Derek Dooley dismisses Darren Myles

Marlon Walls and Greg King indefinitely suspended

UT head football coach Derek Dooley answers questions during a press conference Friday evening at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center after several players on his team were involved in a violent bar brawl that sent an off-duty police officer to the hospital.

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UT head football coach Derek Dooley answers questions during a press conference Friday evening at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center after several players on his team were involved in a violent bar brawl that sent an off-duty police officer to the hospital.

Derek Dooley comments on Friday morning's violent bar brawl

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Derek Dooley didn't waste any time.

Facing the first major incident since taking over at Tennessee, the first-year coach didn't blink and quickly came to a decision about a handful of players involved in Friday morning's bar brawl.

Sophomore safety Darren Myles has been dismissed from the program after his second arrest in three months and sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Walls and sophomore linebacker Greg King were both suspended indefinitely by Dooley, who backed up his dedication to discipline with swift action less than 24 hours after two players were arrested outside Bar Knoxville on Cumberland Avenue.

"It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team," Dooley said in a statement released by UT. "The most important responsibility of that privilege is to properly represent this institution and our supporters on and off the field. I am disappointed and in many ways embarrassed by the poor judgment displayed on many fronts by several members of our football team last night.

"Although we are still gathering all the facts and some legal proceedings will follow, we have taken some initial levels of discipline resulting from my conversations with the student-athletes who were present. Darren Myles has been permanently dismissed from our football program. Marlon Walls and Greg King have been indefinitely suspended."

The roles of King and Walls in the incident aren't entirely clear at this point, but Myles was charged with resisting arrest, evading arrest and disorderly conduct by UTPD - the second time he's been picked up by police since the end of spring practice.

Myles was one of the stars of Dooley's first 15 practices with the Vols, often leading the secondary through drills and forming a dynamic tandem with safety Janzen Jackson at the back of the defense. But that combination has officially been broken up now.

"I am respectful of the process that follows with the local authorities and with our institutional guidelines and leadership," Dooley said. "As I have referenced on many occasions, a change in culture is achieved in time through a combination of education, discipline and support.

"We will aggressively continue to build on the many positive changes that have occurred over the last five months to ensure our program is represented with class and dignity."

The positive changes had been piling up over the last couple weeks, mostly on the recruiting trail. But the next step for Dooley will prominently feature some subtraction.

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rocky_topper writes:

That's a good one to be gone first! THUG!

Munsterlander writes:

Well done, Coach Dooley.

ncvol17 writes:

Quick, decisive action Dooley Bravo.. Now for the 2 bar owners - can UT boot them as boosters and deny them season tickets for life for consciencely putting UT in the NCAA radar for violations. Boot themfor life. You know they have tickets

KJVol writes:

It didn't take Dooley too long to sort through the more obvious punishments. Nice to have a coach who doesn't need to take months to "let the legal process play out" before making a decision.

rocky_topper writes:

Great statement too. Proud of Dooley.

wally writes:

very well said. so far, i really like how DD is handling this.

JTLGOTITANS writes:

What is going to happen to Darick Rogers?

rockytopatl writes:

I don't think King had even been mentioned in any of the prior reports, so that's a surprise, at least to me. You had to figure Miles was gone, considering his race across campus. No mention of Rogers in this story is also surprising.

This is awfully quick discipline by Dooley. I just hope he had all the facts before he acted.

GBO33 writes:

in response to ncvol17:

Quick, decisive action Dooley Bravo.. Now for the 2 bar owners - can UT boot them as boosters and deny them season tickets for life for consciencely putting UT in the NCAA radar for violations. Boot themfor life. You know they have tickets

agreed

jman33163 writes:

I am convinced CDD is the right man for this job and will handle this situation with due diligence!

Go Big Orange!!!!

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to ncvol17:

Quick, decisive action Dooley Bravo.. Now for the 2 bar owners - can UT boot them as boosters and deny them season tickets for life for consciencely putting UT in the NCAA radar for violations. Boot themfor life. You know they have tickets

The two bar owners will be lucky to still be in business by the time the season starts. I can't believe she actually said, "This was our first fight." BS!

rootin4volz writes:

Swift and laser-like. Good for you Coach Dooley. And Myles getting booted is a no-brainer!

Kasey writes:

Good for Coach Dooley. The bar owners have some questions to answer about why 19 years olds were in the bar in the first place. She claimed they were so strict about carding people.

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

I don't think King had even been mentioned in any of the prior reports, so that's a surprise, at least to me. You had to figure Miles was gone, considering his race across campus. No mention of Rogers in this story is also surprising.

This is awfully quick discipline by Dooley. I just hope he had all the facts before he acted.

I believe Dooley had enough info on Myles to make a decision. Not enough on Rogers right now to levy punishment.
For King and Walls, hell for all we know it could be a separate incident that is being handled internally.

ncvol17 writes:

Watch the schools line up for Myles now, sad but true. He'll go to the Big 10,etc for a '2nd chance'..Talent wins out over character in Major college football.

Doobz15 writes:

See ya Myles. What a waste of time and a scholarship he's been. I'll be looking for your picture at the post office. You can now go join your buddy Nukeese at a no name D2 school.

TennHillbilly writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

I don't think King had even been mentioned in any of the prior reports, so that's a surprise, at least to me. You had to figure Miles was gone, considering his race across campus. No mention of Rogers in this story is also surprising.

This is awfully quick discipline by Dooley. I just hope he had all the facts before he acted.

Quick discipline is usually best. That way what they did wrong is still fresh in their minds. Dooley had enough facts from the Police reports to know that Myles was fighting with and running from officers. Myles made CDD's decision about his position on the team easy.

KptVol writes:

DD coming to a quick decision with Myles sends a strong message. These kids are going to screw up, but there has to be boundaries. Pull a gun or punch a cop ...your done...gone..out-uh-here!

Hillbilly_Orange writes:

Quick & swift with more to come I'm sure....Good job Coach, keep up the good work!!

tdvol1989 writes:

It is refreshing to see CDD step forward pretty quickly and make some decisions. Some of the facts are clearly known and I think it is very important for him to be decisive before too much negative energy builds for lack of action.

I do think when there are so many involved that there can be different degrees of involvement, thus different levels of discipline justified. However, anyone involved in senselessly beating up someone really should be gone. It would be unfortunate for us to lose Rogers and Milton, but because they have not played a real game yet, I would be ok with them being dismissed IF they had any kind of significant involvement. The same goes for Brown.

But, based on Dooley's initial reaction, I think he has pretty much assured us all that he will be firm and back his commitment to run a clean program.

The only thing I question is what kind of orientation or character coaching the new guys receive when stepping on campus. Some of them have been here only a few weeks, so I have to wonder if they were given parameters day one. I know the coaches cannot follow them around, but I just want to make sure there is a formal "instruction" meeting when they set foot on campus.

ncvol17 writes:

Now Dooley, use your legal knowledge to sick the liquor license board on the bar for allowing under 21 to drink....

rockytopatl writes:

in response to Kasey:

Good for Coach Dooley. The bar owners have some questions to answer about why 19 years olds were in the bar in the first place. She claimed they were so strict about carding people.

It has been posted over and over today that this bar lets in 18 year olds. It also sells food, the posters have said.

NoEndToIt writes:

Decisive action following up a very stern warning. Great job, Dooley. Get this thug out of our town.

1volfanatic writes:

in response to ncvol17:

Watch the schools line up for Myles now, sad but true. He'll go to the Big 10,etc for a '2nd chance'..Talent wins out over character in Major college football.

Any major school with any since wouldn't even give this thug a second, or should I say a third, chance.

volatil writes:

I have a feeling Myles isn't the only player to feel the wrath of Dooley.

rocky_topper writes:

in response to memphis_vol_fan:

The two bar owners will be lucky to still be in business by the time the season starts. I can't believe she actually said, "This was our first fight." BS!

Those idiots might as well pack their bags and close their damn doors. VOL fans will boycott the pi** outta them!

bigorange61 writes:

in response to Kasey:

Good for Coach Dooley. The bar owners have some questions to answer about why 19 years olds were in the bar in the first place. She claimed they were so strict about carding people.

Bar Knoxville is for 18 year olds and up. Full food menu, huge dance floor, outdoor seating area, pool tables, etc. Located on the strip next to the campus. UT students are it's target audience.

Alcohol shouldn't be served to anyone under 21. However, let's be real.

ric1958 writes:

Everyone deserves a second chance....Myles just used his up, he is sports history. The others, if this is their first time in trouble, will be gone the next time they screw up. Good Job CDD !!!

maddawg writes:

in response to JTLGOTITANS:

What is going to happen to Darick Rogers?

Nothing will happen to Darick the Darrested, just like the armed robbing Janzen Jackson. The good players get a slap on the wrist.

GoUTVols3 writes:

TO ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMENTING AND DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT:

the bar is an 18 and up establishment, there has been no report that I have heard yet that confirms alcohol was involved. Is it niave to believe that underage college students, especially football players, have no access to alcohol...of course. Not my point. My point is there was nothing illegal about them being in the bar and no proof that alcohol was served to them. So for now, we have beaten that issue dead on here and on the radio. How many times to people have to say it..It's an 18 and up bar! Bad decisions brought about by bad judement and a bad situation but, for now, give it a rest on them being underage in the bar, I've probably heard that 25 to 30 times now today, It's allowed, and as long as it is, of course 18-21 yr old guys are going to go where 21+ yr old drunk girls are...anybody else on here remember college? Likely too many decades ago for most...

rocky_topper writes:

in response to maddawg:

Nothing will happen to Darick the Darrested, just like the armed robbing Janzen Jackson. The good players get a slap on the wrist.

STFU dumb###. Who cares what you think? Don't you have some stalls to shovel out or something?

Colliervol writes:

in response to ncvol17:

Quick, decisive action Dooley Bravo.. Now for the 2 bar owners - can UT boot them as boosters and deny them season tickets for life for consciencely putting UT in the NCAA radar for violations. Boot themfor life. You know they have tickets

Ditto. And I'm sure Bar Knoxville will be off limits for many years to come for Vol players. You just can't fix stupid.

Miles was a no-brainer. You knew that was coming. It's up to Dooley as to what he wants to do with the rest but I'm pleased with the quick action. If we have to field a team of walk-ons, I don't care. No tolerance for stupid or bad actors.

Note to my friend pl3. And you said that Memphis kids won't like Knoxville because of the "demographics". It would appear Walls and King would disagree. Considering the events of last night, Cumberland Ave looked just like the 10 o'clock news that I see down here every night and they are feeling right at home! Just kidding. If you can't laugh, you might cry. Some of these kids don't have the sense to get in out of the rain.

maddawg writes:

in response to rocky_topper:

Those idiots might as well pack their bags and close their damn doors. VOL fans will boycott the pi** outta them!

Isn't that funny, you vol fans now blame the bar for these guy's actions. hahahahahaha

silicon28 writes:

Way to go coach. As far as I'm concerned, you can lose every game this year... We're still headed in the right direction.

volover writes:

most programs will give myles another chance, heck of a player. just glad he will no longer be a Vol who is in the police blotter. Wish him the best of luck.

Maybe Dooley already knows the facts and this is all that will happen ;-), wishful thinking

maddawg writes:

in response to rocky_topper:

STFU dumb###. Who cares what you think? Don't you have some stalls to shovel out or something?

hahahahahahaha truth hurts huh?

Colliervol writes:

in response to GoUTVols3:

TO ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMENTING AND DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT:

the bar is an 18 and up establishment, there has been no report that I have heard yet that confirms alcohol was involved. Is it niave to believe that underage college students, especially football players, have no access to alcohol...of course. Not my point. My point is there was nothing illegal about them being in the bar and no proof that alcohol was served to them. So for now, we have beaten that issue dead on here and on the radio. How many times to people have to say it..It's an 18 and up bar! Bad decisions brought about by bad judement and a bad situation but, for now, give it a rest on them being underage in the bar, I've probably heard that 25 to 30 times now today, It's allowed, and as long as it is, of course 18-21 yr old guys are going to go where 21+ yr old drunk girls are...anybody else on here remember college? Likely too many decades ago for most...

Might be OK for regular college students in the future but I'm willing to bet that no football player will darken its door again any time soon unless they want to leave the team too.

rocky_topper writes:

in response to maddawg:

Isn't that funny, you vol fans now blame the bar for these guy's actions. hahahahahaha

Don't think you will see any vol fan blaming the bar for their actions.

What is funnier though is that you don't have a site from your own university to go to? Are they not important enough to make news? Do they not want you there? Oh, tell your Mom I said hey!

clvolfan writes:

in response to rootin4volz:

Swift and laser-like. Good for you Coach Dooley. And Myles getting booted is a no-brainer!

Agree'd, and a full day has not passed before the first thug is dismissed. Go gett'm CDD.

maddawg writes:

in response to rocky_topper:

Don't think you will see any vol fan blaming the bar for their actions.

What is funnier though is that you don't have a site from your own university to go to? Are they not important enough to make news? Do they not want you there? Oh, tell your Mom I said hey!

Whats the matter rockyflopper? You vol fans come on GA's blogs and run your mouths till you slobber but you don't like the tables turned huh? WAAAAAAAAA

rocky_topper writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Rich, don't shoot the messenger here. I don't know if it is for real or not, but on some other sites it is reported that Darick was trying to break up the fight, and charges have been dropped already; just no release statement on it yet. This could be true or not. At any rate, I think we will know once things play out. I don't think DD has jumped quickly making irrational decisions. I think he knows far more than we do to have already made the decisions he has made---or chosen what actions not to yet take.

GvlVol writes:

Where is our character coach? Did he just lose his bonus for 2010/11

fshnhol writes:

in response to maddawg:

Nothing will happen to Darick the Darrested, just like the armed robbing Janzen Jackson. The good players get a slap on the wrist.

I heard an interview on the internet with some radio station in Knoxville talking to the KPD, and the person from the radio station told the KPD that he had heard the Charges against Rogers had been dropped and the KPD said they werent at liberty to say at this time? Could it be possible?

Colliervol writes:

On a lighter note, if John Calipari had been our football coach, Myles would have been suspended for UT Martin only.

maddawg writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Thats funny richy boy, exactly how is UGA doing that?

rocky_topper writes:

in response to maddawg:

Whats the matter rockyflopper? You vol fans come on GA's blogs and run your mouths till you slobber but you don't like the tables turned huh? WAAAAAAAAA

Guilty as charged. I take comfort in knowing however that no matter what bumps our program might face and have to endure, it will never take us to the level of your bullpups who actually leads the SEC in arrests. ruff ruff

oskie_score writes:

I commend CDD, taking expedient and decisive action where he could while he awaits further details and facts on the others involved.

maddawg writes:

in response to rocky_topper:

Guilty as charged. I take comfort in knowing however that no matter what bumps our program might face and have to endure, it will never take us to the level of your bullpups who actually leads the SEC in arrests. ruff ruff

maybe we do maybe we don't, haven't seen the numbers but I'm sure riding a scooter without a license or failure to give a middle name type arrests pale in comparision to armed robbery and kicking a cop in the head until he is unconscious.

CCLC writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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well, i was hoping none of that would come up. Yes indeed pot/kettle here. Sorry bout the Dawg fan. Seriously.

CCLC writes:

in response to maddawg:

maybe we do maybe we don't, haven't seen the numbers but I'm sure riding a scooter without a license or failure to give a middle name type arrests pale in comparision to armed robbery and kicking a cop in the head until he is unconscious.

Please stop..this will not end well.

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