Saturday, January 02, 2010

4 Viles... uh Vols arrested

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.”

Read the rest here

My guess is all of them are done for the year... especially Tyler Smith who had possession of an altered serial # firearm.


finebammer said...

when you have a carload of alcohol, marijuana, throwdowns, (handguns with s/n's ground off) and tennessee football OR basketball "playas", how far away are we from the proverbial driveby???

mind you, tyler smith is a SENIOR! talk about senior leadership!

personally, (not that i know the man) i like pearl. i think he's a great coach and i like his energy. i can't believe he'd recruit the kiffin-style thugs these guys seem to be. i have to wonder what the kiffin-environment brought in by hamilton has to do with this situation.

it would be interesting to know what pearl really thinks about what has gone on around him in the past year.

Anonymous said...

It will be great to watch Tennessee Volunteers, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.