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The lines of communication have been open.
But the door to a return for Bryce Brown would appear to be closed.
The former No. 1 running back recruit in the country has had some contact with Tennessee coach Derek Dooley since Brown decided to leave the program before spring practice started in March. The conversations clearly don't seem to be leading Brown back to the Vols, though.
"No, I don't think that (there's a chance Brown will return), but there's been a lot more dialogue," Dooley said Monday. "I love Bryce, I mean, I'm for Bryce. I don't not like somebody because they don't want to be here.
"You want every young man to get in the right fit to where he blossoms and grows up and matures. Do I think our program would be better suited for both (Brown and Aaron Douglas)? Absolutely, and I've told them that. I feel like they're leaving something that they don't know anything about, and I wish both of them would stay in our program a year and then if they don't like it, we can shake hands."