Pearl, Dooley, Kiffin Named as Possible Witnesses In UT Lawsuit

Plaintiffs in the sexual assault lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee on February 9th produced a lengthy new filing Tuesday that asked a federal judge to keep the case in Nashville in order to avoid “trauma and mental anguish” that would occur if the case was moved to east Tennessee.

Additionally, the filing alleges that six different student-athletes were found by way of Tennessee’s own “internal investigation” to have committed sexual assaults but were “allowed to remain on campus, graduate or transfer to other schools.” Among the listed athletes is former UT football player Von Pearson, who was accused of sexual assault last year but the case was thrown out by the Knox County District Attorney due to insufficient evidence. Former Vol basketball player Yemi Makanjuola, and former football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams were named, as well. 

A long list of potential witnesses is also contained in the filing. The list includes former UT basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coaches Derek Dooley and Lane Kiffin. Peyton Manning accuser Jamie Naughright is named, as well as past Vol football player Marlon Walls, who called into The Paul Finebaum Show last week and defended Butch Jones and UT.

Tennessee and its legal counsel have not yet responded to this newest set of accusations.