I hope we could have it done by the first of September.''
That would coincide with the opening of football season. The Vols debut Aug. 31 against Wyoming at Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville.
Rowe asserts that he received checks from Mobile insurance executive and UT fan Dianne Sanford, along with directions that the money should be wired to Martin. Martin repeatedly has denied accepting financial assistance from Rowe or Sanford.
The Mobile Register has copies of two checks Sanford wrote to Rowe totaling $4,500. However, no documents signed by Martin indicating receipt of Western Union transfers from Rowe have ever been produced.
Sanford says the checks she wrote to Rowe were to help with his house payments. This seems to be supported by court records which reportedly show Rowe took out a $4,500 loan in September of 1997, then defaulted on it in September of '99.