Tag:Jimmy Stanton
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 6:06 pm
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Vol frosh WR DeAnthony Arnett asks for release

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A tumultuous season for Derek Dooley and the Tennessee Volunteers has bled into what's already a tumultuous offseason, with coaching changes, alleged suspensions, and now a one-time star recruit asking for a contentious release from the program.

According to multiple reports, freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett has asked for a release from his scholarship and intends to transfer out of the Volunteer program. A Saginaw, Mich. native, Arnett is looking to transfer to a school somewhere in Michigan to be closer to his ailing father, whose picture Arnett tweeted a photo of Thursday afternoon.

Tennessee has since confirmed Arnett's request and agreed to the release--but with conditions attached, as the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. According to an e-mail sent by Arnett to ESPN, the Volunteers have refused to release him to the state's BCS-level programs (Michigan and Michigan State), and the statement from Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton would seem to confirm this:

"We're not denying him a release to be near his family, get a good education and play Division I football at the same time, but we do have a policy of not releasing players to schools we either play or recruit against," Stanton said Thursday. "Where he's from, there are several good D-I schools nearby that would be good options to play football, get a good education and keep him near his family." 

Not surprisingly, Arnett is less than happy with that decision:

"Coach Dooley, myself or anybody doesn't know what the future holds for my father," Arnett said in the email. "I feel that I represented the University of Tennessee the best way I can on and off the field and I feel I have earned the right to be released unconditional to all schools in Michigan."

Quite frankly, we don't blame him; unless Arnett has forfeited his good standing with Dooley and the Vols through some kind of unreported off-the-field incident, refusing to allow him to play on scholarship at Arnett's school of choice while he helps care for an ill parent strikes us as stunningly petty. Whatever benefit is gained from Tennessee playing keep-away from noted recruiting rivals Michigan and Michigan State (if you say so, Mr. Stanton), is it really worth punishing Arnett for doing nothing wrong? (Nothing "wrong" other than wanting out of Knoxville, anyway.) This is also nothing new for Dooley, who previously refused a release to the late Aaron Douglas unless he transferred to a location eight hours' drive away, and kept Bryce Brown off of scholarship at Kansas State for a year while refusing him a release as well.

A highly sought-after four-star recruit, Arnett played in all 12 games his freshman season, finishing third on the team in receptions with 24 and fourth in yards with 242.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Tennessee announced that athletic director Mike Hamilton would be resigning, many Volunteer fans were happy to see him depart. After all, Hamilton's reign will forever be remembered for the Bruce Pearl violations and the disastrous Lane Kiffin project. Kiffin, of course was brought in after Hamilton fired beloved head coach Phillip Fulmer. After Hamilton's resignation, Fulmer's name has repeatedly come up as a possibility for his replacement. On Wednesday Fulmer spoke to Chris Low, of ESPN.com, and weighed in on the job opening.
"What I want is what's best for my university," Fulmer said. "I'll spend my time over these next few days trying to figure out what that is and whether this is something that's real for me to be able to do, both from a professional and a personal standpoint.

"We'll see what the feelings are of the people there at the university and the decision-makers, and that's simply where we are right now. I'm not politicking for the job, and I don't need a job. But if I can help my university, I'm interested in doing that any way I can."
One of Fulmer's most recent posts was a college football analyst here at CBS Sports. He clearly still has a passion for the school, and could be the perfect figurehead to lead the Volunteers out of this "dark age." Fulmer went on to compliment the work of head coach Derek Dooley, as well as speak highly of the new university administration. The idea of Fulmer as an AD is far from novel, and I expect this possibility to build momentum in the coming weeks.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:12 am
 

Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton resigning

Posted by Chip Patterson

After a tumultuous couple of years that saw issues in both the football and the basketball programs, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton will resign today, according to a local report.

WBIR-10 in Knoxville first reported that Hamilton, who had been the athletic director in Knoxville since 2003, will hold a news conference at 11:00 a.m. to announce his official resignation. Since taking over as athletic director, Hamilton has taken heat for the firing of beloved football coach Phillip Fulmer, and the mess that was left after the departure of his replacement - Lane Kiffin. The basketball program is currently trying to repair itself as well after former head coach Bruce Pearl was punished for lying to the NCAA in an investigation of recruiting violations.

The announcement of the resignation comes just days before Tennessee's meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions Friday in Indianapolis. University spokesperson Jimmy Stanton confirmed the news conference, and said that Hamilton will still be traveling to Indianapolis for the NCAA hearings at the end of the week.
 
 
 
 
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