The Tennessee Vols have had one of the best offseasons in the SEC.
Landing Cade Mays from Georgia and recruiting at a high level has the Vols on the rise.
But fans who have followed Tennessee for a long time know that good times don’t typically last on Rocky Top. Eventually, something puts a damper on the excitement.
That moment seemingly came this weekend with the arrest of running back Tim Jordan.
According to a report from the Knoxville News Sentinel, Jordan was arrested in Florida for carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia and possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana.
The Knoxville News Sentinel noted that the concealed carry charge Jordan faces is a third-degree felony in Florida.
For now, it’s unclear what sort of discipline Jordan, who was third on the depth chart at best, will face at Tennessee. An indefinite suspension until the legal side is sorted out could be a possibility.
But regardless of what happens with Jordan and his status on the team, this situation shouldn’t put a damper on the Vols’ terrific offseason.
While it’s certainly not an ideal situation, it’s something that happens in college athletics. A program typically has 85 scholarship players (plus walk-ons). That’s a large mix of personalities. It’s tough for a coaching staff to constantly have tabs on every single player at all times when they’re on campus. It’s even harder in the midst of a pandemic when players are spread across the country.
Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phillip Fulmer have plenty of experience in handling player arrests. They’ll gather all the information (more than what the public/media has) and make the appropriate decisions.
As for Tennessee’s offseason momentum?
I don’t see any reason it slows down.
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