The University of Tennessee announced today the conclusion of the school's internal investigation into the recruitment of Tyler Smith.
In April, the school began investigating alleged violations of NCAA rules during the recruitment of Smith. After a thorough probe by the UT general counsel's office, the university found insufficient credible evidence of impermissible recruiting inducements. The investigation did, however, turn up secondary violations because a booster made impermissible recruiting contacts with Smith and contacted him prior to and after his high school contests, violating NCAA Bylaws 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52(b). Based on these violations, the university has disassociated the booster from its athletics program for a period of two years.
"We're glad to have a conclusion on this. Anytime we hear of any allegations involving potential NCAA issues, we need to investigate them quickly," said Mike Hamilton, men's athletic director.
UT submitted a report of their findings to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) on Thursday, Oct. 27. The SEC accepted the university's actions and has forwarded the report to the NCAA. The complete report and the SEC letter are attached to the release.
The University of Tennessee will not be commenting any further at this time.