Are Tennessee hostesses from Orange Pride nothing more than sexy women used to recruit athletes to the University of Tennessee NCAA college football program? The USA Today reports football head coach Lane Kiffin is again immersed in controversy as the NCAA investigates possible recruiting violations and it surrounds a group designed to help new students called “orange pride.”
The “orange pride” hostesses are what are drawing the concerns. According to an Associated Press report, “The New York Times reported on its Web site Wednesday the NCAA is probing the use of hostesses by Tennessee to attract top players. The NCAA has met with four prospects and is expected to talk to two more this week.”
“We are concerned about the alleged activities of some members of the Orange Pride,” Tennessee officials said in a statement released Wednesday, according to the Huffington Post.
“Both university and NCAA guidelines are a part of the Orange Pride’s orientation and training. If those guidelines were violated, we will take appropriate action. Because of federal student privacy regulations, we can’t comment further.”
Photos are here at Deadspin. The NY Times notes, “Since Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin took over in December 2008 after being fired as the Oakland Raidersâ€™ coach, the Volunteers have committed at least six secondary N.C.A.A. violations.”