Derek Dooley had an eligibility issue cleared up for the second day in a row.
The latest update wasn't as positive for the Tennessee coach.
After announcing that Martaze Jackson would be an academic qualifier subject to review by the NCAA Eligibility Center on Tuesday, Dooley formally received word before UT's mock game at Neyland Stadium on Wednesday that safety Eddrick Loften has come up short of the mark and won't make it onto the roster this fall. Loften could still wind up with the Vols, but at this point his best opportunity would be as a mid-term enrollee - after the season.
"It was official today," Dooley said. "He's not a qualifier, but there's still a chance. He can do some things to become a qualifier, so he's in the limbo stage.
"Now, we're going to pass the deadline of coming in the fall, so the best-case for Eddrick is to get here mid-year."
That leaves the Vols one short of filling the two scholarships that were open to four signees with question marks academically heading into fall camp, with Jackson apparently the only player from a group also including defensive tackle John Brown and athlete Marcques Dixon that will make it into school.
The other issue on the table regarding talented freshman Justin Hunter has still not been resolved by the NCAA, a point of growing frustration for Dooley that UT is desperately trying to clear up before the Sept. 4 opener against UT Martin. Based on a Facebook update on Hunter’s page, he’s tired of the problem dragging out as well and wondered “when the NCAA (is going) to let him play.”
The answer is out of UT’s hands, but Dooley is leaving no stone unturned looking for it.
“I swear, I thought we’d know something three days ago,” Dooley said. “I’ve got Mike (Hamilton) involved, our athletics director. It’s just getting them to give us an answer.
“What they told us is they’ve got files of players, and they’re just going file by file. Wherever his name is, we’ve got no control over it.”