The Justin Hunter eligibility wait will continue into game week and Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is none too happy about it.
Dooley said Friday there has been no word from the NCAA Eligibility Center on the status of freshman receiver Justin Hunter. An online course Hunter took in 2009 is under review and must be cleared in order for him to play for the Vols.
The season-opener is Saturday at 6 p.m. against UT Martin.
“It’s as big a source of frustration as anything I’ve ever been through,’’ Dooley said Friday. “It’s a helpless feeling.
“They wont tell us anything. They just say it’s in a file and they’re getting into it in the order they’re looking at things.’’
Dooley’s irritation showed through on the day UT finished fall camp and headed into an open weekend before starting game week on Monday.
“I’m sure they (the Eligibility Center) are not burning the midnight oil to get it done, either,’’ he said.
“That’s my guess. That’s not an attack.
“It’s Friday at 5. It’s Happy Hour so there is probably no file-reviewing going on right now in Overland Park (Kansas).’’