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Man Charged With Eavesdropping in NFL, MLB Coaches Hoax

In at least one instance, the suspect allegedly tried to convince a coach he was offering a job with pro or college teams

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    He's the man who called up Tony Dungy's reps and offered him the head coaching job at USC. And it's certainly not the first time he's made a coaching call. He gets coaches and celebrities on the phone in a snap but he's no journalist. So who is Kenny Tarr? For once, he'll tell you. Originally aired on Going Roggin, November 10, 2013.

    A 32-year-old Los Angeles man who describes himself as a performer at "the new frontier of broadcast journalism" was charged Tuesday with illegally recording phone calls to professional and college athletic coaches.

    Watch: Who Is Kenneth Tarr?

    Kenneth Edward Tarr, arrested last week, is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 30. He is charged with a felony count of eavesdropping for allegedly recording phone conversations with the coaches while assuming the identity of representatives from other teams.

    California law prohibits recording people without their consent.

    Tarr, posing as a team representative, gauged the coaches' interest in managing other teams and, in at least one instance, offered a coach a head coaching position, according to prosecutors. He then posted some of the conversations online, according to investigators.

    The victims included coaches from the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, Major League Baseball and university football programs. Tarr contacted University of Hawaii Coach Norm Chow, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier and San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, NBC News reported, citing sources familiar with the investigation.

    NBC football analyst and former NFL coach Tony Dungy also received a call from Tarr, who offered him the USC head coaching job, NBC News reported. Dungy discussed being contacted about the position during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show."

    Former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian accepted the job earlier this month.

    In November, Tarr told NBC4's Fred Roggin he contacted Dungy several times and considered himself at "the new frontier of broadcast journalism and sports media and entertainment."

    "Most people say they make prank phone calls, I do it," Tarr told Roggin. "I'm better at it than anyone else, and my career momentum is going forward."

    If convicted, Tarr faces a maximum of three years in county jail.

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