Kiffin won't comment if Jackson suspended for Memphis game

Lane Kiffin isn’t about to start violating his personal policy about suspensions by talking about them publicly.

But at this point, it wouldn’t appear the Tennessee coach is exactly keeping them a secret either.

Janzen Jackson spent practice Thursday watching from a distance, and for a healthy safety who’s the reigning freshmen of the week in the SEC, that’s about as official as it gets. With or without confirmation from Kiffin, it appears Jackson won’t be in uniform to defend his latest award and an administrative issue will keep him out of the lineup against Memphis on Saturday (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.).

“I don’t talk about guys being suspended during the week,” Kiffin said. “So just like if it’s happened before and it’s happened again, I’ll address it after the game.”

When pressed further on Jackson specifically, Kiffin gave the same response about his availability for the Tigers.

The freshman has started every game but the opener for the Vols, and he’s emerged as one of the best players on one of the nation’s toughest defenses. But the fact Prentiss Waggner and Darren Myles Jr., split Jackson’s normal reps with the starters at practice perhaps gave away the answer Kiffin wouldn’t.

“Same thing, Prentiss and Darren Myles have both been back there,” Kiffin said. “We’ve given them basically equal reps and we’ll go back in there and watch this film before we make any decisions.”

A decision on Jackson seems to have already been made. But an official verdict won’t come out until Saturday.

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Comments » 66

NorthwestVol writes:

Continue to send the message coach. You screw up, you sit. Continue to screw up and you are gone, starter or sub.

JohnsonCity_George writes:

Keep it up CLK. No player is bigger than this "thing" your doing.

Phowell23 writes:

Word has it he was at a Knoxville bar having a few beers and decided he would walk out of the bar with his beer in hand. A bouncer stopped him but he got into an altercation with said bouncer. That's the rumor that is floating around.

miketnvolsfan writes:

well this isnt good news for the team we got stick by these guys and make sure they walk the line love the way these guy coach keep up the good work ck

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Hold the line, Kiff. They'll respect you for it.

BBQ the Tiggers Sat nite.

tngivem6 writes:

Gotto love the discipline Coach Kiffin is laying down. Something this program has lacked for some time.

bobbytodd writes:

Nukeese junk and now this. Don't like all this off the field stuff going on. If the soap opera stuff starts going on then the quality of play will start going down. That is the only way the kitty's stand a chance.

johnlg00 writes:

Sometimes you have to wonder what goes through the minds of these kids. When you are 18 years old, it is just flat illegal to be drinking in bars, let alone on the street. On the other hand, he IS from Louisiana, where concepts like underage drinking and the law in general are a bit more, uh, subject to interpretation than they are lots of other places. Don't blow it for yourself, young man! Crack the whip, CLK!

coachbenchpressfakebakes writes:

Did JJ have to increase his own suspension out of shame/guilt as Spikes did? By the way somebody have a jeweler price Spikes bling he'll be wearing saturday and get back to me. Things that make you go hmmmm.

Volsrbest writes:

Suspended for 2 halves...whole game.

Go Vols!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bobbytodd:

Nukeese junk and now this. Don't like all this off the field stuff going on. If the soap opera stuff starts going on then the quality of play will start going down. That is the only way the kitty's stand a chance.

It seems to me that CLK is on top of it and not afraid to act quickly and decisively when guys start to get too big for their britches. No long drawn-out investigations, no endless series of chances, no favoritism for stars. Works for me.

sidwalkvol writes:

have to agree with Johnlgwhatever.

You KNOW stuff is going to happen. But this regime takes no prisoners. Warren is gone for attitude as much as behavior. Several others, too. Remember when Dennis was suspended and after he sat he came back talking about how his selfishness hurt the team? That is the attitude CLK and his staff are instilling in these guys, but the discipline has bite. That is a HUGE difference from the serious talking-to's that Coach UM and even CPF offer their "thsilly" misbehavers.

Betcha Janzen gets with the program.

And would rather have junk related to discipline than issues related to lack of same.

utvolz#637682 writes:

I hope he's not reading too much of his own press and beginning to think this college thing is just an audition for a couple of seasons. Many before him, during the Fulmer era, took that mindset and never even made it out of school, much less "The Show!" Show em' all the tough love coach, they'll be more appreciative of you later down the road...

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to volfromfla56_did_I_hurt_your_feelings:

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4 and 4 or 8 and 0 believe Gators have a pretty good system.

CRFVols writes:

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Well put sir. lol Maybe we should have given him a half of a game and then give him a chance to be coaxed into sitting out the whole game to try and make himself look responsible and good. Wait....nah....we do the right thing in the first place.

Love this staff.

WytheVol writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Hold the line, Kiff. They'll respect you for it.

BBQ the Tiggers Sat nite.

And so will we... Good to see he continues to take prompt action. No matter the crime, they're doing the time. Recruits parents will take quick notice to this.

Expat_Orange writes:

He missed an easy pick 6 in practice and tried to pluck out his own eye. Clearly visible on film. Kiffin is laying down the law - no eye gouging. Not even your own.

movol77 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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:0) And the subtle truths behind it are TICKING ME OFF!!!

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to volfromfla56_did_I_hurt_your_feelings:

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Oh boy, I hope Janzen Jackson don't have hisself a heavy heart like that eye-gouge Brandon Spikes. Maybe bouncers that assault Jackson should get theyselves a spension and high quality fine! Hospitality industry sposed to be hospitable. Why bouncers give Jackson some of they inhospitable hospitality?

volball7222 writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

4 and 4 or 8 and 0 believe Gators have a pretty good system.

FU or UF......your choice.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to volball7222:

FU or UF......your choice.

We have our felons and they have theirs. They are at this time winning a lot more than us. That's the facts. Maybe we can change that in the future. We are playing better than last year-time will tell.

Expat_Orange writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

We have our felons and they have theirs. They are at this time winning a lot more than us. That's the facts. Maybe we can change that in the future. We are playing better than last year-time will tell.

Comparing underage drinking to a felony?

You are, at this time, appearing ridiculous.

We are, at this time, without an embarrassing eye gouging incident.

You should, at this time, spare yourself more humiliation and step away from the keyboard.

golfin_blondie writes:

If what I have heard is correct, Kiffin did the right thing. That is what has been wrong in Knoxville and it is refreshing to see someone take a stand and stick to it.

dowhatsright writes:

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Like you, I hope our coaches keep good discipline. I think we should have a "Give Brandon Spikes a nickname" contest. My choice is "Pokey". Pokey Spikes. I read that Brandon asked to be suspended for the entire Vanderbilt game. It would be great if that's true, but I'm suspicious that the FL PR guys came up with that one.

the10sevol writes:

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pretty much sums up my own uT career 30 years ago, except the underage part (law was 18 back then).

GBO

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

Oh boy, Janzen Jackson old enough to get hisself blowed the f up being high quality patriot in Afghanistan. He not old enough to have hisself a beer from hospitality industry in America.

beachvol1 writes:

Who was it that said, "Oh, it's only Memphis State"...look idiot, I sat in 1996 and watched the UM(Memphis State) upset the nationally ranked Vols and was no way they should have been on the field with the likes of Peyton Manning and all the UT talent...so don't start that, "It's only Memphis State" stuff...that's what gets you in trouble, letting your guard down...on any given date, it can happen...hopefully it won't, as this is not a Fulmer coached team and appears to be ready for every game...Go Vols....

tdvol1989 writes:

You know, sooner or later, Kiffin's hard line is going to end up driving some guys out of the program. But, that is as it should be. In Fulmer's latter years, there was just one embarrassment after another and I was no longer proud of our program.

But, you can bet I am now. The intruders that want to throw 4 - 4 in our face can eat it. We are competitive and have high standards. And apparently, there are several very talented players out there who are lining up to play for the Big Orange.

You just have to love Kiffin's intense focus on building an Elite program. He just takes no prisoners. We lose a guy for discipline or injury and he makes no excuses. The players just keep playing hard and the coaches just keep recruiting hard. And if someone falls out along the way, so be it. RELENTLESS!!!

13Natties writes:

I know that this is completely off subject, but I was looking at you guys commitment list and couldn't help but notice the height LK is bringing in. There is no one under 6'1" with a couple or a few WR at 6'6". I'm glad we are losing these short DB's and replacing them with taller ones.

rootin4volz writes:

What I love is the the KNS is absolutely seething that CLK won't give up the info on Jackson until AFTER the game on Saturday. You can see in this article exactly how bad that eats them up. Freakin' press...think they are entitled to know everything about everyone and everything, and that they should be patted on the back for getting the "scoop". And when they DON'T get the scoop (i.e. the Black Jerseys) they whine, and moan like a bunch of babies. Hilarious!

TnScooby writes:

Hate to hear JJ is in trouble...But it is refreshing to see a FIRM response by CLK....Not sure where the felony comment came from...Since CLK was hired, I can't remember any Vols being arrested for a felony...or tased..but IMO this shows that NO player will be above the rules...Freshman will learn, some of them the hard way, that nobody is above the rules on this team...I'm sure JJ will learn from this and be back on the field soon...JMO

Down_The_Field writes:

here we have CLK who is in charge and calling the shots without flinching. you tow the line at this school or you ride the pine for the ENTIRE game.

now, if this would have been urbun cryer; JJ would have told ole urb what his suspension would have been and ole urb would tow the line.

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to 13Natties:

I know that this is completely off subject, but I was looking at you guys commitment list and couldn't help but notice the height LK is bringing in. There is no one under 6'1" with a couple or a few WR at 6'6". I'm glad we are losing these short DB's and replacing them with taller ones.

Tell that to Dennis Rogan, 5'9, and Eric Berry, 5'11.

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

rekon he's just being a freshman...needs his head stuffed in a toilet...

smokies_old_soul writes:

in response to Phowell23:

Word has it he was at a Knoxville bar having a few beers and decided he would walk out of the bar with his beer in hand. A bouncer stopped him but he got into an altercation with said bouncer. That's the rumor that is floating around.

i'm very tired of the attitude these guys display the minute someone tells them they have to follow a rule - they get defiant and militant - "The Man ain't gonna tell me what i can't do."

once again, i'm left still in love with the T on the side of the helmet and having to try to forget the jerk who's wearing it.

rich182x writes:

I figured he'd only have to sit for 3 1/2 minutes for this... Wheres the standard?

volnation200973 writes:

in response to memphis_vol_fan:

Tell that to Dennis Rogan, 5'9, and Eric Berry, 5'11.

5'9 for Dennis Rogan is awfully generous in my opinion.

tdbigo writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

Oh boy, Janzen Jackson old enough to get hisself blowed the f up being high quality patriot in Afghanistan. He not old enough to have hisself a beer from hospitality industry in America.

I agree 100 percent as a Vet this always struck me funny. You’re good enough to fight and die for our freedom but,,,no beer.

rjrich#235198 writes:

Thankfully we have the Witch Doctor to keep us straight - insightful, funny, on the money.

Here's the scoop on the Jackson story:

After being embarrassed by Urbie defying his "don't talk about the refs ultimatum", Mr. Commissioner went back, reviewed old film and informed UT they had to suspend JJ as a result of the hit on Brandon James because it embarrassed Urbie and the $EC, unnecessarily rearranged Mr. Jacob's molecules and stopped the gaturds from scoring and thus delivering the appropriate message to CLK and the Vol Nation from Urbie and the Commish.

Mr. Commissioner went on the say if Urbie says anything else, he will force UT to suspend EB because of the hit on the $EC poster child, TT, that was so hard it changed his zip code.

In other news, Mr. Commissioner announced he had personally nominated Mt. Cody as scholar athlete of the year, the sole $EC entry into the Mr. Universe contest and had waived all requirements future and prior for Mt. Cody to wear a helmet during $EC football games (AP).

Go Vols!

(And come on JJ - get it together. We need you back there!)

DC_Vol writes:

Does everyone understand the integrity of Kiffin and the lack or integrity of Meyer. He had to be forced by public opinion to suspend Spikes for a full game. I will take Kiffin anyday over Meyer and so will recruits!!! Go Vols!!!!

Voluvr writes:

Drinking on the strip.....I plead the 5th. They are going to move EB over to original position to get the Pick record. At least still 0 arrests.

Worst thing is you have to look Monte in the eye after you break team rules.

Voluvr writes:

When you're an athlete, they OWN you. I'm sure he wanted to experience a little college life. No harm done.

Great point on difference between Kiffin and Meyer.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to BIGGEST_UT_FAN:

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WD say Bones never lie ... You say Bone never limp ... I say only blue pill never let Bone lie limp

kabulvol writes:

in response to beachvol1:

Who was it that said, "Oh, it's only Memphis State"...look idiot, I sat in 1996 and watched the UM(Memphis State) upset the nationally ranked Vols and was no way they should have been on the field with the likes of Peyton Manning and all the UT talent...so don't start that, "It's only Memphis State" stuff...that's what gets you in trouble, letting your guard down...on any given date, it can happen...hopefully it won't, as this is not a Fulmer coached team and appears to be ready for every game...Go Vols....

Hmm. I didn't realize those of us on the board are actually playing the game. I always get a kick out of fans that make statements about "we need to take this seriously". As long as CLK and the team are practicing and taking it seriously, I'm happy. I don't think a bunch of old farts on the KNS board are going to matter. :)

hueypilot writes:

Nice work Kiff, and an obvious dig at Meyer, an IN-YOUR-FACE, "here's the way we handle discipline at Tennessee" one up to Pope Urban. If this kid is, as I understand it, the son of a football coach, this discipline will be well received and might be the best thing to happen to this Eric-Berry-in-training freshman.
Lastly, while as a vet I sympathize with the old enough to serve, old enough to get a beer argument, but if you're on a military post and 18, and you know, actually serving, you can get all the beer you want. We tried the 18 drinking law and it resulted in way too many tragic late night phone calls to parents.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

We also try us a law say 19 old enough to get hisself blowed the f up and vote. Lota late night phone calls by old fart candidates. Oh boy.

rocky_topper writes:

Janzen, grow up and be a leader for this team dude! We are proud you are a vol, and we count on you on the field as well as off the field!

Go Vols!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to long_vol:

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Well, of course they do! All I'm saying is that you would THINK it has been drilled into these guys' heads that they are NOT back among the homies, hanging out with the crowd, with only local cops they have known all their lives and who have always looked at them as stars. They are now high-profile public figures who can't go anywhere or do anything that isn't seen and reported. I know some kids will try it anyway and athletes have never been regarded as particularly saintly. Still, I have a feeling he gets it NOW. If not, we don't need him around, rising star or not.

kyvol98 writes:

I heard they have "film" of him "drinking like heck".......

signed
PF er... I mean anonymous

1974Vol writes:

There was a reason Freshmen were ineligible to play back in the day. They are bigger stronger and maybe a bit faster today but they are still as immature or moreso than they were back in the 60's & 70's. Let's all hope that JJ's parents are as upset by this as CLK. As competative as this kid is I think it will really set in with him on Saturday when the band forms the T and he's sitting there in street clothes. I hope he also understands that real decipline is more than punishment, its an act of love.

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