Academic suspension for Montori Hughes

Tennesse defensive tackle Montori Hughes leaves the field after the loss to LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. UT lost the game 16-14 after a defensive penalty in the final play of the game.

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Tennesse defensive tackle Montori Hughes leaves the field after the loss to LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. UT lost the game 16-14 after a defensive penalty in the final play of the game.

Montori Hughes on academic suspension

A season that started with great expectations for Montori Hughes will end with him on the sideline.

The sophomore defensive tackle, who's struggled with injuries and never really delivered on the preseason attention he received this year, will miss the regular-season finale against Kentucky on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 12:21 p.m.) due to an academic suspension.

Vols coach Derek Dooley announced the decision on Monday during his weekly press conference, and no matter how Hughes has played to this point, his absence could be a significant issue for a team already short on depth in the middle of the defensive line as UT tries to earn a bowl bid against the Wildcats.

"We suspended Montori Hughes for academic reasons, an academic suspension similar to what (fullback) Kevin Cooper went through early in the year," Dooley said. "He won't be playing in the game.

"I do (think it's big), because we're so thin and unproductive at defensive tackle. Anybody we lose there, it hurts the team - there's no question. But we have an academic accountability system that they understand and they know the consequences. I've told them, it's the same old line that everybody can do what they want. Everybody has freedom of choice, but nobody has freedom of consequence and at some point, you can't play."

The Vols (5-6, 2-5 SEC) reached that point with Hughes heading into the last week of the regular season, though his impact statistically has been minimal throughout the second half of the schedule.

He was a handful in the trenches early in the season, looking every bit like the unblockable force UT hoped he would become will logging multiple tackles in each of the first five games. But since then, Hughes has limped through practices and only tallied three total tackles over the last six games - and he wasn't credited with any over the last two weeks.

Hughes could possibly return for a bowl game if the Vols beat Kentucky, but his regular season will end with 16 total tackles, 3.5 of them for a loss, along with a sack and two passes defended.

"I thought that there were some unreasonable and unfair expectations on Montori, like there are a lot of high school guys," Dooley said. "That's why I don't get caught up in the stars.

"There are so many things that go into playing to your capacity and being a good player, and there was really no history of Montori playing well."

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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murrayvol writes:

Well that's just tremendous.

LEXKYVOLS writes:

UK lost a DL Mark Crawford and now we lose a DL for the game. Score all even! I think Crawford is a much bigger loss for UK.

Orange_Juiced writes:

Had a chance to be the star of the DL this year. Great size and definitely fills the gap. The guy just hasn't shown up. Not sure if it's immaturity, laziness, emotional issues or what, but the guy hasn't shined like we all hoped. About all you can say about him is he's provided much needed depth and he fills a gap. Now this. Can't wait for Walls and Martin to get back next year. Maybe MH will be better next year too.

kevin151 writes:

It's hard to not stay eligible with some of the classes out there. He must not have been going to class....

abnerPeabody writes:

One thing about old Dooley,he want sugar coat anything.He says what he means and means what he says.
Had this been any another coach, he would be telling us how good the player is and that he would be missed.Not Dooley.He is right.Hughes has no history of playing well at UT.

Volunatic writes:

Again, props to Dooley for having the guts to discipline a key player for academic reasons, despite the magnitude of the upcoming game.
Not all coaches would do that-- some would wait until the grades came out prior to the bowl game.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Montori had not been a factor for the past few weeks. I predict, we have seen the last of him. I hope that I am wrong.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Get your grades and your head up Montori! We need you on this team! GBO!!!

flatrock writes:

Note to Montori: there are a ton of athletic
types residing inside the walls of our prison
system; there are athletic types that are
making a ton of money in the NFL. It is
your choice, Big Guy!

volfan1971 writes:

He has control over his future. Hopefully, MH will make the right decision to become a better student first and better football player second.

Orangeblood13 writes:

you guys sure are passing judgment awful quick to not know the whole story. Maybe this is what he needs to get em back on track.

I hope he comes back with a vengence. We need all the able bodies we can get up front

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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Hit the nail on the head.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Another 5* prima donna flame out. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong....

OTPVol writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Newsflash CSS! A former AD in Georgia has your red thong.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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Just running the streets PERIOD. Dealing with some shady/rough characters. Yeah, I'm sure some kush blowin goin on.

richvol writes:

Don't let him go to the bowl game if we make it. He doesn't deserve it...not after letting the entire team down. You can't control injuries but you sure can get your lazy rear to class.

HOSSFLY writes:

live and learn young man.........and i hope you bounce back.

GBO

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to ALLVOLNC:

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Thank you sir, you just proved my point for me. Good LORD if he were a 4-5* that's all we would hear. Good and bad in all.

TrueVolFan writes:

in response to flatrock:

Note to Montori: there are a ton of athletic
types residing inside the walls of our prison
system; there are athletic types that are
making a ton of money in the NFL. It is
your choice, Big Guy!

You may want to re-read the article flatrock. He didnt break the law, he just hasn't performed in the classroom to the standards set by his coach. He isnt even "academically ineligible", just "suspended" by the coach. Maybe this is a chance for Coach Dooley to shake him up a bit and get his attention, not a chance to threaten prison. Lighten up a little, Big Guy!

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

you guys sure are passing judgment awful quick to not know the whole story. Maybe this is what he needs to get em back on track.

I hope he comes back with a vengence. We need all the able bodies we can get up front

Orangeblood is correct. It could be something as simple as missing a tutor. Some coaches let that go with early morning laps and that takes care of everything. It could be along the lines of missing a class/classes or a failing grade/grades. It could be as severe as academic dishonesty (hopefully not). Sometimes losing the chance to do something you enjoy is enough to get someone's attention. Perhaps this will be the case with Montori.

Volunatic also made a very valid point. CDD could have overlooked this and allowed Hughes to dress out without an explanation of why he didn't play. This shows CDD cares more about the performance of a player on the field. He cares about the overall development of the man.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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The way Vandy plays, football isn't even a game.

bUTchVFL writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Another 5* prima donna flame out. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong....

You're wrong. 2* coming out of Siegel HS in Murfreesboro. Fulmer found him. Basically a project. Could have been a good story.

Ironcity writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Another 5* prima donna flame out. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong....

Rick your point is proven some here might be surprized to find out there are 2 star prma donnas like Montori. I hope he gets it going before its to late. I don't think he has been the same since UGA cut blocked him and tore up his ankle. Usually the injury he had takes a while to heal and at 310 pounds it may take longer. Thats one of the reason I have no sympathy for UGA's QB getting clocked by Auburns nose tackle. I can only imagine how dirty that game was in the trenches

VolzsFan writes:

He has not been coached or motivated well. The Chief would have had him on the Outland watch list.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to bUTchVFL:

You're wrong. 2* coming out of Siegel HS in Murfreesboro. Fulmer found him. Basically a project. Could have been a good story.

Of course, it flew right over your head. I promise you I knew that their buddy.

oldvolmikelb60 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Nobody should be surprised that this cretin comments on our site. Look at the lack of interest / attendance by most Vandy fans. I guess he reads our site because he (maybe she?) is not interested in the Vanderbilt football program.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Rick your point is proven some here might be surprized to find out there are 2 star prma donnas like Montori. I hope he gets it going before its to late. I don't think he has been the same since UGA cut blocked him and tore up his ankle. Usually the injury he had takes a while to heal and at 310 pounds it may take longer. Thats one of the reason I have no sympathy for UGA's QB getting clocked by Auburns nose tackle. I can only imagine how dirty that game was in the trenches

Someone understands.

Colliervol writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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And waiting on that April welfare check from the SEC. Yep, that's pretty real.

Colliervol writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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Some of these guys just don't get it, do they? Montori is no different that dozens of others that are in prison or hanging on the corner...million dollar body and a ten cent brain. So much talent and just can't figure out what to do with it.

TommyJack writes:

in response to flatrock:

Note to Montori: there are a ton of athletic
types residing inside the walls of our prison
system; there are athletic types that are
making a ton of money in the NFL. It is
your choice, Big Guy!

Huh?? The hell has an academic suspension got to do with prison?

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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Julio Jones drives a Cadillac Escalade...

Colliervol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Huh?? The hell has an academic suspension got to do with prison?

TJ, that would be a bit of a leap except that it doesn't take long from getting booted from the team to out of school to the street corner. And then from there, it's up for grabs with these kids. It wouldn't be the first time that it's happened. The point is some of these guys don't know how to take advantage of an opportunity when it's given to them. I hope Montori can get his act straight and work his way back. He might have been a 2* out of high school but he has 5* potential.

WhiteHotBleedOrange writes:

"Everybody has freedom of choice, but nobody has freedom of consequence."
If I never read another meaningful quote from Coach Dooley again, he has made a LASTING impression on me with that one!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Typical whine from Vandy country. You've got nothing.

vol88 writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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You're a real UT historian. Looks like you've been trolling us for a long, long time BB.

Why don't you educate us some more and explain how it feels to exist for so long with a life so meaningless.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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I guess you forgot that in 2009, Alabama was sanctioned for infractions involving 16 sports, including football. They vacated 21 wins from the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons and are still on probation until June 2012.

Juzkruzin writes:

Montori, are you a kid in a man's body? If you have any self pride in yourself, you will hit the weight room, the track, all this conditioning stuff after you hit the books. You want to go through life known as a failure or someone who has the size, etc., to make an impact on the BO Football Team. They gave you a scholarship and I sure you were bragging about it at your High School, but how is it gonna feel at your 10 year anniversary, when all the people you were braggin too, looks at you as a failure in football, college and life. I would make a promise to myself that I am going to get my grades up, go to class, or what ever happen here and work my azz off to be the starting DL next year. Will you, no I don't think so!! I think your High School did you a disfavor, by carrying you through school because of your size and they wanted you to play football. If you are a man prove all of us on this site wrong, come spring practice if you are still around, which I doubt again. Coach Fulmer gave you a chance to make something out of your life and you turned your back on him just like you turned your back on your team this year. Your body is the size of of "Bigfoot" people claim to have seen, but your heart is the size of a pea. Now once againg I will say prove us wrong!!

bretonbound writes:

WOW!!!! I thgt only 4th string QB's got suspended! Active players can beat on folks in bars, whack a guy from behind in another bar, but don't make your car payments or keep up in class, you're suspended.

RickyHite writes:

damn it.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Typical whine from Vandy country. You've got nothing.

Mountainbrook,

You said it. The troll is just like I said before, when hunting, so-called Vandygrad AKA IloveSaban is like somebody trespassing on someone else's posted land. Jerk said he's been following UT football over 40 years.............can you imagine 40 years of jealousy affecting his pathetic mind??

OrangePride writes:

It's a sad moment when you have to sit for academic reasons. Injuries are part of the game and you often don't really control that. Academics? You are totally in charge and have no one to blame but yourself. I am glad that CDD is making an issue of this because we need to improve our graduation rate and service to young men. Yes, they come to play football....but first, last, and always is the young man's academic performance and getting that degree to take him thru life. GOOD JOB CDD. And Montori, let's hope you get yourself back in good academic standing real soon....it's important.

OrangePride writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Is this the ONLY thing you can ever say; "Glad Vandy is a class school...etc.?" You speak as if everyone who ever attended and played football has never done poorly in academics. That's nonesense. There are academic casualties at every school in the country......including Vandy. So please, do yourself a favor and don't come on here with that holier than thou attitude every day....it doesn't wash.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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Honestly, I think the Football stuff Kiffin did got everyone riled up, but will be nothing. For some reason they want his head though, go figure. On the other hand, Bruce has landed us on probation and he's praised and followed as if nothing happened. Some folks on the NCAA remember what he did snitching on Illinois, he has enemies on the NCAA. They will pay him back.

You asked, so I told you.

easleychuck writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He has not been coached or motivated well. The Chief would have had him on the Outland watch list.

You base this on what?

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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I like the circus tens you have behind one end zone in your football arena. When your boy shanked the FG off the upright and it landed on the circus tent, I LMAO. I then remembered what a PATHETIC waste space and time your football program is.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to easleychuck:

You base this on what?

Her love affair with her husband, Phil.

Colliervol writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Is this the ONLY thing you can ever say; "Glad Vandy is a class school...etc.?" You speak as if everyone who ever attended and played football has never done poorly in academics. That's nonesense. There are academic casualties at every school in the country......including Vandy. So please, do yourself a favor and don't come on here with that holier than thou attitude every day....it doesn't wash.

OP, that's the motto of losers everywhere:

"So glad we are a class school."

His record on here for meaningful posts is similar to that of his team: 1 and 10.

Ironcity writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Yep you only had your best player killed in a gang war. It was quite sad but I guess you think thats better then getting arrested. How sad your life must be. Worry about your programs lack of quality and stop concerning yourself with ours. No one here cares a bit about what you think or what you claim to know.

volfaninutah writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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The reason no one at Blanderbilt gets arrested is because all the players still live with mom and dad. Can't get past that curfew thingy. Also, what was the paid attendance at the game Saturday? say 40,000? that is because 38,000 were dressed in ORANGE!!!!! The only reason Blanderbilts ticket sales are up 18% is UT was in town. Now go back to your room, Mom's looking for you.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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So answer my question Candy boy! Why in the hell do you have 2 circus tents behind the end zone? BBQ buffet? WHAT?My ole' lady even cracked up when she seen it. I don't think to highly of male cheerleaders, but I'll bet they pull more chicks than the football players down there. I'm sure they pull more than you.

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