Vols AD Hart says his dept. has not interfered with discipline of athletes

UT Athletic Director Dave Hart
UT Athletic Director Dave Hart

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart takes exception to suggestions that his department has ever interfered when athletes face discipline from campus officials.

Former vice chancellor for student life Tim Rogers said the athletic department in 2013 pressured officials in charge of campus discipline to be lenient on student-athletes in a memo that had been obtained by The Tennessean. Rogers left his position in the summer of 2013, citing an “intolerable situation.”

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Hart said that “there’s simply no truth to that. I want to be very candid about that.”

Hart’s comments come as former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and suspended cornerback Michael Williams face charges of aggravated rape, stemming from an incident last November.

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