This is a big blow to the basketball team. Pearl's going to have to work some magic to keep them in the running for a NCAA berth.
KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has indefinitely suspended the four basketball players who were arrested for drug and gun possession late Friday morning.
Tyler Smith, Brian Williams, Cameron Tatum and Melvin Goins are not allowed to participate in any team activities for an undetermined time period, the University has confirmed to Volunteer TV.
“I am deeply saddened and troubled by today’s news," Pearl said in a release. "I am indefinitely suspending Melvin (Goins), Tyler (Smith), Cameron (Tatum) and Brian (Williams) from all team activities until we have more information about today’s incident. I apologize for the embarrassment this has caused to our University.”
When the four players were pulled over because of speeding, the police officer found two firearms with the serial numbers filed off and some marijuana.
Bruce Pearl has released the following statement:
"We take these matters very seriously. We are still gathering information. Once the appropriate authorities have provided us with all of the facts, we will act accordingly.”
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My guess is all of them are done for the year... especially Tyler Smith who had possession of an altered serial # firearm.