Posted: 3:12 pm Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

NCAA investigating Tennessee freshman RB Bryce Brown 

By Post Staff

John Albright / Icon SMI

John Albright / Icon SMI

From the “Gee, who woulda thunk it?” file:

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin confirmed after Tuesday’s practice that the NCAA is investigating the amateur eligibility of controversial freshman running back Bryce Brown, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Tennessee’s recruitment of Brown — the Vols swooped in out of nowhere after Brown reneged on his commitment to Miami — is not part of the investigation. Instead, the NCAA wants to know how Brown and a few of his teammates at Wichita (Kan.) East High raised money to attend football camps when Brown was a sophomore.

It is already the second investigation for Brown, who was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the country in 2009 by Rivals.com. Earlier this year, Brown and his adviser, Brian Butler, were questioned about their relationship.

Kiffin said Brown is annoyed by the extra attention. He’s also battling through a hip injury, and is currently standing fourth on the depth chart, according to the News-Sentinel.

“He had a great scrimmage and then we continue to get news that the NCAA is continuing to investigate him and his whole history going back to when he was young,” Kiffin said. “I know that that bothers him. It’s pretty unfortunate.”