The NCAA is investigating Tennessee's recruiting practices, with a significant part of the probe centering on the use of recruiting hostesses, according to the New York Times.
Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton confirmed an investigation was under way. He declined to elaborate. "Typically, we do not comment on inquires that are in progress," he told the newspaper.
Although Lane Kiffin's program has been cited for at least six secondary violations, the school's use of student hostesses could result in serious violations.
Hostesses are considered representatives of the university, which would mean they could not recruit players off campus. But in one case, hostesses traveled nearly 200 miles to attend a high school game in South Carolina that featured three Tennessee recruits. According to Marcus Lattimore, a running back at James F. Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., the hostesses brought signs. One read, "Come to Tennessee."