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December 21, 2009
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December 21, 2009

For The Record

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Investigated

By the NCAA and the SEC, possible recruiting violations in the Tennessee football program. Coach Lane Kiffin confirmed last week that he was questioned by SEC officials about an October recruiting trip to St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with Steve Rubio, a Tennessee intern and a St. Thomas graduate; if Rubio did any recruiting on the trip, it would be a violation of NCAA rules. The NCAA is looking into a trip to a South Carolina high school game allegedly made by two female Tennessee students for the purpose of visiting players being recruited by the Volunteers. The women are reportedly members of Orange Pride, a group of female students responsible for entertaining recruits on campus visits. An off-campus recruiting visit by them could violate NCAA rules against off-campus recruiting trips by unsanctioned school representatives. Kiffin denied any wrongdoing by himself or his staff and said his strong recruiting class this year is drawing attention to his practices.

Tossed

Out of the Dean Dome by North Carolina coach Roy Williams on Sunday, a fan who shouted while the Tar Heels' Deon Thompson was shooting a free throw. During the second half of UNC's 103--64 win over Presbyterian College on Sunday, a fan seated about 20 rows behind the Tar Heels' bench yelled at Thompson to miss his foul shot. Williams immediately had security officers remove the man from the arena. Said UNC point guard Larry Drew II, "That's some head-honcho stuff right there."

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