Eddrick Loften won't be eligible to play in 2010

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.”

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Volsfan94 writes:

dang that sucks. first

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Hits keep on coming.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

bad news on 2 fronts today, with the prospects that didn't choose the Vols.

jjsteel writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

bad news on 2 fronts today, with the prospects that didn't choose the Vols.

We need a good drummer

PrimeTime writes:

Who were the prospects? I'm so tired of the flipping NCAA. How can Hunter not be cleared yet. How come it took them so long to look into it? He was already in school, and practicing with the team!! Come on NCAA get your heads out of your @$$$$$$$$$$$e$$$$$$!!!!!!!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to PrimeTime:

Who were the prospects? I'm so tired of the flipping NCAA. How can Hunter not be cleared yet. How come it took them so long to look into it? He was already in school, and practicing with the team!! Come on NCAA get your heads out of your @$$$$$$$$$$$e$$$$$$!!!!!!!

P T

You are right, it sure is frustrating. Today, on the Sports Animal..........Brent Hubbs was asked the same question. He said all this should have been done in July, taking the necessary tests. Also, he said the NCAA does not play favorites and they take the reviews in order. In other words, if Hunter was # 48 on their list of reviews, they wouldn't skip around and take him earlier than some others.

Still agree there should be a better way of doing it. Didn't we have something like this last year with another player? Was it football or basketball, I don't recall which.

Bigger_Al writes:

Let's just hope for some good news soon on Justin Hunter. I've never seen him, but the way people gawk about his pass catching abilities, makes me picture Larry Fitzgerald as a Freshman at Pitt. Larry caught everything.

UTByrd writes:

It's amazing to me the NCAA and it's millions seem to be understaffed.
If that is the case, they need to "triage" the cases. Back seat those involving injured players, definite redshirts, etc. How long should it take to evaluate the ONE class Mr. Hunter took online. The class either counts or it doesn't.
It's as if the NCAA is punishing Coach Dooley for his predecessor's sins. Can't blame them for going after the aforementioned predecessor, but why do this to CDD. He has THE toughest schedule for a first year coach with 71 scholarship players. 70?
Let's all use this as a reason us to support whole heartedly, coach to the utmost, and play with the passion of a true UT Volunteer.
Go VOLS!!!!!

wildmed writes:

Could the clods at the NCAA suck more if they tried?

VolGrad writes:

in response to wildmed:

Could the clods at the NCAA suck more if they tried?

Yes.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

I guess the NCAA can't review Hunter's files right now because they are all in New Mexico with Reaves trying to dig up skeletons from the Kiffin era.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to PrimeTime:

Who were the prospects? I'm so tired of the flipping NCAA. How can Hunter not be cleared yet. How come it took them so long to look into it? He was already in school, and practicing with the team!! Come on NCAA get your heads out of your @$$$$$$$$$$$e$$$$$$!!!!!!!

Don't blame anyone except the kids.They are the ones that dragged their feet in High School and now they are paying the price.Scholarships should be for those that deservre them.Drag your feet,lose your seat.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

good gravy! What is the average IQ of a football player? If you don't have 5 stars you should at least be smart enough to qualify!

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Don't blame anyone except the kids.They are the ones that dragged their feet in High School and now they are paying the price.Scholarships should be for those that deservre them.Drag your feet,lose your seat.

Yep, and incidents like this justify Dooley's emphasis on character as a criteria for getting a scholly offer from UT. A kid that takes care of these details on his own and doesn't assume the school will do the work to get him eligible is the kind of kid more likely to take ownership of the team's performance.

iowavol writes:

in response to cdldoc#211897:

good gravy! What is the average IQ of a football player? If you don't have 5 stars you should at least be smart enough to qualify!

doc, don't know the answer to your question per se, but I'd bet the average IQ of a football player is higher than the average IQ of the folks that comment on this site. I'd also suggest the issue isn't so much with the kid's IQ as it is with the program/HS they are coming from. A lot of these kids are disadvantaged and need to rely on school counselors or their coach to make sure they get done what they need to get done including studying or preparing for exams. IMO.

Mule_Days_King writes:

Anyone heard any news about Hunter yet?

duke.moses#299699 writes:

Let me get this right. We can fly drones from Florida to drop bombs & spy on people in Iraq but we can't a grade from the NCAA in 3 months? HMMMM
Has to be Fulmer's fault!
GBO

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to VOLstuckINky:

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Where did you hear that? Are you sure?

Psychovol writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Don't blame anyone except the kids.They are the ones that dragged their feet in High School and now they are paying the price.Scholarships should be for those that deservre them.Drag your feet,lose your seat.

Is bowling even a sport?

OwensboroVol writes:

The situation on Hunter is totally unacceptable. The NCAA needs to hire more people or cut down on the paperwork required, but a kid shouldn't have to wait for an answer this long. The NCAA is going to find itself no longer associated with College Football if this kind of phooey continues. I remember when they had a rule that a College Team could only be on television 1 time every 2 years. It took the establishment of the College Football Association to get that changed. Maybe the time has come to take the NCAA out of College Football all the way.

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