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Source: Pearl intends to suspend arrested Vols

Posted on: January 1, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2010 6:50 pm

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl plans to indefinitely suspend all four players who were arrested Friday morning and then gather more details before determining which players, if any, will continue their careers as Vols, a source has told

An official announcement should come in the next 48 hours.

Cameron Tatum, Tyler Smith, Melvin Goins and Brian Williams were arrested on drug and weapons charges Friday when the car in which they were riding was caught speeding in Knoxville. Police found a baggy of marijuana in the car. They also discovered guns -- one of which had an altered serial number -- under both the driver's seat and the front passenger's seat.

Tatum is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and having an open container of alcohol. Smith is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of firearm with an altered serial number. Goins is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana. Williams is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and possession of marijuana.

According to a source, each player refused to claim ownership of the guns, which is why all four are facing gun charges. The reason Smith and Williams got additional charges is because the gun with the altered serial number was under Smith's seat and accessible by either him or Williams, who was seated behind Smith.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk told the players were in a rental car when arrested. He said it's unclear who rented the car, but that finding out would "be part of the ongoing investigation." This development is of special concern to Tennessee because it could mean NCAA problems if it's determined that the players were using the car in a way that doesn't comply with NCAA regulations about extra benefits.

The car was a Dodge Charger with Illinois tags.

Tennessee beat Memphis 66-59 at FedExForum on Thursday.

The Vols are 10-2 and ranked No. 14 heading into Wednesday's game against Charlotte.


Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2010 3:48 pm

No Other Thoughts for Jan 1st?

Parrish, you posted "Thoughts" yesterday, both regarding the Tennessee players for an offcourt incident.

I would have thought you'd spare at least one "Thought" for some kids who did what they were supposed to do yesterday: play a basketball game, and play it well.

There was a massive game between West Virginia and Purdue yesterday, two unbeaten teams.  No "Thoughts" on that?

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2010 12:42 pm

Source: Pearl intends to suspend arrested Vols

And these are the types of teams that we see all the times on National TV. These are the types of teams that ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and all of the so called experts rave about, well they all need to read this, and then step back and evaluate their standards on college sports in general. These are the role models we want our children to look up too. What has college basketball gotten its self into. Everybody is more worried about winning National Championships, then recruiting good and upstanding young men to play for their team. I am a Purdue fan, and am very proud of each and everyone of our players. I am not saying that their has not been any problems, but they are far from the thugs that play for Tennessee. I was so happy when my Boilers took to the ghetto ball they play. What a disgrace. I hope the Vols lose the rest of their games.

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2010 7:06 pm

Source: Pearl intends to suspend arrested Vols

I live in Knoxville and have watched the program lose its integrity for several years.  I expect CBP to suspend the players for Wednesday but they will all be playing on Sunday against Kansas.  Hamilton will not let him do otherwise because this is a big payday for the university.

You might ask your source who payed for the rental car. 

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