There were no smoke signals over the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex.
Apparently the future of Bryce Brown still hasn't been decided.
Tennessee officials were tight-lipped about a meeting that was reportedly planned for Monday between the former No. 1 recruit in the country and coach Derek Dooley, and no announcement about whether Brown has asked for his release or the chance to return to the Vols has been made. According to one source with knowledge of the situation, the two had not met by early Monday evening, likely pushing the drama back yet another day.
Brown has been in town since late last week, and after missing him on the way out of town for SEC Media Days, Dooley indicated that he would sit down with the running back at some point before he went back home to Kansas. As he has done repeatedly since Brown abruptly left the team before spring practice, Dooley also made clear he has no expectation the sophomore will attempt to come back to UT.
"I feel the same way I felt since the day he left, that he's not a part of our team," Dooley said Friday. "The only reason this is dragging is he hasn't ever told me he wanted a release to a certain school, and he's never told me he wants to come back.
"At some point he's going to have to ask for a release, which I expect will be soon."
A request for a release to go closer to home and play at Kansas State has long been the assumed outcome for Brown. But the wait for official word from inside the offices at UT will go on for another day.