulatory issues that have been brought to our attention. As part of that process, we are currently working with attorneys Kyle Skillman and Michael Glazier with Bond, Schoeneck & King. We will provide additional information when it’s appropriate.”

According to multiple sources, attorneys have been interviewing people inside the program over the last month of the investigation. Those interviews were also held on Wednesday, as they look deeper into alleged improprieties.

Part of the investigation that attorneys are looking into involves the use of local hotels regarding the recruitment of potential student-athletes during unofficial visits over the course of the last few years. Several members of Tennessee’s recruiting department have been questioned concerning these matters and more.

Another part of the investigation is the activity of a recruiting staffer who worked for assistant coaches, including ILB coach Brian Niedermeyer inside the football program and if he was involved in NCAA recruiting violations involving potential recruits, including Amarius Mims, an offensive lineman who signed with Georgia last month.

Numerous current student-athletes have been brought up during the questioning over the past month, and Glazier continues to investigate the possibility of improper benefits given to these athletes.

On Thursday, ESPN reported that the University is currently in a holding pattern when it comes to offering contracts to potential coaches or resigning ones with expiring deals. Brian Niedermeyer is one of the coaches with an expiring contract.

As previously reported, this investigation has been ongoing since late November. The Tennessee football program released a statement to FOX Sports Knoxville on December 19th regarding the ongoing investigation.

“In keeping with our institutional commitment to compliance, we often look closely at regulatory issues that are brought to our attention via internal or external channels. Maintaining compliance is a shared responsibility, and active monitoring is part of that process.”

The investigation is expected to continue as they sort through the details and interview others.

Stay tuned to FOX Sports Knoxville for continuing coverage of the investigation, with more to come over the next few days.

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