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August 18, 2009

Butler: I haven't heard from NCAA since March

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - As the amateur status of Bryce Brown is under investigation by the NCAA, Brown's mentor and trainer Brian Butler said the NCAA has not asked him anything recently regarding his involvement with Brown or any of his clients.

"I visited with the NCAA for hours back in March," Butler said. "But I haven't heard from them since that meeting.

"They asked me not to talk specifically about our visit, but it was for several hours and it was very beneficial. I certainly will use it as a resource for the future."

Butler said he talked to Brown on Monday, but the freshman running back didn't say anything about talking to NCAA investigators. VolQuest.com has confirmed that an investigator with the NCAA's amateur committee has been in Knoxville to speak with Brown.

"I don't really know what it's all about," Butler said. "I guess it's the same ongoing thing since March. I thought everything from my visit with the NCAA in March went well. I don't know why they are talking to Bryce at this point."

In the investigation into Butler, a couple of things have come into question. One was a camp Butler held Brown's sophomore year in high school. At that time, coaches could attend camps and Butler's camp drew spectators like Pete Carroll, Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer. There were concerns about Butler timing kids and measuring kids at the camp, which is illegal. Butler insists he never did measurements at the camp.

But the biggest question has been a college tour that Butler raised money for. It was an idea Butler got from other mentors who had done a similar tour in other parts of the country.

"Truthfully the tour wasn't just for Bryce," Butler said. "It was 10 kids crammed into a 15-passenger van. We didn't attend any camps. We took unofficial visits to Division I and Division II schools where the focus was on not just athletics but academics. We visited with academic advisors everywhere we went."

Of the 10 in that van on that tour, seven players are at Division I schools, and Butler said he is unaware of any of them aside from Brown dealing with any eligibility or amateur status questions.

Butler said he will answer any question anyone has for him regarding Brown and he just wants it to be over for the teenager who Butler describes as his little brother.

"Bryce is a mature, focused kid," Butler said. "His focus is on academics and football. If something comes between that then it is a distraction for him. He just wants to go to class and play football. Hopefully that will be what he can focus on soon."

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