Bryce Brown under NCAA investigation
Sometimes you’re better off misfiring on the recruiting trail than hitting the bullseye. Such is the case, when it comes to USC and the recruitment of running back Bryce Brown. The Kansas native was atop the list of every major college program, and would easily be considered the jewel of most 2009 classes. But as time marched on and Brown remained indecisive, USC lost interest in Brown, and likewise, Brown lost interest in USC.
The tailback eventually settled in Tennessee to receive the guidance of Lane Kiffin and his staff. And before he can gain a single yard for the Vols, Brown is being investigated by the NCAA for possible rules violations.
The investigation stems from possible money received to attend a football camp while Brown was in high school, and doesn’t implicate the University of Tennessee in any possible wrong doing. But at USC, it’s best to avoid the word “investigation” all together. With a program already walking on egg shells, the last thing needed is something else for the NCAA to point to on the Southern California campus.
Brown’s recruitment was of the bizarre variety. He allowed an early commitment to Miami to expire, and toyed with the thought of bypassing college ball completely to play in the Canadian Football league, before becoming a late Tennessee signee. The investigation alone isn’t crippling to Tennessee’s program, and likely nothing will come of it…but it’s better done in Knoxville than in Los Angeles.