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Donde Plowman, Tennessee’s Chancellor, slams NCAA as ‘morally wrong’ over NIL investigation, email shows

University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman isn’t mincing words when it comes to the NCAA’s handling of allegations against UT regarding name, image, and likeness (NIL) benefits for athletes. Plowman’s concerns were laid out in an email to NCAA President Charlie Baker, which Knox News obtained through a public records request.

In the email, Plowman didn’t hold back, criticizing the NCAA’s ever-changing stance on NIL rules and its decision to retroactively enforce them. She argued that such actions could unfairly penalize innocent student-athletes and questioned the moral integrity of the NCAA’s approach.

While UT could potentially face serious violations, including a lack of institutional control, Plowman adamantly refuted any wrongdoing on the university’s part. She described the NCAA’s allegations as “factually untrue and procedurally flawed,” asserting UT’s compliance with NIL policies.

Despite ongoing investigations, no specific athletes have been implicated in the probe, although football players are said to be among those under scrutiny. Plowman also expressed frustration with the NCAA’s refusal to meet with her and Athletics Director Danny White to discuss the matter, highlighting a lack of transparency.

The situation underscores broader issues surrounding the implementation and enforcement of NIL regulations in college sports. Plowman’s email reflects the challenges universities face in navigating this complex landscape while advocating for the best interests of student-athletes.

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