Failed payments on vehicle is tied to Evans' indefinite suspension

MEMPHIS - The absence of Art Evans will extend into the weekend.

The Tennessee junior cornerback, who's missed a pair of practices over the last two weeks, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton confirmed the suspension on Friday, which will keep Evans out of Saturday's game against Memphis (TV: CBS College Sports, 8 p.m.).

A source in the UT football program said the suspension is tied to a vehicle purchased by Evans in the spring that he hasn't been making payments on.

According to sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, UT doesn't believe the situation threatens Evans' eligibility and if payments are made on the car he would be allowed to return to the team. The sources also indicated there were no plans for the Vols to self-report any sort of violation for improper benefits to Evans and that the issue isn't thought to be tied to dealings with an agent.

Evans started six games for the Vols this season before missing a Wednesday practice before last week's trip to South Carolina for undisclosed personal reasons, though he still played in the loss despite Prentiss Waggner sliding over from safety to take his place at cornerback and playing well in his spot. The Lakeland, Fla., native again missed a workout on Thursday for personal reasons, but unlike a week ago, Evans won't be on the road with the team against the Tigers as the Vols try to snap a four-game losing streak.

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orangeman1 writes:

The old violating team rules huh? I guess whatever he did must have been worse than Smith punching and kicking a guy in a bar because he didnt get suspended.

Volunatic writes:

Dreadlocks + "violation of team rules" = didn't I post this equation on a different article today?

VOLinCO writes:

Anyone know the story here?

GO VOLS!!!
2010 State Champs!!! (hopefully)

Volunatic writes:

in response to Volunatic:

Dreadlocks + "violation of team rules" = didn't I post this equation on a different article today?

I hope that the "car payments" situation quoted by the "source" is correct. Kind of a weird reason for suspending a player, IMO.

jobrando#216494 writes:

BYE BYE

Major_Magilicutty writes:

Seems odd that we would suspend a player for their personal finances. On the other hand, I can't imagine that anyone would pay to have Evans playing corner for their team. No offense to the guy, but he doesn't exactly command a lot of respect.

mercyseat writes:

Yeah well... he has'nt been making payments on alot of his commitments lately. He wll not be missed!Dont cast the first stone, you all know it's the truth!

TommyJack writes:

OK, he's suspended. No reason to ridicule the kid.

wyomingvol writes:

in response to Major_Magilicutty:

Seems odd that we would suspend a player for their personal finances. On the other hand, I can't imagine that anyone would pay to have Evans playing corner for their team. No offense to the guy, but he doesn't exactly command a lot of respect.

This guy is an awful corner, usually scene back to the QB while trying(futilely) to catch up to a guy on the fly pattern.....

CoverOrange writes:

Have to wonder how a dealership (or bank) made a loan to somebody without a source of income or a co-signer.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to TommyJack:

OK, he's suspended. No reason to ridicule the kid.

Only way for some to provide excitement to their dreary lives.

Smokey_Told_Me writes:

I agree with CDD's decision. Probably just a matter of time before he gets a judgement against him and is served with papers. Too bad. Good luck, Art.

...Smokey knows where the bones are buried.

Major_Magilicutty writes:

I don't really get why he should be suspended. Is it a team rule to make timely car payments?

GerryOP writes:

C'mon guys and gals, give the kid a break ... he's a Vol.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to Major_Magilicutty:

Seems odd that we would suspend a player for their personal finances. On the other hand, I can't imagine that anyone would pay to have Evans playing corner for their team. No offense to the guy, but he doesn't exactly command a lot of respect.

It doesn't say anywhere in the article that the car isn't being paid for, only that HE is not making payments on it. A third party, perhaps? Because I agree with you, personal finances is a wierd reason for being suspended... can't help but think there's more to it.

mercyseat writes:

what do you guys think about Cam Newton? Should he be suspended until this "PAY OFF" investigation is completed by the NCAA, or kicked off the team? If the schools will not punish these students (especially the criminal charges) then I think once the news hits the papers of an arrest(regardless of the circumstances)the NCAA should immediately expel that student. Taking it out of the schools hand of discipline might get these recruits and players attention. Also the NFL should be banned from recruiting ANYONE who has been arrested without consideration of the circumstances also.

GerryOP writes:

in response to mercyseat:

what do you guys think about Cam Newton? Should he be suspended until this "PAY OFF" investigation is completed by the NCAA, or kicked off the team? If the schools will not punish these students (especially the criminal charges) then I think once the news hits the papers of an arrest(regardless of the circumstances)the NCAA should immediately expel that student. Taking it out of the schools hand of discipline might get these recruits and players attention. Also the NFL should be banned from recruiting ANYONE who has been arrested without consideration of the circumstances also.

Here's the Newton thread:

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2010/n...

Colliervol writes:

Not really a big deal. Can't imagine that the second stringer is that much worse than Evans. He can't cover me and, as noted before, I'm white, 50 and slower than I used to be.

VolAlum2003 (Inactive) writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

It doesn't say anywhere in the article that the car isn't being paid for, only that HE is not making payments on it. A third party, perhaps? Because I agree with you, personal finances is a wierd reason for being suspended... can't help but think there's more to it.

Bingo!

GOPROKID (Inactive) writes:

We were told 2-3 years to be back competing for the east.. but based on the direction we are headed talent wise??? No disrespect to either of the current QB's we have.. I don't see a leader.
Next topic: If our hoopers go out and lay an egg, or they gas Pearl.. I'm gonna pull for Kentucky. They will be in the top 3 in basketball year in and out, and you can always get a cheap football ticket.
Peace out.

DancingOutlaw writes:

"MEMPHIS - The absence of Art Evans will extend into the weekend."

I think the absence started in the first quarter of the alabama game.

jparham#484088 writes:

I suspect that the reason he is being required to catch up on the payments is to ensure that this isn't some kind of improper benefit being given to an athlete that would get the NCAA sniffing around again.

IBleedOrange71 writes:

How many of us have never missed a payment? It is life and it happens. However, I believe Dooley is adjusting the team rules to help them understand the responsibilities in real life. It is a good lesson and better to learn it now than when you are married with children and they suffer. I like what they are doing for our student athletes and believe this is part of the new culture that the coaches promised. Now for the VolnotHAMILTONfan, I don't believe your facts are correct and I for one hope not, but if so, you my friend might be responsible for another can to opened up by the NCAA. I know the final decision for finance companies, banks, etc...are made by a person who can grant or deny the loan without violating their rules and they do it on a case by case basis regardless of who the applicant is. So don't muckrake the Vols for knowing were the best place is to get a Auto Loan.

orangeJACKET writes:

actually it's an incedent involving a car provided by that whiteside fella who owns that club on mlk blvd. he's been a leach on these young men and big fat phil tollerated it and i suppose kiffin did as well. cdd is trying to weed out all of this scums connections to the team. at least that's what i've heard.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to Major_Magilicutty:

Seems odd that we would suspend a player for their personal finances. On the other hand, I can't imagine that anyone would pay to have Evans playing corner for their team. No offense to the guy, but he doesn't exactly command a lot of respect.

Kinda what I was thinking. Sucker punching one in the back of the head and stomping him while he is down doesn't count as violation of team rules. Uh, ok. Let us not forget that J. Smith was held out of his final HS game for beating up a kid. See a pattern? I see 2 patterns. 1)J. Smith likes beating on people smaller than him, 2) Dooley is TOTALLY inconsistent with his discipline. About as inconsistent as Fulmer was. I'm suspecting our D gets BETTER without Evans.

abnermc writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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"..some bank or some finance company making a bad decision" ? Maybe HE made a bad decision? Not making payments on a loan is no different than shop lifting. Taking something w/o paying for it. He owes the money!!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to orangeJACKET:

actually it's an incedent involving a car provided by that whiteside fella who owns that club on mlk blvd. he's been a leach on these young men and big fat phil tollerated it and i suppose kiffin did as well. cdd is trying to weed out all of this scums connections to the team. at least that's what i've heard.

The Whiteside fella facing a murder charge? The one with ties to MULTIPLE NFL agents? Yeah I know who you are talking about. And YES, Phil let the sh#t slide.

DooleysOrangePants writes:

in response to GOPROKID:

We were told 2-3 years to be back competing for the east.. but based on the direction we are headed talent wise??? No disrespect to either of the current QB's we have.. I don't see a leader.
Next topic: If our hoopers go out and lay an egg, or they gas Pearl.. I'm gonna pull for Kentucky. They will be in the top 3 in basketball year in and out, and you can always get a cheap football ticket.
Peace out.

bye

Ironcity writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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The car payments apparently have been made but not by Evans. This is an elegiabilty issue plain and simple. Once Dooley found out there may be an issue, he has to address it otherwise it becomes a NCAA violation. As long as Evans can address this, then it will be all OK (after a couple game suspension by NCAA).

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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I can't disagree with this. The best example is Julio Jones and his $60,000 E$calade. Or the Julio Jones/ Mark Ingram deep $ea fi$hing trip$

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Thing is, Art Evans isn't going pro...

DooleysOrangePants writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Kinda what I was thinking. Sucker punching one in the back of the head and stomping him while he is down doesn't count as violation of team rules. Uh, ok. Let us not forget that J. Smith was held out of his final HS game for beating up a kid. See a pattern? I see 2 patterns. 1)J. Smith likes beating on people smaller than him, 2) Dooley is TOTALLY inconsistent with his discipline. About as inconsistent as Fulmer was. I'm suspecting our D gets BETTER without Evans.

we (fans) dont have all of the inside information or facts that the coach(es) have. we also dont know how the coach(es) handled smith once they found out. all we know is what is reported by newspapers and in the police reports.

if you read the original article the police didnt even have the "victims" name correct. so if the police cant even get the kids name right what else did they miss in thier investigation?

also, the kid wasnt gonna press charges until his mommy made him.

i was a dumba** fist fight. thats the problem now a days no one can take an a** whoopin anymore.

was it wrong? yes. should he be thrown off the team? no

my .02

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

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DooleysOrangePants writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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please reveal youre true identity. we might want some autographs.

DooleysOrangePants writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

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dont let that chick get to ya man. all that clown does is get on here and try to rile folks up. you probably just made her day. have a good one. GBO!

gluesniffer writes:

in response to GOPROKID:

We were told 2-3 years to be back competing for the east.. but based on the direction we are headed talent wise??? No disrespect to either of the current QB's we have.. I don't see a leader.
Next topic: If our hoopers go out and lay an egg, or they gas Pearl.. I'm gonna pull for Kentucky. They will be in the top 3 in basketball year in and out, and you can always get a cheap football ticket.
Peace out.

BYE.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to DooleysOrangePants:

we (fans) dont have all of the inside information or facts that the coach(es) have. we also dont know how the coach(es) handled smith once they found out. all we know is what is reported by newspapers and in the police reports.

if you read the original article the police didnt even have the "victims" name correct. so if the police cant even get the kids name right what else did they miss in thier investigation?

also, the kid wasnt gonna press charges until his mommy made him.

i was a dumba** fist fight. thats the problem now a days no one can take an a** whoopin anymore.

was it wrong? yes. should he be thrown off the team? no

my .02

Did I say he should have been thrown off the team? NOOOOOOOO! I just see a pattern with his actions, this is twice in 2 yrs he has whooped someone half his size. I also see a pattern with Dooley and his disciplinary actions.

Right about now you sound REALLY smart. No-one can take an azz whoopin huh? Sounds like this oh boy did, and it was at the hands of a UT player. Unless you know more than most on this thread, that's about all you can say happened. When you are a football player, you can't do these things in public. As smart as you are, I can't understand why I have to explain this to you.

IBleedOrange71 writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Actually, your wrong. The banks are allowed to have a percentage over the LTV for profit. If you don't do your homework and know what the car is worth, then you get into an upside down loan. Unless the bank is also the dealership, the bank gets upside down as well if the payee doesn't make the payments and the car is repossessed.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to IBleedOrange71:

Actually, your wrong. The banks are allowed to have a percentage over the LTV for profit. If you don't do your homework and know what the car is worth, then you get into an upside down loan. Unless the bank is also the dealership, the bank gets upside down as well if the payee doesn't make the payments and the car is repossessed.

LMAO!!!!!! Surely VolNotHamiltonChick couldn't be wrong. I'm betting by the time I post this he will have posted something about you being inbred, your kids, your entire family. He will do that on here, that's about as far as he will take it.

IBleedOrange71 writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Look Gomer, you correct people when you believe they are wrong...can't you handle the same thing?
I'm just keeping it simple for you. Oh...by the way, a bunch of these fans wanted me to ask you if your mother had any kids that lived?

kinglberry#293114 writes:

Ok, To my understanding, a student can use his Pell grant money in any way he/she wants. If he chooses to buy a car with it, thats fine. It is an income that is easily confirmed by any financial company with a simple phone call. So no conspiracy there. Have none of you ever tried to sell a car you have still under loan. Until the final year, you are always upside down on it and if you are the bank is. No bank makes money on a defaulted car loan.

The problem is real simple, if he has a car and is not making the payments that can be seen as an extra benefit since it would have usually been repossessed. Hence, he has to get caught up on payments. And if anyone else is making payments outside of his family, then it is a clear violation and he should be booted period. I would assume with the current NCAA attention on the University that it is most likely just him not making payments and the company letting him get away with it, which is a violation but one easily rectified.

IBleedOrange71 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

LMAO!!!!!! Surely VolNotHamiltonChick couldn't be wrong. I'm betting by the time I post this he will have posted something about you being inbred, your kids, your entire family. He will do that on here, that's about as far as he will take it.

You were absolutely right....I can't stop laughing! Check my recent post...can't wait to see her reply...Bahahahahahaha!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

For anyone who wants good informative talk, go to www.volnation.com... No trolls, and a GOLDMINE for recruiting info. Not poser wanna bees like VolNotHamiltonChick, real dudes in the know who get their info from Hubbs and Rivals employees. VolNotHamiltonChick and a few others would get axed in about 2 seconds over there. KNS, go to www.volnation.com and see how a REAL sports thread is ran. I'll probably get BANNED for this post, while VolNotHamiltonChick continues to ruin this site. Never thought I would say this, but KNS is MISSING Hooker. Atleast he ATTEMPTED to cover recuirting, and UT.

IBleedOrange71 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

For anyone who wants good informative talk, go to www.volnation.com... No trolls, and a GOLDMINE for recruiting info. Not poser wanna bees like VolNotHamiltonChick, real dudes in the know who get their info from Hubbs and Rivals employees. VolNotHamiltonChick and a few others would get axed in about 2 seconds over there. KNS, go to www.volnation.com and see how a REAL sports thread is ran. I'll probably get BANNED for this post, while VolNotHamiltonChick continues to ruin this site. Never thought I would say this, but KNS is MISSING Hooker. Atleast he ATTEMPTED to cover recuirting, and UT.

Rick, I've been on there, but there is some areas that you have to pay to read. Is this still the same?

GAVOl50 writes:

If he's not making payments but still has the car that might be deemed a benefit ! Dooley is nipping it in the Bud !

NeylandWest writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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You said you've been recruited, coached and played professionally; it interests me to know more.

Do you mind enlightening the rest of us?

IBleedOrange71 writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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C'mon Man....the part of you that could reproduce ran down the crack of yo mamma's u-no-what! It's been fun....have a great day...Daddio!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Martial Arts class, LMAO. Uh, OK.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to IBleedOrange71:

Rick, I've been on there, but there is some areas that you have to pay to read. Is this still the same?

I've not paid a thing. Their recruiting forum is off the chain.

IBleedOrange71 writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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There is nothing wrong with truth. How you deliver it to people is what is wrong. If you are truly not wanting to hurt people with your words, then try giving us the truth in a more polite manner as not to offend the people you are talking to.

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