NCAA wants to talk with Bryce Brown
NCAA investigators have asked to speak with running back Bryce Brown about the recruiting practices at Tennessee under Lane Kiffin, Arthur Brown, Bryce's father, said Wednesday.
Arthur Brown said he's delayed the NCAA's request to meet soon in Witchita, Kan., because he's been preparing for an appeal for Bryce to be granted a transfer from Tennesssee.
Arthur Brown said he and his son had the appeal teleconference with Tennessee on Wednesday and it lasted an hour and a half.
Recently, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley denied Brown's request for a transfer to Kansas State, laying out three specific criteria for his decision.
"Bryce has tried to express why they should reverse the decision," Arthur Brown said. "We expressed how he has felt. We laid out a lot about our family's struggles with illnesses and stresses. I feel we made a good case for an overturn."
Tennessee told the Browns they would take 15 days from the request for appeal, which means they should know the result on or before Aug. 21.
Bryce Brown, one of the nation's top recruits entering last season, plans to enroll at Kansas State and begin classes on Aug. 23.
If Dooley's decision is not overturned, Brown can't be on scholarship this season, and the family would have to pay his tuition.
As for the NCAA inquiry, Arthur Brown said his family will cooperate with investigators.
"They said they want to talk about the recruiting practices of Tennessee under Kiffin," Arthur Brown said. "We have nothing to hide. We have no need to be deceptive. If we made a mistake I can say it would not have been intentional. But I think this is about more than Bryce."
Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.