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Former UT official said athletics interfered with discipline

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former vice chancellor at the University of Tennessee in 2013 accused the athletics department of pressuring officials in charge of campus discipline to be lenient on student-athletes.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1A58nKj ) former Vice Chancellor for Student Life Tim Rogers took his concerns to UT President Joe DiPietro and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek in 2013. The 38-year veteran employee retired shortly afterward, attributing his departure to an "intolerable situation."

Rogers blamed Cheek for pressuring the Office of Student Judicial Affairs to be lenient on student-athletes.

Cheek told The Tennessean that Rogers' staff was too strict in its discipline of both athletes and non-athletes.

DiPietro told The Tennessean he took Rogers' allegations seriously but was assured by Cheek and Athletics Director Dave Hart that athletics was not pressuring discipline officials.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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