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The University of Tennessee is in the crosshairs of another NCAA investigation, this time for violations related to name, image, and likeness.

The violations center around Spyre Sports Group, Tennessee's NIL collective. Per ESPN:

The scope and breadth of the current allegations, according to sources, include the potential for the enforcement staff to charge multiple Level 1 and Level 2 violations. The case revolves around activity related to the Spyre Sports Group, which is Tennessee's primary NIL collective, sources told ESPN.

The NCAA's investigation into Tennessee was first reported by Sports Illustrated.

Tennessee has pushed back against the allegations. A document obtained by ESPN shows Tennessee chancellor Donde Plowman told NCAA president Charlie Baker the allegations are "factually untrue and procedurally flawed."

In the letter, obtained by ESPN through an open records request, Plowman called the NCAA rules regarding NIL "intellectually dishonest" in how they are written.

Attorney Tom Mars released the following statement on behalf of the Spyre Sports Group:

On Wednesday, Tennessee and Virginia attorney generals filed suit against the NCAA.

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