Former Tennessee Basketball Coach Arrested on Three Charges

By Renae Juska

The former basketball strength and conditioning coach from the University of Tennessee is now finding himself in a little bit of trouble after breaking into Thompson-Boiling Arena. Between the hours of 3 and 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, Troy Willis broke into the office of Bill Whitesell, an event management director for Tennessee.

Willis allegedly rifled through his office, causing $750 in damages and stealing $4,150 from Whitesell’s desk. There was video footage of Willis walking down an arena hallway with a suspicious item in his hand and he was apparently trying to hide it underneath his coat.

However, this isn’t the first incident that Willis has had since leaving the university. On Dec. 5, 2012, he stole a $100 bottle of tanning lotion from Fusion Tanning Studio. He agreed to return the bottle but never followed through with it. I know that may sound like a lot of money for a bottle of lotion, but a lot of women do spend unnecessary amounts to get their glowing tan.

He was arrested on Saturday on the allegations of theft, burglary and vandalism between the two separate incidents. He was released on bonded arraignment and is scheduled to appear in court on March 6.

Willis spent eight seasons as Tennessee’s strength and conditioning coach after being hired on by Bruce Pearl in 2003. He was released in May by coach Cuonzo Martin and Nicodemus Christopher took his spot as the strength and conditioning coach.

I don’t know what this guy was thinking. If you worked for the organization for eight seasons, then you should know there are cameras in the arena. Actually, I think that anyone can assume that a sporting arena will be under surveillance. He just stupidly chose an arena that would recognize him immediately.

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