Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kramer Didn't Leave Soon Enough for UT

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kramer Didn't Leave Soon Enough for UT

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

Outgoing Southeastern Conference commissioner Roy Kramer probably wishes he had kept his mouth shut. At this rate, half of the league's football programs may either be on NCAA probation or under investigation by the time he leaves office.

It seems Kramer was upset at a syndicated column written by former University of Tennessee director of news operations Bob Gilbert, who criticized the SEC's ability to investigate league members. An angry Kramer called up his old friend to chastise him for not providing evidence to support his claim, upon which Gilbert said he had plenty of documents to suggest academic fraud in the UT athletic department from 1995-99.

Gilbert forwarded some documents to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, which reported that two players with grade point averages of 2.02 and 2.17 each had 11 grade changes. Gilbert and Tennessee English professor Linda Bensel-Myers said none of the documents were given to the SEC during a 1999-2000 probe into academic fraud. That investigation absolved UT of wrongdoing.

Now thanks to Kramer presuming to call Gilbert's bluff, UT football might not be so lucky as the SEC begins another investigation of the Vols. . . .

NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung wasn't keen on Washington Redskins quarterback Shane Matthews asking for the No. 9 jersey once worn by Sonny Jurgenson, telling The Sporting News: "Matthews better throw a few hundred more touchdown passes before he even thinks of wearing Sonny's jersey. Look, I can throw better than Matthews. Right now." Hornung, once suspended for associating with gamblers, didn't elaborate whether he meant throwing a football or a game. . . . Henceforth, Bishop Kenny's Bob West can be called the Susan Lucci of high school baseball coaches. . . . One reason Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley might not have taken the SEC commissioner's job is he was too busy. …

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