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Thursday, September 9, 2010
NCAA investigating Vols basketball

By Chris Low and Dana O'Neil

With its football program already under an NCAA probe, the University of Tennessee is facing an investigation into its men's basketball program.

NCAA representatives are checking, in part, excessive telephone calls and the use of unauthorized phones to contact recruits, sources told Thursday.

Tennessee was also among the finalists for Kansas freshman Josh Selby, whose eligibility is under review by the NCAA.

The NCAA has already met with Volunteers head coach Bruce Pearl and associate head coach Tony Jones, sources said.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said via text message he "would not comment on any issues in this case until an NCAA letter of inquiry is received."

The university has yet to receive a letter of inquiry regarding its basketball or football teams, but Hamilton said recently he expected one for football.

The football team has acknowledged it committed six secondary violations during Lane Kiffin's year as coach. Last month sources told that the NCAA has widened its scope beyond the reported appearances of hostesses at high school football games.

Chris Low covers the SEC for Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for