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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Recruiting most vulnerable for Vols

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The most damaging fallout for Tennessee in the wake of Lane Kiffin’s departure for Southern California centers around this recruiting class.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said he met with the eight early enrollees Wednesday morning and advised them to go to class.

However, there have been reports that some of the players didn’t start their semester classes.

Hamilton said it’s a moot point because, “after 12:01 on the first day of class, if the student-athletes are here on campus and enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of class, they have matriculated to the University of Tennessee.”

He was responding to several players saying on Tuesday night that they overheard former recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron on a speakerphone telling the freshmen not to go to class and that they instead had scholarship offers from USC.

If that indeed occurred, Hamilton said he would consider such methods “unethical.”

Hamilton later added that those players on campus were already locked in at Tennessee “contrary to what they were told by someone else,” which was obviously a shot at Orgeron.

Hamilton said he had no intention of letting any of those players out of their scholarships.

Kippy Brown, hired last month as the Vols’ receivers coach, has been named interim coach until a new coach is hired. Brown previously worked on the staffs under both Phillip Fulmer and John Majors.

Linebackers coach Lance Thompson has also remained and will help bridge the gap, Brown said.