In the past, whenever a Tennessee athlete, mainly football players, would get in trouble with the law, head coach Butch Jones was the first to know. While this may be true for many coaches across the country, it will no longer be the case for the Volunteers’ coach.
The Knoxville Police Department announced that they would be looking into and changing the way their department does things whenever a Tennessee student-athlete crosses paths with one of their officers. Police chief David Rausch stated that their changes would eliminate the “courtesy calls” to Butch Jones and any other coaching staff members at the university in further incidents.
“After reviewing our longstanding practice of courtesy notifications to the University of Tennessee administration of incidents involving UT students, it is clear that no investigations were compromised or improper information provided,” Rausch said in a statement. “But in the interest of transparency and to alleviate any appearance of conflict of interest, we have changed the previous practice, to ensure that investigators focus without hindrance on finding the facts and bringing justice to victims of crime.
“Going forward, in any incident involving a student at the university, (the Knoxville Police Department) will make formal notification only to UT law enforcement, as required by state law and as part of our ongoing interdepartmental cooperation.”
This means that when the university finds out about the players getting in trouble, so will Jones. This happened after the courtesy call privilege came to light and the department was criticized for it.
It looks like if the Volunteers are going to get out of trouble in the future, the best way to do so is to not get into it.
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