UT hoops class takes another hit
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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has released 6-foot-8 forward CJ Turman from his letter of intent, leaving the Volunteers without any of the four basketball recruits who signed with them in November.

Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak confirmed Monday that Turman requested a release that was granted by new Volunteers coach Donnie Tyndall, who was hired Tuesday. Forward Phil Cofer and guards Larry Austin Jr. and Jordan Cornish had been granted releases last week.

All four prospects signed with Tennessee when Cuonzo Martin was still coaching the team. Martin left April 15 to take over California’s program.

The 247Sports Composite, which measures rankings of all the major recruiting services, rated Austin as the nation’s 129th prospect, Cofer as No. 144, Turman as No. 155 and Cornish as No. 183 in the 2014 class.

Butler, Vols agree to home

and home hoops series

(AP) — Tennessee and Butler have agreed to meet each of the next two seasons as part of a home-and-home contract.

The Volunteers will host Butler during the upcoming season in a Dec. 14 game. Tennessee will face Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Dec. 12, 2015. The two schools announced the deal Tuesday.

Butler and Tennessee have faced each other three times, most recently when the Volunteers won 76-71 in overtime in the 2008 NCAA tournament. Tennessee went 24-13 and reached an NCAA regional semifinal this season. Butler was 14-17 in its first season as a Big East member.

Tennessee also said in a release that it is expected to have a home game in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge during the 2014-15 season.

Tennessee self-reports

10 secondary violations

(AP) — Tennessee has reported 10 secondary violations that have taken place since November.

The university’s compliance department posted the violations and subsequent punishments on its website.

The violations involving specific sports included four in track, two in rowing, one in women’s soccer and one in swimming. Four of the violations involved making impermissible calls or text messages to prospects. In those cases, coaches weren’t allowed to call that particular prospect for either 14 or 30 days, depending on the circumstance.

Other violations included a donor paying for a team meal at a restaurant and a director of operations requesting the incorrect reimbursement amount for a prospect’s official visit.