Suspended Tabb withdraws from UT

Tennessee’s men’s basketball player Wayne Chism gave a long pause Wednesday when told teammate Josh Tabb had withdrawn from school before saying it “disturbed” him greatly.

“Josh and I are very close, and we’ve been playing together for a long time,’’ said Chism, who arrived with Tabb in the 2006 signing class. “But there’s a situation where he has to take care of his mother. He doesn’t want her all alone when she’s sick. I can understand what he’s doing — anyone would do it for their mom.’’

Tennessee issued a press release stating that Tabb, who was indefinitely suspended from team activities on Sept. 18, had returned to Illinois to care for his mother.

Coach Bruce Pearl gave no reason for Tabb’s suspension, other than saying he “hadn’t taken care of his business like we expect him to as a senior.’’

Tabb was at the doctor’s office with his mother on Tuesday when contacted by the News Sentinel and said he would prefer to comment at a more appropriate time.

“With Josh not playing right now, it was in his best interest and his family’s best interest,’’ Pearl said. “We all hope everything works out for him and his family. We’ll see what happens; Josh has another year of eligibility left.’’

Tabb played point guard last season, backing up starter Bobby Maze. Though he wasn’t expect to start this season, his role figured to be more diversified with the Vols adding junior college transfer Melvin Goins at point guard.

Tabb started 11 games last season, averaging 3.4 points and 17.4 minutes per game.

Known best as a defensive stopper, Tabb had shown improvement in his offense game. He had the best 3-point shooting clip of the players in the rotation last season, hitting .424, albeit, he only attempted 33 shot beyond the arc.

Tabb’s departure, be it temporary or permanent, will not affect UT’s APR because he was eligible at the start of this semester.

“I hope Josh comes back,’’ Chism said. “This is where he has established himself.’’

Senior forward Tyler Smith agreed.

“We’ll miss Josh, he pressed hard and coach loved his defense,’’ Smith said.

Pearl hadn’t given a timetable for Tabb’s potential return after suspending him in September.

The Vols went another man down shortly after Tabb’s suspension when sophomore Emmanuel Negedu suffered a cardiac event that put him out for this season and cast serious doubts on his playing career.

Freshman center Phillip Jurick left the Vols at the conclusion of the fall term of 2008, and UT didn’t extend a scholarship to 2008 signee Daniel West after West was ruled academically ineligible prior to the start of last season.

“This (Tabb) won’t affect us this season so much from a numbers standpoint,’’ Pearl said. “We have a lot of depth this year.’’

Next season is another matter: The Vols return six scholarship players after the 2009-10 season, and the maximum UT can sign in the upcoming class, by NCAA rule, is five players.

The Vols have two verbal commitments, point guard Trae Golden from Powder Springs, Ga., and shooting guard Jordan McRae from Liberty County, Ga.

Tennessee has been actively recruiting three of the top forward prospects in the nation: Tobias Harris and Jayvaughn Pinkston, both of whom hail from the state of New York, and Memphis Ridgeway’s Tarik Black.

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sampears writes:

I wish him the best and hope his mom gets well soon!

bUTchVFL writes:

Sad situation. Good luck Josh. My hope is that you get your degree when you can. Hope your mom gets to feeling better. Once a Vol always a Vol.

berryballer writes:

hope everything ends up alright....take care

ddbirdvol writes:

Good luck Tab, you and your family are in my prayers

MidTennVol writes:

God bless, Josh. Nothing comes before family. Take care of your Mom.

You'll always be a Volunteer.

jmillran writes:

Why was he suspended?

golfballs03 writes:

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golfballs03 writes:

I hope his Mom gets well, and that he can get things back together.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Agent_Orange:

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That scholly was going to be available next year anyway since this was his senior season.

Academics had been surmised as the reason for suspension. Maybe his home situation was the distraction. Hope his mom recovers and he is able to finish his education.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

That scholly was going to be available next year anyway since this was his senior season.

Academics had been surmised as the reason for suspension. Maybe his home situation was the distraction. Hope his mom recovers and he is able to finish his education.

Hate it for his mom...Josh has really struggled the whole time here...walking right on the edge most of the time. He really needs to be somewhere else. Just glad he can be close to home.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to jmillran:

Why was he suspended?

I have bee told it was grades.He failed the semester as was suspended.Maybe,maybe not.

kkempf#226833 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

That scholly was going to be available next year anyway since this was his senior season.

Academics had been surmised as the reason for suspension. Maybe his home situation was the distraction. Hope his mom recovers and he is able to finish his education.

Depending on his academic standing, he might be able to transfer to Southern Illinois, which is in Carbondale. I imagine it would be easier for him to finish school in his hometown.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Wishing the best for him and his Mom.

utvolz#637682 writes:

Does this open up a scholly for Skylar?

newtonrail writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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He has played 3 years. How is he going to play at any JUCO, regardless of where he stands academically? I don't see how he could play another year of BB anywhere but UT or going down to NAIA or whatever is under our 300+ schools in Division I in BB. And that's not considering his academic standing.

govols2010 writes:

for all of you that have been dogging JT maybe you should stop and know the entire siutuation before you bash someone. no one is perfect but no one knows either what he has gone through the last year. JT thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. keep your spirits up and put your faith in God in a time like this.

ricoisdaman writes:

Much Love Josh. Thanx for all the tickets for the past 3 years. U will be missed. God Bless

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Take care of your mom. you are obviously blessed with a good one.We fans wish you the best. I hope you can come back but taking care of your mom will bless you in the long run.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VOLstuckINky:

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That's a bit pessimistic. There is plenty of talent and depth remaining. It might even be easier with fewer fairly proficient players contending for scarce minutes. The worst impact of Josh leaving will be felt if Maze gets hurt or Goins doesn't come back full speed.

stratocaster54 writes:

This news disturbs me too. Not that Tabb is going to take care of his mother, that is perfectly understandable, but the indefinite suspension and the underlying implied no reason to stay for the kid. I don’t know what is really involved in this situation and I have to trust that Pearl and the University is doing the right thing. But the last time I heard this family stuff it resulted in Pearl getting divorced over the Susie home wrecker he now calls his wife! I love Pearl, but was very disappointed in his handling of his personal life (and I understand it is his personal life in the end) and just pray that UT will do the right thing by this kid. UT is a family and it needs to take care of its own!

PS – Go Vols Extra – Please don’t use my words on Pearl’s defunct marriage as an approval to write another article about his ex’s beauty salon.

stratocaster54 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

That's a bit pessimistic. There is plenty of talent and depth remaining. It might even be easier with fewer fairly proficient players contending for scarce minutes. The worst impact of Josh leaving will be felt if Maze gets hurt or Goins doesn't come back full speed.

IMHO, UT Men's Basketball was about 3 rungs down. Pearl has done a great job re-energizing the program and has taken it to the next level (2). I don't know if this season is already shaping up to be a bust, but I do agree that Pear is reaching critical mass. That is, he has been here long enough to get his recruits and his system in place. It's now time to determine if he is the man to take us to level 1 or if he was just a useful stepping stone!

newtonrail writes:

in response to stratocaster54:

IMHO, UT Men's Basketball was about 3 rungs down. Pearl has done a great job re-energizing the program and has taken it to the next level (2). I don't know if this season is already shaping up to be a bust, but I do agree that Pear is reaching critical mass. That is, he has been here long enough to get his recruits and his system in place. It's now time to determine if he is the man to take us to level 1 or if he was just a useful stepping stone!

Let's see, what do you want? From a losing program, to four straight NCAA appearances. This should be his strongest team, and that's Sporting News, Coaches Poll, etc. have them ranked so high. Next year will be a serious problem because of losing Negedu and unless Tabb comes back they could have only eleven scholarship players. That's assuming he finds five to sign this fall or next spring. I don't know how they will stand on APR next year as far as having the full 13 schollys available.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to scknowsit:

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Yeah, the article is a little vague. I wish it had been specific about why he was suspended. If he let his grades slip because he was worried about his mom, that's understandable. He's from the southern Illinois area where I live and I watched him play a few times in high school. Let's just hope everything gets better soon with his mom, then all of us can worry about his future in basketball.

volmattna writes:

Good luck Josh! Take care of your Mom and come back next year.

Southland writes:

lets hope to move beyond the sweet 16 this year. The boys and girls team looked like drafts horses last year. Slow Slow and slow. Sorry about the kid and his trouble Lets hope he did get in some college credits that will help him get a job. The university needs to require the athletes to complete more classes than what they do. It is a disservice to them to spend 4 years at a university and not have two years of credits.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Southland:

lets hope to move beyond the sweet 16 this year. The boys and girls team looked like drafts horses last year. Slow Slow and slow. Sorry about the kid and his trouble Lets hope he did get in some college credits that will help him get a job. The university needs to require the athletes to complete more classes than what they do. It is a disservice to them to spend 4 years at a university and not have two years of credits.

That actually doesn't happen much anymore. The NCAA requires that athletes make "acceptable annual progress" toward a degree each year, with the objective that they graduate in four years. This is includes not only the number of hours an athlete must take and pass each year but also the requirement that the courses are actually part of legitimate degree requirements. This is all closely monitored and if too many athletes fail to meet the standard, the school can lose scholarships, and the rules ARE being enforced.

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