Football players' arrests lead to circus-like atmosphere after practice

Kiffin on football players' arrests: To paraphrase, "No comment."

Victims of attempted armed robbery speak about the experience

Screenshot of WVLT VolunteerTV exclusive video of the arrests early Thursday morning. Three University of Tennessee football players and a woman were jailed on charges of attempted armed robbery.

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Screenshot of WVLT VolunteerTV exclusive video of the arrests early Thursday morning. Three University of Tennessee football players and a woman were jailed on charges of attempted armed robbery.

Nu'Keese flips for the Vols

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The circus of reporters and crush of cameras gave Tennessee a different feel after practice.

During it, Lane Kiffin approached it like business as usual.

The first-year coach didn't make any public declaration of punishments, refused to divulge any details about incidents on Thursday morning and didn't address any specific situations about the status of freshmen Janzen Jackson, Nu'Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards after their early-morning arrest for attempted armed robbery. Instead Kiffin focused on the Vols that were around, seemingly sticking to a strict script both on the practice field and off since there's still a matter of heading to Mississippi (6-3, 2-3 SEC) for a critical game Saturday (TV: WVLT, noon).

"It's got nothing to do with what's going on with these guys," Kiffin said. "We needed to have a good practice today to prepare for a big-time game, and I thought the guys came out today and had a really good practice, thought they were very sharp, very focused, good meetings, good intensity out here, but we still have a lot of work to do before the game.

"I think it's always about your team, always about focus. Football is about adversity, life is about adversity, so no matter what happens with our guys on the field or off the field, we always (ask), 'How do you deal with adversity? How do you take the next step? How do you improve, how do you learn from it?'"

The Vols (5-4, 2-3) don't have many answers to those questions yet, and Kiffin gave even fewer about the status of the three players.

Kiffin acknowledged Jackson had been released on his own recognizance, but didn't address whether prior issues that led to a suspension last week would influence punishment for the blossoming star.

After praising Richardson's ability to bounce back from frustration over his role and a skipped practice before beating Memphis, Kiffin had nothing to add about one of the prizes of his recruiting class after another negative headline.

Edwards also didn't draw much mention, so all that seems certain at the moment is UT has a hole in the secondary without Jackson and there are a few opportunities up for grabs offensively with Richardson out at wide receiver. The former is a much more pressing concern since Jackson has started every game but two at free safety, but the Vols at least have a head start on replacing him since Waggner and Myles took his reps with the first-team last week while he served the suspension.

Kiffin hasn't announced another one for Jackson or any other form of discipline, but his spot was clearly available on Thursday. And for at least a couple hours, the only focus was trying to fill it.

"I don't know (who will start), I know that both players have practiced, Prentiss has practiced really well," Kiffin said. "Darren was out here moving around better today, had not moved around very much all week, so we'll have to test him out tomorrow and on game day.

"I can't say anything (in terms of suspensions) because we don't have all the information, and when we get it all in, we'll make a comment - just as the athletic director (Mike Hamilton) said today. We've got to get the information in, and we're not going to make any judgments until we have all the information in, and then we'll go from there once we get it."

Kiffin also didn't offer a timeframe he would work with, and technically he didn't even rule any of the three players out for the game against the Rebels.

But the Vols certainly when about their normal preparations without them as well as they could in the meantime.

"We'll deal with the three situations coming up," Kiffin said. "But until we have all the information I can't comment any further on it.

"We're gathering all the information, so we don't know exactly what happened. Unfortunately there was an incident. We made it 11 months and 11 days without any incidents."

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DrJCrown_theMagicMan writes:

Great all we needed was to get sidetracked...

SmokeyHound writes:

FOCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tngivem6 writes:

WOW..unbelievable .
I believe Kiffin and co. will do the right thing.
So far everything CLK has said since he was hired has been true, (hiring of staff, recruiting, etc..)
IMHO, I believe coach will make the right decision once all the facts are in.
He's got to keep this team focused and ready to play 1st. Then deal with the acts of the 3.
GO VOLS!!!!!!

TommyJack writes:

I trust the guy in charge.

SmokeyHound writes:

beat old miss - florida had 22 arrests. not a big deal. janzen is the only one i care about.
if any of them did wrong kick them off the team

JohnnyU writes:

I'm all for getting all the information and facts and all that, and definitely he needs to talk to all the players, but he can't mess around with this for very long. He needs to go down to Ole Miss with some sort of disposition, if only temporary.

crimsonviper writes:

It is what it is Vol fans.
Show the other players you are proud of them.
Get fired up about Ole Miss,give'em the beating they deserve.
Lots of football left to play...GBO

djgovols writes:

From reading the copy of the Police report Richardson and Edwards are gone. Depends on just how much Jackson knew when he walked up and said "lets go". If he was just trying to get the guys out of the situation in an attempt to prevent or stop them then maybe just maybe he gets another chance but then again if he was suspended for marijuana like has been stated the fact the driver of the car had it along with the paraphernalia in the car that goes along with smoking it he needs to be tossed along with the other two clowns. I hate it for the team, school, and fans but these young men made their decision and now they will have to pay for it. Do the right thing coach Kiff and keep up the good work.

thevoice writes:

Nuke, when the coach considers running the Nu Gun, he doesn't mean it literally.

Stepchild_nFL writes:

McDonalds has nothin on TN. We have our own Hamburglers. "Mama I was hungry and they had a cheesburger."

tngivem6 writes:

in response to thevoice:

Nuke, when the coach considers running the Nu Gun, he doesn't mean it literally.

Thats funny.
Has anyone watch the video of the victims on this site?
hmmmm..and they weren't going to press changes.
hmmmm...
things that make you go hmmmmm.

volatil writes:

I forget, who do we play on Sat.?

tngivem6 writes:

oops, meant press charges.

Slystone writes:

Hope these guys don't end up pumping gas somewhere.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Right about that Doc. The rest of the team probably will come out with something to prove.
It will all be good soon enough.
Good luck saturday and GBO!

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

I'll volunteer to drive Nuke to the Florida welcome center and see if Tebow can lay on hands....its worth a shot...just ask Verne Lundquist.

Volsnfl writes:

This will not be a distraction for the team,only
for the fans.

chad_t31 writes:

in response to dthenc:

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C'mon DC, you're better than that.

hewwheel writes:

in response to Slystone:

Hope these guys don't end up pumping gas somewhere.

pumping gas would be better than jail... i think???

volgirl5811 writes:

Maybe Coach should look at the character of the players he is recruiting for a few min., instead of just their talent

Pdiddy10 writes:

in response to dthenc:

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so... what does "these 3 were kiffins recruits" have to do with anything.
THOSE 24 WERE URBANS RECRUITS!!
who gices a cr@p. you made no sense. your just jealous because tennessee football is on the horizon. and UT hasnt had any ppl arrested this whole year... so you cant say anything

mmhartz writes:

Looks like future "Cops" material. Since it looks like there is a lot of video footage of it, shouldn't take too long to edit it and air it. Seriously, when are these guys going to learn doing something like this is a surefire way to ruin your life for ever. Do they not see the gun crime billboards posted all over town?

VolGrad writes:

First of all, I cannot wrap my head around the mentality it takes to commit this act.

They need to be made to face the rest of their teammates (or former teammates, dependent on the outcome) and apologize to them, the coaches and the rest of Big Orange Country.

The TEAM will move on, with or without them.

Beat Ole Miss! Go Vols!!!

tulelakevol writes:

Trust Kiffin. Win big at Ole Miss.
Talk about which bowl game we will be attending next week.

im4davols writes:

I just hope this doesn't end the good karma for us. Things were going so well. The team was playing well, recruiting was going great, the fan support was high, heading for a New Years Day bowl. If we can get out of this without a loss the rest of the season and then play on News Years day I would say we are back on track and, "way to go coaches/team." Good luck guys and give your all to Tennessee on Saturday. I will be watching and cheering you on.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to dthenc:

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Using a dead lady's credit card and there was an armed robbery in there also you
MORON!!!
TXVOLSFAN
Cryer to the domers!!!hahahahhah
who would want the loser

Hounddog writes:

in response to dthenc:

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The smartest guy in the room is the one that surrounds himself with smarter people.

Let's play football. Hounddog.

kthompson#255227 writes:

in response to Greer_Vol_22:

I'll volunteer to drive Nuke to the Florida welcome center and see if Tebow can lay on hands....its worth a shot...just ask Verne Lundquist.

Good.

mercuryvol writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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MV,I usually disagree with everything you post, but your assessment of the incident and its irony is dead on.

Voluvr writes:

Looks like the Mean Machine just picked up at least a couple recruits.

My prognostication is that Janzen may have been taking a dump in the market like he says, the others get charged. Janzen suspended rest of season and.......naw they're all gone.

Kind of takes the edge off of the lil Wayne on the field.

murrayvol writes:

in response to chad_t31:

C'mon DC, you're better than that.

No he isn't.

tenuscvol writes:

It's "went" not "when" about their...".

(I would expect WORD to catch that one...)

Anyway;

UT: 24 Ole Miss: 17

GoVols!

DennisVols writes:

Had they not been out, which is way too late in the middle of the season during game week, none of this would have happened.
It is good to see that cooler minds, Kiffin and MH, are doing the right thing and getting all the information before making a knee jerk decision. If what the was said is true then I feel Kiffin would have no choice but dismiss the 3 from the team. If Jackson was released w/o bail then something is up. There are 2 sides to every story so we will have to wait and see.
Just don't want this to wind up looking like it was "sweep under the rug" as we saw a few times under the last administration.
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

Voluvr writes:

Let's get the info, come down hard, car jack Ole Maid, and turn the page.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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True story.

The circle of life plays out a bit differently in the neighborhoods they come from. Hard to get away. Most don't.

nwcs writes:

I think it's sad that these kids threw away their future. I do think, though, that in the end it will serve the university best to do the right thing.

In fact, if the athletic department does the right thing, it can help recruiting. Being able to look parents in the eye and be able to say that it's an honest chance and discipline is enforced.

On the other hand, if nothing really happens or it drags on for a long time, it can really hurt recruiting and I wouldn't blame parents for not wanting to send their kids here if the staff is wishy-washy.

I do hope, no matter what the conclusion is, that these young people can find a way to build character into their lives and rebuild what they've torn down.

SmokeytheVol writes:

what more information does he need? three of his players were out after hours and got arrested for armed robbery. regardless of what exactly the charges end up being, its apparent that they were deeply in the wrong on this one. his "wait until the information comes" approach is one i disagree with.
GBO

tE8OwPHELch35 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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so is the witch doctor an environmental determinist?

BarrenPlainsVol writes:

I only wish these two "ole boys" would have gotten out of their car and beat the hell of nuke and mike. Then, just maybe, Janzen is still game on for Ole Miss and the other two are in the hospital recovering from their "lesson" in proper social interaction.

mahabrando writes:

in response to VolGrad:

First of all, I cannot wrap my head around the mentality it takes to commit this act.

They need to be made to face the rest of their teammates (or former teammates, dependent on the outcome) and apologize to them, the coaches and the rest of Big Orange Country.

The TEAM will move on, with or without them.

Beat Ole Miss! Go Vols!!!

Amen! Big ditto to that!

CoverOrange writes:

Where's this stuff coming from that Jackson was suspended for a failed drug test?

volsn3 writes:

YOUNG MEN ....THAT IS A MAN....FACE UP TO YOUR OWN DECISIONS.....ACCEPT THEM.....TRY TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF YOUR LIFE....BEST OF LUCK....MEANWHILE LEAVE THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE....WE DON'T NEED THAT JUNK HERE....GO VOLS

govols26 writes:

Regardless of what happens to those three it is a really serious problem so I respect the fact that the staff is going to make sure they get the whole story before making any judgements. I still can't imagine any of them back in orange and white ever again though.

CoverOrange writes:

Small points: Kiffin & co had two months to get to know these guys before signing them. Fulmer & co had years. Urban did too. And Urban was after Nuke just as much as Lane.

BarrenPlainsVol writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Where's this stuff coming from that Jackson was suspended for a failed drug test?

104.5 the Zone in Nashville reported a failed drug test was the reason for Janzen's suspension against Memphis. They were talking about this on the George Plaster show late last week. I do not know where or how it originated in Knoxville.

DownTheField writes:

in response to dthenc:

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when was the last time a thousand ole miss "students" made it to a game?

BarrenPlainsVol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Me too Doc, but I don't see how he could be clean if he just failed a test a week or week and 1/2 ago. It takes the magic herb a little longer than that to clear out. I don't think, maybe I'm wrong, that they would be able to tell if he had been smoking last night.

cloudodust writes:

IMHO, CLK is handling things just about right. The focus needs to be on Ole Miss and the rest will shake down in time. Yet, the blood thirsty fans of other programs are today shining their tin halos. Show 'em the door and kick some Ole Miss Rebel rump...GBO

volrush17#609372 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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AMEN-WD-AMEN

CoverOrange writes:

in response to BarrenPlainsVol:

104.5 the Zone in Nashville reported a failed drug test was the reason for Janzen's suspension against Memphis. They were talking about this on the George Plaster show late last week. I do not know where or how it originated in Knoxville.

If KNS doesn't report it, I don't know it. Well, at least, regarding UT sports. I don't reside in K-town anymore so I don't get the local gossip either. Seems some put a lot of stock in rumors.

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