Dooley: Martaze Jackson a qualifier, but he's not yet official

Tennessee’s depleted scholarship numbers could be going up by at least one this fall.

After missing out on his first two eligibility issues of fall camp, Derek Dooley might finally have received some news that could help provide some depth for the Vols.

Martaze Jackson isn’t officially in the fold yet for UT, but by the academic numbers the linebacker is considered a qualifier and will be able to enroll in school before the Friday deadline for players hoping to play this season. His status will still be up for review by the NCAA Clearinghouse — a process currently keeping receiver Justin Hunter off the field — but the verdict Dooley announced after practice Tuesday was a positive step for a player considered for much of camp to be a longshot to get into school.

“Well, Martaze Jackson is qualified, which is good — and it just happened,” Dooley said. “He’s still got to get cleared and it’s not official.

“It’s now Clearninghouse, NCAA — his grades came in and now he’s a qualifier by the numbers. He was able to take some extra courses to get qualified, and so we’re getting him here and getting him enrolled because Friday is the last day we can enroll in school. We’re fortunate to get him here.”

Whether or not the Vols can add to that fortune with freshman Eddrick Loften or get Hunter back in action still remains to be seen, though UT is expecting an answer on both at some point this week.

Details as they become available online at GoVolsXtra.com on Twitter at @Vols_Beat and in Wednesday’s News Sentinel.

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nocleats writes:

Good Deal.. MaxPreps thinks very highly of him. Now we need Hunter to get over the hurdle (no pun intended}

RespectTradition writes:

The Clearinghouse is a bunch of bull. Unless the NCAA has a reason to suspect cheating, then the integrity of the player and university should not be called into question. They should not treat everyone as if they are all cheaters. Just another thing about the hypocrites at the NCAA that I dislike.

Go Vols!

easleychuck writes:

in response to RespectTradition:

The Clearinghouse is a bunch of bull. Unless the NCAA has a reason to suspect cheating, then the integrity of the player and university should not be called into question. They should not treat everyone as if they are all cheaters. Just another thing about the hypocrites at the NCAA that I dislike.

Go Vols!

Couldn't agree more.

gormanvol writes:

loften is still in texas ... so i don't see him making the friday deadline. so far john brown, dave clark, marcques dixon, and now loften are the players that didn't make the cut, anyone hear of any others. Kiffin i don't think ever looked or checked grades to see if these * players he recruited could even get in. I am glad he has gone he would have ruined Tennessee football had he stayed any longer. dooley might not recruit the best ...but at least he seems to get kids that can qualify to play.

CHITOWNVOL writes:

in response to gormanvol:

loften is still in texas ... so i don't see him making the friday deadline. so far john brown, dave clark, marcques dixon, and now loften are the players that didn't make the cut, anyone hear of any others. Kiffin i don't think ever looked or checked grades to see if these * players he recruited could even get in. I am glad he has gone he would have ruined Tennessee football had he stayed any longer. dooley might not recruit the best ...but at least he seems to get kids that can qualify to play.

u missed Doak Raulston(QB)from LaTech and DeMario Williams (WR) from MTSU. those were the 2 transfers that didn't clear. Also, Brent Slusher (TE) transfer from Auburn is STILL WAITING ON ELIGIBILITY. Probably not good news if we haven't heard on him yet. Hopefully Hunter and Loften clear. We need them stat. Go Vols!

tn_rockytop writes:

in response to gormanvol:

loften is still in texas ... so i don't see him making the friday deadline. so far john brown, dave clark, marcques dixon, and now loften are the players that didn't make the cut, anyone hear of any others. Kiffin i don't think ever looked or checked grades to see if these * players he recruited could even get in. I am glad he has gone he would have ruined Tennessee football had he stayed any longer. dooley might not recruit the best ...but at least he seems to get kids that can qualify to play.

couldnt agree more look at all the kiffin recruits that didnt qualify or are kicked off the team or left the team then look at the players that left cause they didnt like him we are in a pickle write know all because him, i think dooley will fix it and i still think we will better than people would think i saw least 6-6 maybe better with a couple or few upsets:::::::]bleed orange babby will die for the orange

andy112382#209793 writes:

in response to RichieRich:

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Yeah I saw that guy and Zach West, another OL, are both announcing tommorow: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...

Both have us in their final 3....could/would be huge to get at least one of those guys and then get Jackson and Hunter in there this week.

mercyseat writes:

just curious...... does anyone know what happened to Dave Hooker? Has he been fired?, or quit? missing? anything?......

TennVol01 writes:

in response to mercyseat:

just curious...... does anyone know what happened to Dave Hooker? Has he been fired?, or quit? missing? anything?......

That will never happen. He is probably on vacation resting up before the season starts.

516milesfromUT writes:

in response to RichieRich:

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I am from PA,so remember this....If JoPa comes Knocking, he probaly just forgot where he lives cuz hes so darn old, that he thinks it's his house!!!

USNVOL writes:

in response to mercyseat:

just curious...... does anyone know what happened to Dave Hooker? Has he been fired?, or quit? missing? anything?......

Someone told me he is now living in Southern California????????????????????????????????
Working in the sports department of a newspaper close to USC...?
He's gone and thats the great news!

UTByrd writes:

in response to mercyseat:

just curious...... does anyone know what happened to Dave Hooker? Has he been fired?, or quit? missing? anything?......

Dave is no longer with KNS. He left to pursue other interests.
Go VOLS!!!!!

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to RespectTradition:

The Clearinghouse is a bunch of bull. Unless the NCAA has a reason to suspect cheating, then the integrity of the player and university should not be called into question. They should not treat everyone as if they are all cheaters. Just another thing about the hypocrites at the NCAA that I dislike.

Go Vols!

You are correct and if they gave a rat's assets about the actual players, they would have deadlines of contestability or resolution themselves. I know Hunter is a little banged up anyway, but it seems a shame to make players sit out while the NCAA works on their decision. If they do get cleared, all that happened is they (the student athlete) are left behind the pack as far as missing practice time.

I agree with the NCAA trying to keep programs on the up and up, but they should not be able to jerk players and programs around.

For what it is worth, everyone knows that Calipari is/was a cheater, but it did reek for the NCAA to clear a guy to play and then come back 2 years later and zap the program for playing an ineligible player.

TommyJack writes:

in response to mercyseat:

just curious...... does anyone know what happened to Dave Hooker? Has he been fired?, or quit? missing? anything?......

He's playing the tuba in a brothel.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Good to hear...Now, let's get Eddrick Loften qualified!!!

apisonvolfan writes:

I'll miss Dave Hooker's optimism

Fulton_Vol writes:

The NCAA Clearinghouse isn't the problem. Most of the problems rest solely of the shoulders of the parents, teachers, coaches and primarily the athletes. Many of these kids just didn't apply themselves in their first maybe even second year of high school, some were passed simply because they were good athletes and some had parents who weren't able to contribute to their educational success. At the end of the sophomore year a few colleges send letters or maybe they go to a camp or two then suddenly they realize they need decent grades.

The problem is you cannot build a house without a solid foundation. They struggle in the remaining classes because they don't know the basics. Some kids have learning disabilities, like dyslexia, but the problem is so mild that it's not picked up so they struggle against that. Maybe home is a nightmare, you see there are lot of reasons why a student may not succeed in school and yes being lazy is a reason too. There are kids, coaches, and schools that cut corners, just look at Memphis and USC, so the NCAA does look closely. They look for red flags on the transcripts as well, like Johnny was making D's and C's the first two years then suddenly is making the honor rolls or Monique has taken the ACT 5 times and on the last try her score jumps 5 or 10 points to qualify. Right now it appears that the NCAA is very concerned about athletes who have taken online classes so they are inspecting them very closely. The issue still could be avoided if the whole package, grades and test scores, weren't so low to begin with but it's hard to tell a 14 year old freshman that and them really hear you.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to TommyJack:

He's playing the tuba in a brothel.

bwahahaha! The Red Headed Tuba Player takes a bow.

VolunTenMile writes:

The late, great Dave Hooker has been on 100.3 FM lately, doing a sports talk show with ex-Vol Terry Fair. Don't know what else the Hookster might be up to since leaving KNS.

VolGrad writes:

in response to mercyseat:

just curious...... does anyone know what happened to Dave Hooker? Has he been fired?, or quit? missing? anything?......

He did a report on Matt Simms in an interview with Erin Andrews on tonight's College Football Live broadcast.

CoverOrange writes:

Nobody said the NCAA suspects cheating by anybody. It could simply be that some athletes took classes that weren't up to the standards for the core classes. I read an article the other day that described how 30% of students that graduated HS with a 3.0 or higher GPA required remedial classes in college because their HS didn't prepare them! Didn't make sure students were taking/passing the right courses, that their courses met the requirements in english, math, science. Our taxes are paying for the general dumbing down of America, generation by generation. (dismount soap box, exit stage left)

holen1 writes:

in response to VolunTenMile:

The late, great Dave Hooker has been on 100.3 FM lately, doing a sports talk show with ex-Vol Terry Fair. Don't know what else the Hookster might be up to since leaving KNS.

yea that's his new gig. on the air everday @ 3:00

Digital5000 writes:

in response to RichieRich:

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Sorry dude, but most of these dudes are Kiffin's kids. Jackson, Loften, J. Brown, Dixon all didn't make it and all brought in by Kiff.

On that note; who care who brought them in. They signed up to be Vols and it sticks they couldn't get in. The ones that did make it, I don't care where you came from. Welcome aboard.

Enjoy Yourselves

rockytopatl writes:

in response to mercyseat:

just curious...... does anyone know what happened to Dave Hooker? Has he been fired?, or quit? missing? anything?......

Austin Ward said today during the football chat that Hooker no longer works at the paper. He said something nebulous like he was "pursuing other opportunities." He said he was still doing the local radio show he does that I have never heard.

Sovol writes:

in response to RespectTradition:

The Clearinghouse is a bunch of bull. Unless the NCAA has a reason to suspect cheating, then the integrity of the player and university should not be called into question. They should not treat everyone as if they are all cheaters. Just another thing about the hypocrites at the NCAA that I dislike.

Go Vols!

Well them old guys have to have something to do to justify their salary.

gormanvol writes:

in response to RichieRich:

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wrong dave clark is the only true dooley recruit out of these four the rest where recruited by kiffin's staff and already committed they just stayed on with dooley. though dooley was coach when loften made his visit last year right before signing day... but non the less most are kiffin's picks this year will be dooley first true recruiting class and they all seem like class acts.

gormanvol writes:

in response to andy112382#209793:

Yeah I saw that guy and Zach West, another OL, are both announcing tommorow: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...

Both have us in their final 3....could/would be huge to get at least one of those guys and then get Jackson and Hunter in there this week.

hope west commits to us ... that will be our 4th OL commit. and maybe antonio richardson in a few weeks... all are OT though and one center not one guard yet.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to VolunTenMile:

The late, great Dave Hooker has been on 100.3 FM lately, doing a sports talk show with ex-Vol Terry Fair. Don't know what else the Hookster might be up to since leaving KNS.

Hooker's probably wearing his "I Love Kiffin" t-shirt and Southern Cal hat while doing his talk show. I'm surprised Fast Lane couldn't find a job for Hooker out on the Left Coast.

OwensboroVol writes:

If Hunter gets his approval before the first game it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. I understand that he had a nagging leg injury that wasn't bad enough to keep from practicing but was slowing him down. If he used his time to good use and learned his play book having him 100% may be a blessing. From what I have heard he could really scream at 85%, imagine what he will be at 100%.

Lizardgrad89 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Nobody said the NCAA suspects cheating by anybody. It could simply be that some athletes took classes that weren't up to the standards for the core classes. I read an article the other day that described how 30% of students that graduated HS with a 3.0 or higher GPA required remedial classes in college because their HS didn't prepare them! Didn't make sure students were taking/passing the right courses, that their courses met the requirements in english, math, science. Our taxes are paying for the general dumbing down of America, generation by generation. (dismount soap box, exit stage left)

I'm not disagreeing with you. You have a point.

However, it amazes me that the educational system is "failing", yet at the same time we have kids with 4 year college degrees flipping burgers because there aren't enough jobs out there for all the college educated kids. It's not just the current economy either, this problem has been going on for a long time.

I just don't understand how our kids can be overeducated and undereducated at the same time.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to gormanvol:

hope west commits to us ... that will be our 4th OL commit. and maybe antonio richardson in a few weeks... all are OT though and one center not one guard yet.

In HS ball, the tackles are usually the quickest O-linemen and the centers are the smartest. The ones who are, uh, slower in either sense are put at guard. I would just as soon we never recruit a HS guard, since the same winnowing-out process occurs in college ball.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Lizardgrad89:

I'm not disagreeing with you. You have a point.

However, it amazes me that the educational system is "failing", yet at the same time we have kids with 4 year college degrees flipping burgers because there aren't enough jobs out there for all the college educated kids. It's not just the current economy either, this problem has been going on for a long time.

I just don't understand how our kids can be overeducated and undereducated at the same time.

Many aspects to this problem. I fully believe that a current B.S. is probably equivalent to a high school diploma from 40-50 yrs ago in regards to emphasis of basic skills (language, history, mathmatics).
It also has to do with the myth that everyone "deserves" to go to college. It's that kind of socialist mentality that has caused an overload of unskilled college graduates.

volvann writes:

in response to RespectTradition:

The Clearinghouse is a bunch of bull. Unless the NCAA has a reason to suspect cheating, then the integrity of the player and university should not be called into question. They should not treat everyone as if they are all cheaters. Just another thing about the hypocrites at the NCAA that I dislike.

Go Vols!

Amen brother.. I used to work with a lady in
SC whose son played for baseball for Clemson. She stated that if she took her own son out to dinner that was a violation of alumni rules and Clemson could be investigated. Ambiguity rules in the NCAA rule book...

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Dang forgot about him.

volfaninutah writes:

You can't blame these kids not qualifying on anyone but themselves. Geez, to get courted by universities in high school and know people are interested in you, and still not put forth the effort to get your grades where they need to be is their own fault. A little discipline goes a long way.

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