Grade-fixing investigated

The Knox County School System is conducting an investigation that could adversely affect the immediate eligibility of a heralded University of Tennessee football signee whose father played for the Vols in the 1980s.

Lee Smith, a 6-6, 245-pound tight end/defensive end from nearby Powell, signed with UT last February and already attended summer school. The son of former Vol offensive lineman Daryle Smith, Lee is among several Powell High School students under investigation regarding allegations of grade fixing, according to Knoxville TV station WBIR.

The central figure in the investigation is Powell High assistant principal Kimberly Kallenberg, who has been suspended while officials look into allegations of grade fixing and an inappropriate relationship with a student. Both Smith and Kallenberg have denied having such a relationship.

If Smith was given grades he didn't earn while at Powell, obviously his immediate eligibility with the Vols would be called into question.

UT athletics director Mike Hamilton is closely monitoring the situation. He told The Tennessean that school administrators will "wait and see what the facts are. If any of it proves true, we'll act appropriately."

Lee Smith was a PrepStar All-American as a Powell High senior in 2005. He caught 21 passes for 420 yards last fall, recording 55 tackles and nine sacks on defense. Smith was profiled in the March, 2005 issue of Rocky Top News, shortly after he publicly committed to UT.

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