KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Days after the University of Tennessee announced that two Kansas attorneys would help as the soccer program faces an internal investigation by the school’s compliance department into possible recruiting errors, the university released more details on how much the attorneys have would be paid for their services.
Bond Schoeneck & King’s Kyle Skillman and Mike Glazier stated in a letter confirming their university representative that the hourly rate for the service could range from $ 375 to $ 500. The Kansas-based attorneys help compliance officers investigate possible improper benefits offered to some recruits.
“The hourly rates for attorneys, paralegal, and other service professionals who might work on customer issues vary from $ 150 to $ 500. The specific phrases reflect the knowledge, experience, and expertise of each individual assigned. It is anticipated that Mike Glazier and I will serve as principal attorneys on this matter, but we can assign other individuals if necessary to meet the needs of your representation. Our hourly rates are $ 500 and $ 375, respectively, ”Skillman said in the letter.
According to documents made available by the University of WVLT News, the terms appear to have been agreed and signed by C. Ryan Stinnett, General Counsel of the University of Tennessee.
In a statement to WVLT News, UT officials said, “We take our institutional commitment to NCAA compliance seriously and are reviewing regulatory issues that have been brought to our attention. We are currently working with attorneys Kyle Skillman and Michael Glazier from Bond, Schoeneck & King as part of this process. We will provide additional information when appropriate. “
According to Chris Low, ESPN’s WVLT News media partner, University of Tennessee officials will not hire new staff for the football program or renew current assistant coach contracts until an internal investigation into possible recruitment violations is completed.
“It’s an investigation that will continue until next week and maybe until the end of next week,” Low said Thursday.
ESPN reported last month that employees in the sports department’s compliance office began interviews with players, coaches and recruits in November, including as part of the program.
“There will be a lot of speculation about Jeremy Pruitt’s job status and where the team is going from here.”
Sophomore, who trailed Eric Gray and quarterback Brian Maurer, was excluded from the final regular season game against Texas A&M for reasons unknown. Sources told Low that Grau’s absence was related to the compliance investigation.
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