Posted on: January 16, 2010 11:21 am
Edited on: January 16, 2010 11:22 am
Cameron Tatum and Melvin Goins will be reinstated to the Tennessee basketball team Sunday.
Brian Williams will remain on indefinite suspension.
"While I can’t comment on specifics, the degree of discipline applied reflects levels of individual involvement based on the investigation, as well as UT’s judicial affairs process," said Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl. "I do want to thank our fans for their patience as we have worked—and continue to work—through this."
CBSSports.com reported Tuesday , citing a source, that Tyler Smith (already dismissed from the team) had taken responsibility for the guns found in a rental car Smith, Tatum, Goins and Williams occupied Jan. 1, and that Williams had taken responsibility for the marijuana. The source said then that charges against Tatum and Goins were expected to be dropped, and that Tatum and Goins -- both of whom, according to a source, passed drug tests after their arrest -- would soon be reinstated.
Williams will also have an opportunity for reinstatement.
It should come later this season, the source said.
The ninth-ranked Vols are 13-2 heading into Saturday's game with No. 21 Ole Miss.
Tatum and Goins will be available for Tuesday night's game against Alabama.
Posted on: January 12, 2010 8:59 am
Edited on: January 12, 2010 9:01 am
Suspended Tennessee basketball players Cameron Tatum and Melvin Goins passed drug tests administered shortly after their New Year's Day arrests and could be reinstated within the next two weeks, a source told CBSSports.com.
Tatum and Goins were two of the four Vols arrested Jan. 1 on gun and drug charges and were -- along with Tyler Smith and Brian Williams -- immediately suspended from the team. Smith subsequently took responsibility for the guns and was dismissed. The source said Williams has taken responsibility for the marijuana. Those developments are expected to lead to all charges against Tatum and Goins being dropped, and the players' negative drug tests have strengthened their case for a quick reinstatement, the source said.
Williams will serve a longer suspension. But he too will have a chance to be reinstated with stipulations, the source said. All three players must also go through a student judiciary committee. It's unclear when that will happen.
The Vols are 12-2 and ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll.
Their next game is Thursday against Auburn at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Posted on: January 8, 2010 1:00 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2010 1:04 pm
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl announced Friday that Tyler Smith has been dismissed from the basketball team.
"When we have a situation like this involving our student-athletes, we want to make sure we get as much information as possible before making difficult decisions,” Pearl said. "From the beginning, the student-athletes involved have been accountable, remorseful and cooperative with me. While we are not allowed to discuss specifics, we felt we had enough information at this time to dismiss Tyler Smith from the team. Melvin Goins, Cameron Tatum, and Brian Williams will remain indefinitely suspended."
Smith, Goins, Tatum and Williams were arrested New Year's Day when police found guns and marijuana in their car after a routine traffic stop. It remains unclear whether Goins, Tatum and Williams will be reinstated, and if so, when. But a source close to the program told CBSSports.com that it's reasonable to think at least two of those players will eventually be reinstated, although details about what happened and how it happened are still being gathered.
Tennessee plays No. 1 Kansas on Sunday.
"First, I want to thank the University of Tennessee, the UT Athletic Department and the basketball program for my support here," Smith said in a released statement. "This place is a family for me and I look forward to a long relationship with this team and program as I go on in life. I am truly sorry for my actions in the recent case that everyone is familiar with. From the beginning, I have accepted responsibility for my actions and what I have been charged with, and I am very sorry that my decisions have affected Brian, Cam and Melvin. One day soon I hope I can finish the 12 classes that I need for my degree. My recent actions do not reflect who I am and I can only hope that what I do in the future can make everyone believe in me again."
Smith was averaging 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Vols.
He was named Preseason First Team All-SEC.
Posted on: January 5, 2010 9:03 am
You could tell how much the arrest of four Tennessee basketball players is wearing on Bruce Pearl during Monday's press conference in which he addressed the Vols' upcoming game with Charlotte. Pearl looked tired and stressed, just as you'd expect. But what stood out to me was the somber tone, particularly from a man who's usually upbeat and ready to joke about anything and everything.
The best moment came when Pearl was talking about how UT will obviously miss Tyler Smith, Cameron Tatum, Brian Williams and Melvin Goins, all of whom were arrested Friday on drug and weapons charges and subsequently suspended from the team. Pearl was lamenting about how short-handed he'll be Wednesday against Charlotte, and then he said, "But we've got weapons. We still have got weapons."
(Click this link to check it out. It's around the 50-second mark.)
Quickly, Pearl caught his unfortunate choice of words and stopped.
But rather than laugh or joke, he just shook his head and apologized.
And that's the best indication that the chest-painting coach is having a rough week.
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 CBSSports.com.
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 CBSSports.com 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.