2 free tickets given to Tennessee players' mother

By: AP
By: AP

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Tennessee director of basketball
operations Ken Johnson provided two free tickets to the mother of
an athlete in March. The secondary violation ultimately played a
role in his firing and the firing of coach Bruce Pearl and his

Tennessee detailed the violation in a March 25 letter to the
Southeastern Conference released to The Associated Press on Monday. The name of the athlete was blacked out.

The letter says Johnson provided the tickets after receiving a
call a few hours before the Volunteers' March 6 game with Kentucky
from someone "desperately trying to find two tickets." The letter
says Johnson said he was not directed by any other staff member to
provide the tickets.

Pearl and his staff were fired March 21.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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