Back in business: Return of Jackson will tighten troubled defense, Vols say

Tennessee cornerback Janzen Jackson (15) tackles South Carolina wide receiver Tori Gurley (81) at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009.

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Tennessee cornerback Janzen Jackson (15) tackles South Carolina wide receiver Tori Gurley (81) at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009.

Tennessee held Janzen Jackson's position for him.

And now, the freshman is welcome to be one of the Vols again.

Officially cleared of all attempted armed robbery charges on Monday, Jackson was back on the practice field Tuesday, working with the first team and preparing for a return to the starting lineup at Kentucky on Saturday (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.). Considering how the Vols have fared without him during the last three games, they were clearly glad to have him back.

"I think it does help a ton for us, defense and special teams," said coach Lane Kiffin, who announced Jackson's reinstatement at his 12:30 p.m. press conference. "Janzen is a great player, and I think it's very obvious when you look at stats. When he's not played for us, we've played the worst that we've played on defense all season long. He's missed the last three games, and prior to those three games we had given up the least explosive plays in the country on defense.

"When a play breaks, he's always the last line. We've missed that, so it'll be good having that back."

Kiffin didn't exactly rush to the decision to bring him back, but once Jackson was cleared by the police, the District Attorney's office and UT student affairs, it wasn't a hard one to make.

Ultimately Jackson served a two-game suspension during the investigation into what role he might have played in the incident including dismissed freshmen teammates Nu'Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards. This came after Jackson missed the Memphis game for an unrelated and undisclosed violation of team rules. But with that cleared up, the Vols (6-5, 3-4 SEC) are putting their focus back on the role he can play for a banged-up defense against the Wildcats (7-4, 3-4).

"Oh man, he looked good," defensive tackle Dan Williams said. "The defense felt some energy, everybody was running around - it's always good to have Janzen back there. He's a good athlete, and he can really help us out back there.

"I mean, today was just a normal practice. He was just back in the rotation, and he looked like he'd never missed a day."

It will certainly provide a lift if Jackson picks up right where he left off in the middle of a potential freshman All-America season.

The Vols looked like one of the nation's best defenses in the four games prior to Jackson's absence against Memphis, and since then they've been decidedly average - or worse against Ole Miss. A few more injuries and a lengthy layoff for Jackson might make it a challenge to fix all their issues, but the Vols at least aren't expecting the latter to be a problem.

"Janzen is a very intelligent football player, you can tell by the way that he plays, how he's always running to the ball, knows where it's going," Kiffin said. "He's had a few weeks off so he'll have to get back in the rhythm of practice and the rhythm of the game. But I expect him to play really well because he does take football so serious and studies it so much, I don't think there will be a drop-off.

"I think he's very relieved. This has been very difficult on him. As I said, he was cleared of any wrongdoing or any knowledge at all of this situation happening, and so part of you feels bad for him in a way because he's had to go through this. Him and his family have had to go through being on SportsCenter, his name tagged with this incident, missing the last two games because of this. I know he's excited to be back and he's ready to go."

The Vols put that to the test Tuesday, and Jackson easily slid back into his starting role and looked plenty at ease to be there.

That seemed to have a contagious effect as well, and not just because it made the unit look healthier.

"He's been happy ever since I saw him Saturday," safety Eric Berry said. "He's just been grinning ear to ear and really been having fun, running around. It's hard to see him without a smile on his face. I saw him (Monday) in class and he was smiling for no reason.

"He's just back to his old self, just having a good time."

Now he's free to do it all back at his old position.

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Cldvols1 writes:

Glad to have you back Janzen, now go bust some KY heads!

golfin_blondie writes:

Glad to have you back JJ....now keep a good head on your shoulders and don't let the team or Coach Kiffin down. Play the game of your life and show that you really deserve to wear the ORANGE!

volstasis writes:

Keep that smile on your face and your head out of your hind-end. Glad to have you back. Now, bring it Saturday night.

DC_Vol writes:

Wow Janzen Jackson cleared by "the police, the District Attorney's office and UT student affairs". All you UF Fans KMAN, DtoC and MV Unversity should be ashamed of yourselves for rushing to judgement and wrongfully attacking this young man. Pitiful!

You guys should feel terrible because if you had made the decision on Janzen Jackson you would have destroyed this young man's life. You should apologize for your false accusations of this young man and pray to God no one judges each of you similarly and as harshly with little or no knowledge on the subject.

Next time each of you keep your mouths shut and an open mind until all the facts are in instead of spreading your viscious nasty rumors.

tenuscvol writes:

A lot of thankful folks...

Count me one of them...time to move on...

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving Holiday (even you trollers)

GBO! Skin dem Cats!..Go Auburn!

TennThunder writes:

I just want to add that when we were 18 we probably did some STUPID stuff that we were not caught at or accused of in front the entire nation. These young men live in a pressure cooker we cannot imagine unless you have been to war. Try and remember what kind of a goofball you were at 18 and cut them some major slack whether it is on or off the football field. I am NOT condoning illegal actions in any way, Kiffin did the right thing by dismissing the two allegedly guilty players but just imagine if these players were your sons. Would you be so quick to condemn them on the field or off? Or would you say hey they are only kids? Keep the perspective people.

beatlecakes writes:

The quote of the day was when CLK was asked if JJ would play Sat. and his reply was "he is certainly well rested!"
Proud to see this behind him and all of the Vol fans...
Let's skin the Cats and go Bowling someplace respectable!

RJ_Vol writes:

in response to DC_Vol:

Wow Janzen Jackson cleared by "the police, the District Attorney's office and UT student affairs". All you UF Fans KMAN, DtoC and MV Unversity should be ashamed of yourselves for rushing to judgement and wrongfully attacking this young man. Pitiful!

You guys should feel terrible because if you had made the decision on Janzen Jackson you would have destroyed this young man's life. You should apologize for your false accusations of this young man and pray to God no one judges each of you similarly and as harshly with little or no knowledge on the subject.

Next time each of you keep your mouths shut and an open mind until all the facts are in instead of spreading your viscious nasty rumors.

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

DC_Vol writes:

in response to RJ_Vol:

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

RJVol,

I understand your point.

Yes we all know how the system can work for star players however, I honestly believe the system isn't working improperly for Janzeen.

Janzen maintained his innocence from the start. The police let Janzen go the first day while the District Attorney after careful consideration of the facts decided not to file charges against Janzen.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

I'd like to take a moment to say a few words...Brother Jackson, Tennessee beloveds, celestials, we are gathered here on this auspicious occassion to harken back one of our fold in warm embrace. With heavy hearts we remember those lost to us; with joyous spirit we foresee good times and bright lights...at the powerhouse stadium of the presumptious team. A little music please; strike up the band! From Knoxville we go, to Lexington we take, with Torch held high, our blinding light of victory, our can of open whup@ss!!!

AllforTenn writes:

RJ_Vol writes:

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

What an asinine comment by a holier-than- most poster.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

Beloveds...let us rise and go forth...with our open can of whup@ss!! !!!

CaliVol2009 writes:

in response to RJ_Vol:

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

Umm, your purty dumb ain't ya?

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

And to those lowly evolved, who try to walk and talk among us us even as they crawl upon their bellies like reptiles...from the Western areas of the Great State of Tennessee there arises a great cheer, a Memphis cheer. That cheer is, "You suck."

volrush17#609372 writes:

in response to TennThunder:

I just want to add that when we were 18 we probably did some STUPID stuff that we were not caught at or accused of in front the entire nation. These young men live in a pressure cooker we cannot imagine unless you have been to war. Try and remember what kind of a goofball you were at 18 and cut them some major slack whether it is on or off the football field. I am NOT condoning illegal actions in any way, Kiffin did the right thing by dismissing the two allegedly guilty players but just imagine if these players were your sons. Would you be so quick to condemn them on the field or off? Or would you say hey they are only kids? Keep the perspective people.

Amen TT-don't know or care if any of the folks posting been there done that-came to UT in 1968 & yes did some DA stuff-way back when it was peace & love not kill your fellow man
18 & stupid oh hell yeah
Happy turkey all

volrush17#609372 writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

And to those lowly evolved, who try to walk and talk among us us even as they crawl upon their bellies like reptiles...from the Western areas of the Great State of Tennessee there arises a great cheer, a Memphis cheer. That cheer is, "You suck."

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

GahLee writes:

in response to RJ_Vol:

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

At some point this argument has to end.

GahLee writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

And to those lowly evolved, who try to walk and talk among us us even as they crawl upon their bellies like reptiles...from the Western areas of the Great State of Tennessee there arises a great cheer, a Memphis cheer. That cheer is, "You suck."

Memphis isn't Tennessee, Maybe Arkansas, maybe Mississippi, I would love to cut you guys right out of the state.

Been to Memphis, was not impressed at all, only good thing about it is it's proximity to the casino's.

MidTennVol writes:

Stay off the weed, Jackson.

oldvolsfan writes:

in response to RJ_Vol:

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

the other two were charged this young man was cleared of all charges God frogives you need to learn to

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

One of the most respected Vols reportedly said, early in the continuing embarassment that this story has been and will continue to be,

that if you picked three on the team to be thugs these three are the ones that would be picked be the obvious choices.

So now we know more about Kiffin:

Rather than stand for moral high ground, he reinstates a guy who was on probation, earlier; and the guy starts Saturday, when at the worst, he obviously was out past curfew, and to have avoided other charges, he would have been the only person in the history of college students,

who was with three people smoking pot at that 2:00 a.m. on a school night---when people who have been smoking weed tend to get the "munchies"---and just by chance, the player who is reinstated happened to be the one in the store, where people buy munchies.

Of course that is preferable to being outside doing armed robbery, like the other two of Kiffin's highly ranked recruiting class, who were involved in this embarassment to the University.

Lane Kiffin is the coach who gave that arrogant sneer about Phillip Fulmer's teams' conduct---and about everything else, when interviewed.

This is the coach who lied to the media about how it had been __________ weeks and _____days with no trouble---when asked about the armed robbery charges, yet he had to have known that less than a week earlier,

still another of his recruits had been cited for shoplifting.

This is the coach who reportedly has been playing power games with the athletics director, to keep from having players disciplined.

But, then, what do you expect from a guy who hires a coach who reportedly had been charged with domestic violence?

Of course the hired coach recruits like blazes---although many of his recruits have conduct and academic issues aplenty.

But...what the heck... this is just the same principle as allowing a talented football player with a steady stream of conduct issues to return and start this Saturday.

A head coach who will lie to the media, as Kiffin appears to have done, will ignore other character issues with his coaches and players, in my opinion.

Maybe somebody needs to explain to him that we expect him to have character,

instead of being a definat, pouting immature character like many of his players---

and in his case, one who leaves a residue of embarassment after almost every interview.

ibvolman writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

One of the most respected Vols reportedly said, early in the continuing embarassment that this story has been and will continue to be,

that if you picked three on the team to be thugs these three are the ones that would be picked be the obvious choices.

So now we know more about Kiffin:

Rather than stand for moral high ground, he reinstates a guy who was on probation, earlier; and the guy starts Saturday, when at the worst, he obviously was out past curfew, and to have avoided other charges, he would have been the only person in the history of college students,

who was with three people smoking pot at that 2:00 a.m. on a school night---when people who have been smoking weed tend to get the "munchies"---and just by chance, the player who is reinstated happened to be the one in the store, where people buy munchies.

Of course that is preferable to being outside doing armed robbery, like the other two of Kiffin's highly ranked recruiting class, who were involved in this embarassment to the University.

Lane Kiffin is the coach who gave that arrogant sneer about Phillip Fulmer's teams' conduct---and about everything else, when interviewed.

This is the coach who lied to the media about how it had been __________ weeks and _____days with no trouble---when asked about the armed robbery charges, yet he had to have known that less than a week earlier,

still another of his recruits had been cited for shoplifting.

This is the coach who reportedly has been playing power games with the athletics director, to keep from having players disciplined.

But, then, what do you expect from a guy who hires a coach who reportedly had been charged with domestic violence?

Of course the hired coach recruits like blazes---although many of his recruits have conduct and academic issues aplenty.

But...what the heck... this is just the same principle as allowing a talented football player with a steady stream of conduct issues to return and start this Saturday.

A head coach who will lie to the media, as Kiffin appears to have done, will ignore other character issues with his coaches and players, in my opinion.

Maybe somebody needs to explain to him that we expect him to have character,

instead of being a definat, pouting immature character like many of his players---

and in his case, one who leaves a residue of embarassment after almost every interview.

Yawn...you sir are an idiot. You make assumptions of things you cannot back up as fact. Do you know what happens when you assume things? It makes you an a@@.

ibvolman writes:

in response to dthenc:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

How about the gator players who fire an AK-47 in the air, and then are later put back on the team? How about the thug, Brandon Spikes, who tries to gouge out a players eyes, and Cryin' Meyer issues a half game suspension? HOw about any other number of thugs from UF (University of Fellons) who have done far worse things than be out at 2 AM, and received less than a slap on the wrist, and a big old kiss on the cheeck from Timmy? Pot, meet kettle!

jboyle5555#228112 writes:

Just hope Lane sat him down and put the fear of God into him for being out at 2 am just coming off a previous suspension. What was going thru his head ? Hopefully this stuff is behind him.

UkJarhead writes:

The charges were dropped. OJ was found innocent. But if you think that kid was out at 2am with those thugs reading the bible in that Prius, your crazy. Lets not annoint him a saint. He had been suspended already before this incident. He knew what was going on. Doesn't matter though. Fulmer tought Kiffin how good character doesn't matter to play ball at UT.

vol98champ writes:

At most schools Jackson would have played the last 2 games. I believe Kiffin handled the situation almost perfectly. I keep wondering what the other 2 were thinking. Holding up 3 guys in a 98 Hyundai at 2 AM isn't going to ever be financially rewarding. Is it possible that they thought this was funny or is this SOP in Pahokee and Cleveland at night when white guys are seen in their turf? Either way this is very sad for them and us. The only winners are the other teams fans. Saban might have handled this as well as Kiffin. Urban would have cried and let them play.

69grad writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

One of the most respected Vols reportedly said, early in the continuing embarassment that this story has been and will continue to be,

that if you picked three on the team to be thugs these three are the ones that would be picked be the obvious choices.

So now we know more about Kiffin:

Rather than stand for moral high ground, he reinstates a guy who was on probation, earlier; and the guy starts Saturday, when at the worst, he obviously was out past curfew, and to have avoided other charges, he would have been the only person in the history of college students,

who was with three people smoking pot at that 2:00 a.m. on a school night---when people who have been smoking weed tend to get the "munchies"---and just by chance, the player who is reinstated happened to be the one in the store, where people buy munchies.

Of course that is preferable to being outside doing armed robbery, like the other two of Kiffin's highly ranked recruiting class, who were involved in this embarassment to the University.

Lane Kiffin is the coach who gave that arrogant sneer about Phillip Fulmer's teams' conduct---and about everything else, when interviewed.

This is the coach who lied to the media about how it had been __________ weeks and _____days with no trouble---when asked about the armed robbery charges, yet he had to have known that less than a week earlier,

still another of his recruits had been cited for shoplifting.

This is the coach who reportedly has been playing power games with the athletics director, to keep from having players disciplined.

But, then, what do you expect from a guy who hires a coach who reportedly had been charged with domestic violence?

Of course the hired coach recruits like blazes---although many of his recruits have conduct and academic issues aplenty.

But...what the heck... this is just the same principle as allowing a talented football player with a steady stream of conduct issues to return and start this Saturday.

A head coach who will lie to the media, as Kiffin appears to have done, will ignore other character issues with his coaches and players, in my opinion.

Maybe somebody needs to explain to him that we expect him to have character,

instead of being a definat, pouting immature character like many of his players---

and in his case, one who leaves a residue of embarassment after almost every interview.

Obviously an Urbie Cryer post with proofreading by Tim Teblow.

69grad writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

The charges were dropped. OJ was found innocent. But if you think that kid was out at 2am with those thugs reading the bible in that Prius, your crazy. Lets not annoint him a saint. He had been suspended already before this incident. He knew what was going on. Doesn't matter though. Fulmer tought Kiffin how good character doesn't matter to play ball at UT.

You're (not your) comparing Jackson to OJ? You have a talent for gross hyperbole. Go to Parris Island and get your head on straight.

vol_in_bigten_land writes:

Who said one player want make a difference? Do you think the Colts would have won the super bowl without Bob Sanders?

82cat writes:

As the late Johnny Cochran would say about all the bluster about weed in the car.

"If the weed aint lit you must acquit!"

Great news JJ is back!

Sounds like his presence has provided a huge lift for the team.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to RJ_Vol:

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

If that were the case then Nukeese would still be on the team because in the next couple of years he will be a stud.
When you are cleared by the police, by video cameras and DA then you are CLEARED!!!
Your point makes no sense at all because if this were not the truth then I think Nukeese and Mike would be bumping their gums and saying Jackson was just as involved as they were!!!

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

I'd like to take a moment to say a few words...Brother Jackson, Tennessee beloveds, celestials, we are gathered here on this auspicious occassion to harken back one of our fold in warm embrace. With heavy hearts we remember those lost to us; with joyous spirit we foresee good times and bright lights...at the powerhouse stadium of the presumptious team. A little music please; strike up the band! From Knoxville we go, to Lexington we take, with Torch held high, our blinding light of victory, our can of open whup@ss!!!

and the troll said all of this without cussing out a vol fan. it must have taken you 10 minutes to to find auspicious in the dictionary.

JJ is a talented player and only time will tell if he is better than EB (he may be). he could probably play any position other than FB, OL, and DL. i just hope he stays out of trouble so he's around in two years.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

One of the most respected Vols reportedly said, early in the continuing embarassment that this story has been and will continue to be,

that if you picked three on the team to be thugs these three are the ones that would be picked be the obvious choices.

So now we know more about Kiffin:

Rather than stand for moral high ground, he reinstates a guy who was on probation, earlier; and the guy starts Saturday, when at the worst, he obviously was out past curfew, and to have avoided other charges, he would have been the only person in the history of college students,

who was with three people smoking pot at that 2:00 a.m. on a school night---when people who have been smoking weed tend to get the "munchies"---and just by chance, the player who is reinstated happened to be the one in the store, where people buy munchies.

Of course that is preferable to being outside doing armed robbery, like the other two of Kiffin's highly ranked recruiting class, who were involved in this embarassment to the University.

Lane Kiffin is the coach who gave that arrogant sneer about Phillip Fulmer's teams' conduct---and about everything else, when interviewed.

This is the coach who lied to the media about how it had been __________ weeks and _____days with no trouble---when asked about the armed robbery charges, yet he had to have known that less than a week earlier,

still another of his recruits had been cited for shoplifting.

This is the coach who reportedly has been playing power games with the athletics director, to keep from having players disciplined.

But, then, what do you expect from a guy who hires a coach who reportedly had been charged with domestic violence?

Of course the hired coach recruits like blazes---although many of his recruits have conduct and academic issues aplenty.

But...what the heck... this is just the same principle as allowing a talented football player with a steady stream of conduct issues to return and start this Saturday.

A head coach who will lie to the media, as Kiffin appears to have done, will ignore other character issues with his coaches and players, in my opinion.

Maybe somebody needs to explain to him that we expect him to have character,

instead of being a definat, pouting immature character like many of his players---

and in his case, one who leaves a residue of embarassment after almost every interview.

I like the job Coach Kiffin is doing as well.

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to RJ_Vol:

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

That's right!! I agree!! The Star player, who didn't get out of the car, didn't brandish a weapon, didn't ask for "all you have" and was found innocent, stays on the team. Two others dismissed!

You're so bright!

Cldvols1 writes:

in response to 82cat:

As the late Johnny Cochran would say about all the bluster about weed in the car.

"If the weed aint lit you must acquit!"

Great news JJ is back!

Sounds like his presence has provided a huge lift for the team.

Whether Jackson is back or not it doesn't matter because we're still gonna make it 25 years in a row! I'm a big believer in tradition and since this one has lasted so long I don't think there's any chance of it being broken. Get out your KY liquid your about to get...Go Vols!!!

MusicCityVol writes:

Our Old Kentucky Home

www.checkerboardchatter.blogspot.com

cloudodust writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

The charges were dropped. OJ was found innocent. But if you think that kid was out at 2am with those thugs reading the bible in that Prius, your crazy. Lets not annoint him a saint. He had been suspended already before this incident. He knew what was going on. Doesn't matter though. Fulmer tought Kiffin how good character doesn't matter to play ball at UT.

'Jughead' is a more appropriate tag for you. Where would any of us be without a chance to amend errant behavior of our youth, especially those cleared in a legal sense..? Jughead, this is light years away from OJ.

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

I had previously stated that I would keep him off the field until next year. That's based on what I've read here, and heard in the media. That being said, I respect CLK's decision, and defer to his knowledge of the situtation being in the center of it all.

So, welcome back, and GO VOLS!!

Richardutm writes:

in response to GahLee:

Memphis isn't Tennessee, Maybe Arkansas, maybe Mississippi, I would love to cut you guys right out of the state.

Been to Memphis, was not impressed at all, only good thing about it is it's proximity to the casino's.

Let's see, Memphis has Elvis, half of the state's bankruptcies, half the state's crime, half the state's dropouts, and most of the state's idiots. Before you cut it out of the state I love, please let me retire and move back to Dyersburg. Then I will help ya do it.

abnerPeabody writes:

65877,tell us when he was put on probation.You can't because it never happened.Tell us what time curfew was to start.You can't because Kiffin said the team had no curfew.Tell us about the positive drug test these 3 players failed.You can't because they were not charged with smokeing pot.The pot was owned by the female and she and only she was charged with a drug offense to which she admitted.Munchies?I think that means rolling papers.This store sells other products besides Munchies.Lies?That is you my fine chicken chit idiot.Therefore you just placed your character in question and ignore facts for your lies.Someone needs to explain to you what character is.The residue of embarassment is clearly you.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

After having the front row seat for what happened with the other two idiots, I sincerely hope the only news headlines we see about Janzen Jackson from now on are about how great of a player he is.

And for the idiot claiming drug test failures... until I hear it from the mouth of someone who would actually know instead of rumorists... shut up.

easleychuck writes:

in response to dthenc:

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The smell of fear is a not very becoming to you.

EB14 writes:

in response to jbrantleez:

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they should be giving out blindfolds to UK fans because the return of jackson and thompson and the intensity of the D will be too much for a freshman quarterback and randall cobb, and JC is playing just as good or better than tebow and thats scary, especially against a poor UK D.

UT 42
UK 13

Mr_Brownstone writes:

GatorS, GAAAAYTURDS, GAAAYTURDS. BUWHAHAHAHAHA!!!

RJ_Vol writes:

Many here act like this was JJ's first brush w/ problems. He had already been suspended for one game before this ever happened. The reason is open for speculation. As for the incident...there were four people in a car - two claiming not to know an armed robbery had taken place. Right. I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee, not some troll that lurks. Many here are concerned w/ "W's" and not the reputation of the university...We are viewed widely now as a University of Miami type of program. I will stop this argument when CLK quits his doublespeak as to what an arrest is - regarding the shoplifting citation. Shoplifting is a serious offense. I am not interested in making others on this board feel better about the program. I am interested in seeing a clean program - sorry to step on the toes of those Miami wannabe fans. This isn't about justice, because justice was not served in my opinion. Due to Jackson's previous off-the-field issues, he should at least be suspended for the rest of the year and whatever bowl we make. He is back on the field because we need him to win - if he indeed plays. This isn't about what is right, it is about winning at all costs. I for one am not in favor of taking the Miami route in football. Let's win the right way. If we continue down this path we won't be missing bowl games due to winning percentages - NCAA probation will be the cause. Stand up and do the right thing now, or have the NCAA show up and do it for you. Funny quips won't impress the NCAA.

RJ_Vol writes:

in response to CaliVol2009:

Umm, your purty dumb ain't ya?

Thanks for the flashback to elementary school...

RJ_Vol writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

RJ_Vol writes:

Umm. We know how the system works. Star player stays on the team. Two others dismissed.

What an asinine comment by a holier-than- most poster.

Good one.

RJ_Vol writes:

in response to GahLee:

At some point this argument has to end.

When the program is clean...

RJ_Vol writes:

in response to oldvolsfan:

the other two were charged this young man was cleared of all charges God frogives you need to learn to

Harcourt-Brace.

AFVol423 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

One of the most respected Vols reportedly said, early in the continuing embarassment that this story has been and will continue to be,

that if you picked three on the team to be thugs these three are the ones that would be picked be the obvious choices.

So now we know more about Kiffin:

Rather than stand for moral high ground, he reinstates a guy who was on probation, earlier; and the guy starts Saturday, when at the worst, he obviously was out past curfew, and to have avoided other charges, he would have been the only person in the history of college students,

who was with three people smoking pot at that 2:00 a.m. on a school night---when people who have been smoking weed tend to get the "munchies"---and just by chance, the player who is reinstated happened to be the one in the store, where people buy munchies.

Of course that is preferable to being outside doing armed robbery, like the other two of Kiffin's highly ranked recruiting class, who were involved in this embarassment to the University.

Lane Kiffin is the coach who gave that arrogant sneer about Phillip Fulmer's teams' conduct---and about everything else, when interviewed.

This is the coach who lied to the media about how it had been __________ weeks and _____days with no trouble---when asked about the armed robbery charges, yet he had to have known that less than a week earlier,

still another of his recruits had been cited for shoplifting.

This is the coach who reportedly has been playing power games with the athletics director, to keep from having players disciplined.

But, then, what do you expect from a guy who hires a coach who reportedly had been charged with domestic violence?

Of course the hired coach recruits like blazes---although many of his recruits have conduct and academic issues aplenty.

But...what the heck... this is just the same principle as allowing a talented football player with a steady stream of conduct issues to return and start this Saturday.

A head coach who will lie to the media, as Kiffin appears to have done, will ignore other character issues with his coaches and players, in my opinion.

Maybe somebody needs to explain to him that we expect him to have character,

instead of being a definat, pouting immature character like many of his players---

and in his case, one who leaves a residue of embarassment after almost every interview.

I stopped reading when you mentioned curfew. I thought the same thing and said so when this frist broke. The team does not have a curfew, though I think it would be prudent. If you haven't paid enough attention to get that detail straight, you haven't paid enough attention to write a book. Jackson served his suspension for violating team rules, plus two more games while the investigation that cleared him was on going. It's over now. Stop beating the dead horse with what you think (and are incorrect about).

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