Former Tennessee basketball player Emmanuel Negedu said Indiana University doctors cleared him to return to play athletically, but the school's administration declined.
Negedu said he was disappointed with the news, but was not prepared to discuss his situation any further on Thursday.
The 6-foot-7 Negedu, who suffered a cardiac event on Sept. 28 and subsequently had an ICD implanted in his chest, still hopes to return to playing Division I college basketball.
A source close to the situation said a number of schools are still showing interest including New Mexico, UTEP, Nebraska, UNLV, Arizona and Memphis.
Negedu, 21, has a three years of eligibility remaining and would file a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play next season.
Tyler Returns: Former UT player Tyler Smith, who was suspended from the team this season after a Jan. 1 traffic stop, has returned to the United States earlier this week after playing out his first professional season in Turkey.
Smith averaged 18.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in the TBL.
"It's a very different game over there,'' Smith said. "Over here, they let you take that extra step, but over there you can't. Also, you can knock the ball out of the cylinder before it goes down.''
Smith said he will return to Nashville to work out at the D1 Academy while his agent looks at potential deals.
"If I can make it in the NBA, that's great, but I'm just happy to be able to do something I love,'' Smith said.
In addition to offers from the TBL, Smith has received interest from the professional league in Spain where former UT great Chris Lofton is playing.
Smith, like Lofton, followed the Vols' run in the NCAA tournament.
"I watched every game from the SEC tourney on after buying an online pass,'' Smith said. "Some nights I was up until 3 or 4.
"It was great watching the guys overcome everything and fight back and win all of those games.''
Smith said he's considering playing in the Pilot Rocky Top League, which will begin play at Bearden High School in just over a month.