Derek Dooley comments on Friday morning's violent bar brawl
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.