Offensive lineman Bailey leaving Vols

Offensive lineman Preston Bailey has left Tennessee’s football team, a source within the program told the News Sentinel.

The freshman from Montgomery Bell Academy is the third reserve offensive linemen UT has lost since last season.

Sophomores Ramone Johnson and Darius Myers were not welcome back following a 2008 season when both were suspended for two games.

UT lost one starter on the offensive line from last season to graduation. Depth will be a concern following 2009 as the Vols will likely start four seniors.

It is unclear if Bailey could return in the future. A strong student, Bailey could focus on school or pursue football elsewhere.

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Comments » 92

VOLlivin_inbama writes:

What?!?!??!

smashmouth98 writes:

We need bodies up front badly!!!! I wonder what happened? How many times did he throw up in conditioning workouts?

VolPride_13 writes:

Well...Good luck to you in whatever you do!!1

hotrodvol writes:

The line is starting to thin out. CLK might want to go the juco route next year.

Psychovol writes:

What's happening to all our big uglies?

1manningfan writes:

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KENVOL writes:

The offense won't look to good with no lineman to block.

HtownVol writes:

Why, wow better be looking for some big bodies to recruit next year!

nmbr1vol writes:

can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. ,,,it's a new regime on rocky top and not one that seems willing to babysit.

Ironcity writes:

If you can't take it then you have to move on.

Volunatic writes:

in response to KENVOL:

The offense won't look to good with no lineman to block.

Good blocking is so overrated anyway.
(I'm kidding.)

tennezz writes:

in response to nmbr1vol:

can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. ,,,it's a new regime on rocky top and not one that seems willing to babysit.

Good post. If they can`t take it we do not need them.

sameolvolalum writes:

There may be a few more to follow. It'll leave more room for future scholarships. There have got to be lots of juco's licking their chops to get a scholly to the premier NFL prep school and no doubt Kiff and co. are up to reeling them in.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to 1manningfan:

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GROW UP PUNK.

KansasVol writes:

I read somewhere that he was being a wuss in the weight room... this just opens up a scholarship for another stud.

GreenDevilVol writes:

Bailey stated the work-outs were to hard,poor little baby !!!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

I think the s & c is too much for them to handle. If they can't take it, we don't need them.

ColeTrickle writes:

NO MORE HANGIN OUT WITH FOOLMER AT THE BUFFET LINE

VolFanNC writes:

Hopefully this is due to hard workouts and nothing more. That being said, where is he going to land if he can't take the workouts? Div II? Big 10?

johnlg00 writes:

OL numbers are getting a little thin. We may not have a LOT of them, but I'll bet the ones who survive will TOUGH SOB's! More reason to sweat injuries, but the better conditioning may even help with that.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

Here's a fun link to an article in Forbes about the dollar value of college football teams.

http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/20/notr...

highVOLtage writes:

This had been speculated on other message boards for a little while now. Bailey was reportedly having difficulty with the workouts.

GatorSnorzz writes:

in response to HtownVol:

Why, wow better be looking for some big bodies to recruit next year!

Might want to re-phrase that:

Better be looking for better players next year since a scholarship opened up. Thanks Mr. Baily! Apparently when the times get tough at Tennessee, previous recruits get going off campus. Zoom Zoom..

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to GreenDevilVol:

Bailey stated the work-outs were to hard,poor little baby !!!

Where did he state this? The article says he is a good student, so this seems to be a little unsettling, especially in light of all the other issues that have swirling around the program the last couple of weeks. The team really needs offensive lineman and good students. Sounds like they're losing both.

GatorSnorzz writes:

Phil I am afraid anything might be unsettling for you..by the way..what can we glean from the comment " He is a good student"....did it mean academically? Behavior wise? Athletically? football getting in the way of academics? Somethings to think about other than projecting that "Our program is in controversy given the last couple of weeks"

Might want to re-think your comments..

wizardofvolz writes:

Sawtelle should get playing time immediately. I think that's how you spell his name.

GatorSnorzz writes:

in response to the_great_pumpkin:

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Explain yourself..If you cant cut it..then get out.Make way for better players who have a winning attitude..Tennessee doesn't want anymore slackers...Good luck to Baily..Kiffin will recruit better players next year. GO KIFFIN!!

MrBamSeydu writes:

I'd heard about this last week.

Preston Bailey couldn't handle the 5:30am workouts. He gave in. That's what it boiled down to.

kwlightmin#206976 writes:

There is a blog going on volnation.com about this. I don't know their sources, but many are saying (some were students who had class with him) that the 5:30 am workouts were too much for him. Some bloggers said that he was burnt out on football and just wanted to concentrate on his education. Others stated that he was planning to transfer to a Division II school like Furman. Like I said, don't know their sources, but I've found several of those bloggers to be pretty accurate.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to GatorSnorzz:

Phil I am afraid anything might be unsettling for you..by the way..what can we glean from the comment " He is a good student"....did it mean academically? Behavior wise? Athletically? football getting in the way of academics? Somethings to think about other than projecting that "Our program is in controversy given the last couple of weeks"

Might want to re-think your comments..

Actually, the article states that he is a "strong student", and, judging from your grammar, you probably don't know what this means either. "Athletically?" is not a sentence. It's a word with a question mark.

Ironcity writes:

in response to wizardofvolz:

Sawtelle should get playing time immediately. I think that's how you spell his name.

Sawtelle came with some fan fare until he got hurt. Hopefully he Brumfield and Pope will really come ready to play this spring.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to ButchIsBack:

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That's what I thought. But I guess whatever Lane says, most people take as gospel. I like the fact that Tennessee hired Lane Kiffin, but he is losing a good player and great kid, from what I hear. Seems he should try to re-recruit these guys instead of letting them just leave during conditioning. Oh well

Ironcity writes:

in response to ButchIsBack:

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As if you know about Sawtelle and Pope. There is a chance the kid will come back. Kiffin said sometimes a kid has to break before he can get off the floor and rise. Lets hope thats what happens to Bailey. I expected him to start this year. maybe in a couple of days he will realize what he is giving up.

yeavols#228407 writes:

The attrition rate will increase when the former recruits come to understand that slouching is not Kiffin's game plan. So sorry for that, but it's reality now. There's a new kid in town with a sheriff's badge. Good luck to Baily and he'll find his niche. Sorry Fulmer supporters, but didn't you think your days numbered?

MattDillon writes:

in response to nmbr1vol:

can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. ,,,it's a new regime on rocky top and not one that seems willing to babysit.

Well said

bobbyutvol writes:

Kiffin just keeps on running off people and recruits... This guy has not even coached his first game yet. #1 recruit in the country coming this weekend bet he takes notice to this. I hope us vol fans are not sorry for this hire. 3 minor violations already,insluted two coachs told a five star qb and a 4 star rb to go..... we will see soon. I hope I am wrong. go vols

jakethevolguy writes:

I heard from some folks in Maryville that know him, that Aaron Douglas has bulked up and could play OL next year. 6'6" 290lbs. I know he was a hoss as a tight end in high school but I think we are setting pretty good at that position. Moving him to OL might be a smart move for CLK and co.

PureOrange writes:

It is better he lays down now than during the season.

TNPilgrim writes:

Welcome to reality - Phil's phat boys will be weeded out along with the lazy staff. Maybe we'll see some offensive linemen this fall that don't have the spare tire hanging over their belt and the flabby butt to balance it. It's been obvious over the past several years that the whole team and the linemen especially have gotten fat and lazy and would run out of gas in the 4th quarter. If Lane the Lip can keep his mouth shut, we should have some pleasant surprises this fall.

lburgvol writes:

CLK is doing what he was hired to do. Get the Vols back into shape and in the national picture. You cannot make an omlet without breaking some eggs folks. These Fulmerites need to get agrip. Fulmer is out we have a new coach, support him.

NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

Maybe FOOLmer needs 2 secretaries?

TD_4_UT writes:

Yes folks, I think we are getting a glimpse of what the program was and what it is going to be. If we don't run out of player's first. I guess we know now that workin like heck just is'nt the same as workin like HE!!. Like I said before this team will look a lot diffrent this year. GO VOLS!!!

givehim6 writes:

Hope there will no injures that will futhur thin the line, seems there's always an injurey or 2 on the D&O line.

bobbytodd writes:

A few people are guessing the know why the kid quit but a lot of people are jumping on him like he is the bad guy for deciding how he wants to live his life. Sounds like some of you are in a cult or have a man crush of Kif. Which is it? Crazy robe or ready to kiss his brown eye?

BigOrangeBrain writes:

The bar has been set higher for the amount of work and dedication required to play football at UT. Coaches are not afraid of losing players or potential recruits who want to be slackers or party excessively. Its all about the business of football at a high level. The ranks may be thinned more by the end of spring practice or the openning of fall practice, but those that remain will be committed.

Caveman writes:

Caveman say must prune tree to encourage strong growth.

Fire say young Kiffin train pigball players same as US warrior forces - break down and then build up to work as team. Fire say BIG UGLY Orgeron and Long Tooth Kiffin make pigball players work hard in "volunteery workouts" - some will not have character to contribute to black steel!!

Fire agree with UT Coaching; Caveman believe Fire - Dudes pretty smart..

annemarie writes:

in response to BigOrangeBrain:

The bar has been set higher for the amount of work and dedication required to play football at UT. Coaches are not afraid of losing players or potential recruits who want to be slackers or party excessively. Its all about the business of football at a high level. The ranks may be thinned more by the end of spring practice or the openning of fall practice, but those that remain will be committed.

Yeah - we may not have a great season next year, but the recruits are going to see that "high bar" and are going to want to exceed it. What kid won't want to think, "he!! yeah, I can make it over that bar better than anobody else." The ranks may be thinning now, but they will be soon be filling - with a quickness. You heard it here.

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

in response to AreYouFnKiffinMe:

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That is championship, one, not championships, more than one.

elizabethtonvol72 writes:

in response to lburgvol:

CLK is doing what he was hired to do. Get the Vols back into shape and in the national picture. You cannot make an omlet without breaking some eggs folks. These Fulmerites need to get agrip. Fulmer is out we have a new coach, support him.

I agree 100%. If you can't back the Kiff, just sit down and be quite!!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Wish him the best.

I remember when I had to choose my sophomore year (per Coach A) between women or football.

Turned out well.

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