Gordon pulled out of UT practice

Tennessee freshman cornerback Eric Gordon did not practice Tuesday because of unresolved initial-eligibility issues.

'The (NCAA) Clearinghouse took him off the field,'' coach Lane Kiffin said after practice and did not elaborate.

Gordon joins classmates Marlon Walls and James Green in being held up by the Clearinghouse. Unlike Walls and Green, Gordon reported to campus and practiced through the first week.

The Nashville Hillsboro product was ranked among the top 20 cornerback prospects in the nation by Rivals.com.

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ut_vols13 writes:

Not good

SWAVol writes:

This Clearinghouse is a joke. They have months from graduation to the start of classses and here we sit. It is not fair to the kids stuck in limbo.

ArealVolFan writes:

No its not, but at least he isn't at a position of need like Walls is.

beachvol1 writes:

What's with these guys, it is either yes or no!!! Simple, you'd think...

HallowedHill writes:

The clearinghouse is one of the worst parts of college football. It's unforgivable to delay the decision until after school starts. The kids still have to make grades to continue playing. I bet if the NCAA set a deadline where everyone in limbo were defaulted as accepted, they would quickly develop a better idea of who not to accept.

hamrbr writes:

Per great source, the clearinghouse thing has been cleared up and Gordon is good to go. Jumped a little too quick Mike ;-)

Mansonlamps writes:

It would be nice to see an article in the KNS devoted to explaining the processes of the NCAA clearinghouse, complete (if possible) with quotes and perspectives of NCAA employees. It's a complete mystery to me what exactly these people do and why it takes so long to judge whether or not a player is eligible long after he's completed courses.

yeavols#228407 writes:

Mansonlamps..exactly...I don't even know what the function of a the clearinghouse is. I guess it's some watchdog to make sure every athlete makes the grades. But, don't you have to make the grade through the University like everyone else to even be accepted? Don't know..but I am sure like any beauracracy, it's frustrating to everyone.

InertGas writes:

This happens every year to almost every team. The NCAA needs to get it's act together. Signing day is in early February. The NCAA is not broke. They need to hire enough people to get the job done.

InertGas writes:

in response to Mansonlamps:

It would be nice to see an article in the KNS devoted to explaining the processes of the NCAA clearinghouse, complete (if possible) with quotes and perspectives of NCAA employees. It's a complete mystery to me what exactly these people do and why it takes so long to judge whether or not a player is eligible long after he's completed courses.

I second this. Let's go KNS. Get the nitty gritty on the clearing house.

hewwheel writes:

I wonder if the clearinghouse puts schools with excessive secondary violations on the bottom of the pile. And, in UT's case, excessive and in front of the press. Georgia had 8 secondary violations, does anyone know if their players are cleared?

volfan2002 writes:

I wonder why they call themselves a clearing house since it takes them several months to clear anybody. The time is takes for them to make decisions some players could graduate junior college and be eligible faster.

QB_10 (Inactive) writes:

Maybe they should have studied more they are Student's first

SEAL_9821 writes:

We gotta get Green cleared! He could be a factor in the recievers group this season, especially with the lack of depth.

pdb73216#339474 writes:

no worries, he's been cleared.

lomas98 writes:

Sounds like another Gerald Williams as he was pulled off the practice field too. All of these guys are needed for depth just to practice. With the kids that left the program, got kicked off, and that are injured, we need as many bodies as possible to practice against. I said a few weeks ago that Walls would not play a snap, now it seems like Gordon will not either.

volfaninwh writes:

Yes I heard he had cleared, along with the Wr for vandy

soccervol writes:

I think the Clearinghouse is run by the government...

HollySpringsVOL writes:

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So the kid made a basket. Big deal. Give the YouTube posting a rest.

BSweet writes:

I keep hearing that Walls is expected to be cleared, but that Green will have to go juco or prep. Has anyone else heard this too?

tdtnsee writes:

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That would make it to easy. There's no way that this is helpful for the student athlete. Could you imagine thinking your going to get to play and in the middle of practice get pulled like that? It's just not right for anyone to go through that!

CoverOrange writes:

Part of the problem with the Clearinghouse is that every school board has its own standard of what english-math-science is required to graduate from its schools. And the NCAA has its own expectations. The problem arises when a class called "yackety-yack" is acceptable to the school but the NCAA expected "yuckety-yuck" to qualify. It may not be about grades but interpretation of what a class is. Time is taken by the Clearinghouse investigating the school to find out what was actually taught in "yackety-yack".

This happened to a friend's daughter who was all set to go to school on a tennis scholarship but now has no scholarship and no classes in three weeks because of a class taken back in her sophomore year.

HowboutdemVOLS writes:

I hate the clearinghouse, why is the process so slow? I wonder if takes the NCAA the same amount of time to process all the huge checks they receive by way of endorsements, which is driven by the same players they view with microscopes. GOVOLS!!!!!!

teampenny#658108 writes:

I feel bad for the VOLS team but not the players. Does not take much effort to get into college for most. Show up to class, listen and do your work. If these young men decided this was not in their plans they should pay the cost. Wished we had offered a few more players-we are short on bodies. Go Vols

VOL1SG writes:

Alright fellow fans, I am heading to Knocksville for Labor Day weekend with the family. This will be my first time going to Neyland (can't explain the excitment). I am looking for some decent places that are family friendly and close to places that a mom with a two year old can enjoy while dad gets to enjoy the game.
1. Is it even feasible to take a two year old that can not sit still for two minutes to a game.
2. Hotel close but not too close to avoid the raucus crowds and drinking that goes along with it after the game. (And hopefully close enough to a park the wife can take a child to that is safe).
3. With the game start at 12:27, what is the best time to get down there for the "Vol Walk" and how soon should you get towards the gate before game time.

Thanks for the assistance here. I have mostly been stationed outside the US and have finally got stationed close to home. Will be coming from FT Benning, GA.

GO VOLS!

Pullingguard writes:

in response to SWAVol:

This Clearinghouse is a joke. They have months from graduation to the start of classses and here we sit. It is not fair to the kids stuck in limbo.

Tend to agree with you... I sometimes think they give preferential treatment to some schools.. Why does it take weeks or months to either say yes or no to Walls... Why would gordon be approved and then pulled off the field because of some undeterminted technically... seems like it could function much better than it does.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

I feel bad for the VOLS team but not the players. Does not take much effort to get into college for most. Show up to class, listen and do your work. If these young men decided this was not in their plans they should pay the cost. Wished we had offered a few more players-we are short on bodies. Go Vols

No, it's not as simple as that. High school students take the classes the counselors tell them to take. The classes are the ones the school offers. The NCAA has its own, often inscrutable, standards about those classes. The school's/state's standards are not necessarily the same as the NCAA's. It may not matter what grades a guy has if the courses he took don't match the NCAA's requirements. Why should a teenager be expected to know more about this sort of thing than the adults who presumably do this for a living?

dw0731 writes:

in response to hamrbr:

Per great source, the clearinghouse thing has been cleared up and Gordon is good to go. Jumped a little too quick Mike ;-)

Hope your source is right. We need every good athlete available to keep this ship from sinking.

dw0731 writes:

in response to VOL1SG:

Alright fellow fans, I am heading to Knocksville for Labor Day weekend with the family. This will be my first time going to Neyland (can't explain the excitment). I am looking for some decent places that are family friendly and close to places that a mom with a two year old can enjoy while dad gets to enjoy the game.
1. Is it even feasible to take a two year old that can not sit still for two minutes to a game.
2. Hotel close but not too close to avoid the raucus crowds and drinking that goes along with it after the game. (And hopefully close enough to a park the wife can take a child to that is safe).
3. With the game start at 12:27, what is the best time to get down there for the "Vol Walk" and how soon should you get towards the gate before game time.

Thanks for the assistance here. I have mostly been stationed outside the US and have finally got stationed close to home. Will be coming from FT Benning, GA.

GO VOLS!

I would reconsider taking a 2 year old. We took my 3 year old (now 6) and she made it through 1 quarter before complaining about not moving around. If you want to watch the VOL walk go to the hill(next to the stadium) around 10:30. I'm not native to Tennessee but this is the greatest tradition in sports and every tennessean should be proud of this great pregame tradition.

VOL1SG writes:

DW, thanks for the info. Yeah, we are reconsidering taking our girl. I think it would be better to enjoy this as a family. Do you have to buy a ticket for a two year old? I have heard taking a shuttle is better than driving due to parking.

GO VOLS!!!!

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