Posted by Tom Fornelli
While Derek Dooley and Tennessee had a nice finish to the 2010 season, one that will bring a bit more optimism to Knoxville heading into 2011, the Vols got some bad news on Monday. Safety Janzen Jackson, who missed Tennessee's loss to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl due to personal reasons, has withdrawn from the school.
“Janzen continues to battle personal issues of which our program is always going to be very supportive of,” Dooley said. “His withdrawal from school has nothing to do with disciplinary reasons on the football team and everything to do with a continuing battle of deep personal issues, of which we’re very supportive of.
“His leaving for bowl practice was not a punishment, and as long as he continues to manage his personal issues and football and school, he’s going to be welcomed back in the program. He’s clearly reached a point where the personal issues have become much greater than his ability to manage workouts and school.
“Until he gets a little clarity on those issues, we’re going to support him.”
While Jackson is going to miss spring practice, there is a possibility he'll be able to return for the fall if he can get everything taken care of. If not, though, then Dooley and the Vols will be heading into the new season without one of their most talented players. If he isn't the best player on the roster.