Posted on: October 28, 2009 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2009 5:06 pm
Tennessee announced Wednesday that Josh Tabb has withdrawn from school. Officially, he did so to be closer to his mother, who is reportedly ill in Illinois. But it must be noted that Tabb had been serving an "indefinite suspension" for a "violation of team rules" since last month, and it's hard to imagine that didn't factor into his exit from the program.
Consider this quote from Bruce Pearl from last month: "We have tried to give Josh every opportunity to be a part of this program. He has been unable to meet the expectations that we have for our student-athletes. It’s my hope that he’ll learn from this, as everyone here at Tennessee wants to see Josh succeed."
This development means the Vols will now be down two players they expected to have in their rotation. In addition to Tabb, UT also lost Emmanuel Negedu for the season because of a heart condition. It's unlikely he'll ever play again.
Tabb averaged 17.2 minutes per game last season.
He started 11 games.