Tuesday, November 17, 2009
More off-the-field trouble for Vols
By Chris Low
How many times do we see off-the-field trouble come in bunches?
Tennessee is going through one of those stretches right now. Another freshman player, Nyshier Oliver, was cited earlier this month for theft by shoplifting at a Knoxville shopping mall on the same day the Vols were supposed to play later that night against Memphis.
The news of Oliver's legal trouble comes after Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin dismissed freshman players Nu'Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards from the team Monday following their arrests on attempted armed robbery charges last week. A third freshman, Janzen Jackson, was also arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, but has yet to be kicked off the team.
Jackson has been banned from team activities. But Tennessee coaches are hopeful that the charges against Jackson will be dismissed, paving the way for him to return to the team.
Even after Jackson was arrested last Thursday morning, Kiffin and his staff weren't ruling out that he might be able to play that Saturday against Ole Miss. But the charges weren't dismissed, and none of the three players made the trip.
The charges still haven't been dismissed, but there could be a resolution coming from the district attorney in the next day or two. Through his attorney, Jackson has maintained his innocence and that he wasn't involved in the attempted robbery.