After former Tennessee Volunteer running back Bryce Brown enrolled in Kansas State, an NCAA investigation committee sat him down to ask about his former coach Lane Kiffin. A two hour teleconference was held Thursday between Brown and the committee that covered everything from recruitment techniques to practice habits. New online sportsbooks are sure to have favorable odds for the Wildcats when Brown becomes eligible.
Many teams in college football are being investigated by similar committees in an effort to clean up the tarnished image of the sport. Coaches like Kiffin, Rich Rodriguez of Michigan, and Rodriguez’s successor at West Virginia Bill Stewart have all been investigated by the game’s governing body.
The Wildcat running back will be forced to sit out a season before playing his first game in the now depleted Big 12. Conversations between Brown and the NCAA are rumored to center around the timing of contact, and the method used to contact players. Brown’s father, Aruthur Brown, says they are not allowed to release specific details of the conversations.
“The NCAA has asked us not to speak to the specific questions that Bryce was asked about their investigation,” Arthur Brown said. “What I will say is that at the time Bryce was being recruited, he was already under investigation by the NCAA.”
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Brown did say that he didn’t believe any wrong doing took place during Tennessee’s recruitment of his son. NCAA football point spreads are sure to be much larger when Brown is eligible to play for the Wildcats.
“So on our part, we and the coaches were hypersensitive and above board and didn’t violate rules. We asked questions if we didn’t know. He was already under investigation at that time and was cleared.”
It is rumored that Tennessee will receive a letter of inquiry from the NCAA shortly, and that Kiffin and his former assistants will be interviewed as well as other former players. In August 2009, the NCAA investigated the eligibility of Brown before he stepped foot on a football field in Tennessee Orange. He was deemed eligible, and was the backup to Montario Hardesty. Brown finished with 460 rushing yards in his freshman season, with three touchdowns.
Arthur Brown, brother of Bryce, recently left the University of Miami to become a Wildcat. While Bryce will be causing defensive coordinators’ headaches in 2011, Arthur will be patrolling the middle of the defense at linebacker for the team.
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The last thing the Brown family has to worry about is whether or not current Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley will release Bryce from his scholarship at Tennessee. If he does not, the Brown family will have to pay his entire tuition.
BetUS sportsbook has set the Wildcats among the underdogs to win the Big 12 at +2000 odds. The Volunteers are also not with the betting favorites, and instead set as underdogs without Brown at +1800