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Thursday, October 12, 2006

University of Tennessee Bans Sportswriter For Two Weeks for Unauthorized Interview

The University of Tennessee has banned a sportwriter until October 23 for interviewing an injured UT player without going through approved channels. Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Dave Hooker had contacted a source who had set up an exclusive interview for him with player Inquoris "Inky" Johnson. But UT procedures require that reporters go through the sports information office to schedule interviews. Hooker apparently did not do so. Consequently the university decided to suspend Hooker's credential for a period of time. The News Sentinel is standing behind its reporter. Read more here.

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