Bryce Brown's father considering suing Dooley, UT

The never-ending story has returned.

And Bryce Brown’s father isn’t letting it die easily.

According to an interview with the former No. 1 recruit’s father on Knoxville radio station WNML, Arthur Brown is planning to hire an attorney and potentially sue Tennessee and coach Derek Dooley for denying a release for the running back from his scholarship. Dooley has repeatedly stated the criteria for his decision and indicated numerous times that it applies to every player who elects to transfer, which Brown finally did before the season and enrolled at Kansas State. Other than that, Dooley had little response to the proposed action against him by the Browns.

“I have no reaction,” Dooley said after practice Tuesday. “That’s out of my hands.”

UT seemingly had washed its hands of the situation when the request for Brown’s release was denied, as well as a subsequent appeal.

But WNML reported that Arthur Brown received a registered letter on Tuesday from UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek upholding the decision and is looking for another option to gain a release for his son, which would allow Kansas State to put Bryce Brown on scholarship right away as he sits out a mandated year for transferring.

“Bryce has done nothing wrong,” Arthur Brown told the radio station. “I don’t understand.

“If he used that criteria, he should have released Bryce. I think that’s bogus. I’m disappointed in UT’s stance.”

That stance has never wavered from Dooley, who uses three factors in evaluating each player who asks to leave the program.

Based on Brown’s sudden disappearance before spring practice and the back and forth between the player and Dooley in July, there really wasn’t any great surprise when the Vols denied his request.

“As with the other players who have asked for a release, I went through the same process with the same criteria with Bryce,” Dooley told the News Sentinel last month. “These are the three key factors - what their personal investment into the program was, did they have their heart into it and did they give it a good, fair shot. No. 2, the harm that their departure creates for the organization. No. 3, how they handle it as a professional.

“I’ve done that with every one of these guys -- with Aaron (Douglas), with Todd Campbell, with Nick Stephens, Nick Lamaison and now Bryce. So now my decision, based on those three factors with Bryce, is not to release him.”

The Browns still aren’t satisfied with that, and apparently they aren’t done trying to change UT’s mind.

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volmania97 writes:

What a joke!

Chris4Vols22 writes:

Just keep letting him make an butt of himself, we'll be ok.

WashYourDirtyVols (Inactive) writes:

will these two just go hide in remote place in kansas together and never be seen again please?? No one cares about your son anymore and you are only giving him negative publicity which will hurt his chances of making into the NFL, which he will never do anyways. The world would be a better place without hearing from this family again.

Major_Magilicutty writes:

Pick your poison:

Frivolous:

1. characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct.

2.self-indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose.

3.(of a person) given to trifling or undue levity: a frivolous, empty-headed person.

4.of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice: a frivolous suggestion.

rbhobbs73#226545 writes:

only people that will win anything from this will be the lawyers.

nocleats writes:

Again, Bryce NEVER wanted to leave. He wanted to stay @ Tenn. Bryces father made Bryce leave.

sambad writes:

Let's sue him for allowing his son the right to screw up our team by keeping Poole off the field.

SoddyVol writes:

"...what their personal investment into the program was, did they have their heart into it and did they give it a good, fair shot". Answer = NO, .. No.2, the harm that their departure creates for the organization. = Losing that much talent is Harmful,.. No.3, how they handle it as a professional. = Handled like an immature kid.

yank9 writes:

As Daffy Duck would say "What a maroon!" I guess there was a good reason for Mike Hamilton to hire a former attorney as his new head coach. This out to be a soap opera!

nocleats writes:

in response to ShaversChoice:

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Also, If Bryce or his brother make it to the NFL. Their Dad will be the first one in line to get some of the money from them.

SpiralBound writes:

Does he think losing a suit will make everything ok? Idiot...

huntined#565710 writes:

I say let him go!!! His dad is right as the coaching change was not his fault.. He will not be a VOL and will do us no good so let the kid go and do whatever he want's to do.. KIFF was his hero and he wanted to play for him. Now that he is gone UT just needs to let him go. Coach just needs to end that divorce and move on. From what I hear he was a good kid and I say again he is just a kid. Maybe he had some other people guiding him and giving him some bad direction.

Vol1983 writes:

If he wants to sue, let him waste his money. I'm sure some so-called lawyer will be willing to take his money.

nepperso#220348 writes:

Legal Fees: 2,000 dollars
Payout for losing a lawsuit: ZERO dollars
Watching Bryce throw away an NFL career: Priceless

bustervols writes:

No comment.

nocleats writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

I say let him go!!! His dad is right as the coaching change was not his fault.. He will not be a VOL and will do us no good so let the kid go and do whatever he want's to do.. KIFF was his hero and he wanted to play for him. Now that he is gone UT just needs to let him go. Coach just needs to end that divorce and move on. From what I hear he was a good kid and I say again he is just a kid. Maybe he had some other people guiding him and giving him some bad direction.

Your assuming that Bryce wanted to leave, he didnt.

orangeblood8456 writes:

if arthur want's to teach his son something, teach him to honor his word or signature on the dotted line. that what a true christain would do!

Mobbdeep4life writes:

This is the neverending story. They just need to move on.
The sad thing is that it appears this all stems from the advice given to Bryce by his father and "handler". They are ruining this young man's career.

rocky_topper writes:

Arthur Brown is a LIAR and a nut case! His mental and emotional instability really was shown during his interview today. Being that the entire Brown family are such media whores, I'm guessing they are trying to get their names back in the news. He reminds me of Juicy Locke!

ric1958 writes:

in response to nocleats:

Again, Bryce NEVER wanted to leave. He wanted to stay @ Tenn. Bryces father made Bryce leave.

I`ve heard that. If it is true then Bryce needs to grow a pair and tell his father that he will make his own decisions.

HallowedHill writes:

What a joke!! So the Brown family is under financial duress having to pay for school for 1 year, but has enough money to hire a lawyer?! Or enough money to travel to Tennessee for court dates?! ROFL!
Threatening to sue a lawyer - LOL, that's a good one.
If Bryce REALLY wanted to play with his brother, he wouldn't have decommitted from Miami.

Mr Brown, STOP WHINING, ACT LIKE A MAN OF YOUR WORD and MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, you'll teach your sons something about being a man.

GO VOLS!

Bogus writes:

in response to naffy:

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Why do I have a feeling even your mother didn't like you? Oh yeah, that's right, because she told me so last night. Pillow talk, baby, yeah!

oskie_score writes:

Clown!

Bryce's father (and this so-called "handler") meddling continues to be counter-productive and a disruptive influence for both boys.

Blood is thicker than water BUT the best thing (for Bryce & Arthur Jr.) is to distance themselves as far as possible from their controlling father.

oskie_score writes:

in response to nocleats:

Again, Bryce NEVER wanted to leave. He wanted to stay @ Tenn. Bryces father made Bryce leave.

True.

rocky_topper writes:

As for Bryce, he was lazy and not nearly as good as he thought he was. He didn't think that he should have had to compete for his position. He was NEVER man-enough to even approach Dooley to talk to him about a release; yet, he and the Brown family did all they could all summer long to try to remain in the local media spot light. Arthur says that both sons called him while crying and said that both of them feared for their lives....at two different universities, but the same stories? I call BS on this! In fact, had Bryce feared for his life, he wouldn't have stayed in Knoxville on-and-off until a week before the team convened on campus and was actually still here once they began their practice for the season. Being that Arthur apparently failed at raising two sons, hopefully, someday both of them can take another path and steer clear of becoming like their Dad.

volvann writes:

Hmmm... The talk of a lawsuit comes after the Brown's got to watch the Poole, Oku and Neal show. After seeing those 3, it appears he figured out even if he came back he would probably never see the field. I think Dooley may be protecting other schools from these folks. CDD is straight up and sticks to his guns. The current loyal players have already seen his fairness and awarded him the game ball.
GBO!!!!

oskie_score writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

I say let him go!!! His dad is right as the coaching change was not his fault.. He will not be a VOL and will do us no good so let the kid go and do whatever he want's to do.. KIFF was his hero and he wanted to play for him. Now that he is gone UT just needs to let him go. Coach just needs to end that divorce and move on. From what I hear he was a good kid and I say again he is just a kid. Maybe he had some other people guiding him and giving him some bad direction.

I see your point but as CDD stated there's a correct way to go about it, one which the Brown's failed to do.

Can't fault CDD for standing true to his beliefs and convictions.

oskie_score writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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lol...after all it is a sue-happy world we live in.

oskie_score writes:

in response to Mobbdeep4life:

This is the neverending story. They just need to move on.
The sad thing is that it appears this all stems from the advice given to Bryce by his father and "handler". They are ruining this young man's career.

Yep.

tdvol1989 writes:

I don't know how Pops can say his son did anything wrong. If you break a commitment, that is wrong. There should be a penalty.

oskie_score writes:

in response to rocky_topper:

Arthur Brown is a LIAR and a nut case! His mental and emotional instability really was shown during his interview today. Being that the entire Brown family are such media whores, I'm guessing they are trying to get their names back in the news. He reminds me of Juicy Locke!

lol. Arthur Brown & Juicy Locke...now they're two peas in a pod!

givehim6 writes:

So can CDD sue Brown for fails representation?

BigOrangeSlim writes:

You think he could stretch what happened and tell the NCAA? This is getting stupid, maybe his son should have been a man and spoke to Coach face to face instead of with a text message. Amazing what happening when things don't go your way.

VolsDoc81TX writes:

Okay, enough of this stuff.

There was a mention in another article that Bryce Brown's brother is having to sit out a year at K State and pay his own way. He was NOT released from his scholarship at Miami either. But there is no news on that! No "potential lawsuit" against Miami. This whole thing is just silly.

Just like naffy, biggunzz, vandygrad, volnothamilton and all the others, Arthur Brown should just go away!

tombovol writes:

Atricle says:

“Bryce has done nothing wrong,” Arthur Brown told the radio station.

Exactly right, Arthur. Bryce did not do anything at all: speak to his coach, show up for practice, or commit to the team in any way.

rockban62 writes:

If I remember correctly, CDD has a law degree and if he felt like this would be an issue he would let him go. But seeing that he treats all people that want to transfer the same then the Browns have no reason to sue. Just trying to stay in the spotlight what a JOKE!!!

volsfannsc writes:

I had heard that Bryce wanted to stay at UT as well. His father is a nut case and I can only compare him to Reggie Bush's father who received a weekly 'allowance' from some agent during Reggie's tenure at USC. The two are leaches, using their sons to gain personal wealth and I hope both die a pauper. The word I got from a member of the defense was that Bryce was shocked that Kiff didn't make arrangements to take him to USC. Through conversations with Dooley, Bryce developed a relationship with Dooley and all was well until the outside interference came. I think Dooley's non-release was an effort to discourage the outside interference. Bryce is a kid and not to the point to disagree with father. We all know the outcome. I find it stupidly amusing that Mr. Brown even uttered the word lawsuit. Maybe Mr. Brown is from the school of Kiff- where negative publicity is still publicity! I empathise for Bryce, his career is slowing to a halt.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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And,there it is...Well stated Doc.

GOBIGO72 writes:

in response to volmania97:

What a joke!

Agreed - also WGAFF

rocky_topper writes:

in response to volsfannsc:

I had heard that Bryce wanted to stay at UT as well. His father is a nut case and I can only compare him to Reggie Bush's father who received a weekly 'allowance' from some agent during Reggie's tenure at USC. The two are leaches, using their sons to gain personal wealth and I hope both die a pauper. The word I got from a member of the defense was that Bryce was shocked that Kiff didn't make arrangements to take him to USC. Through conversations with Dooley, Bryce developed a relationship with Dooley and all was well until the outside interference came. I think Dooley's non-release was an effort to discourage the outside interference. Bryce is a kid and not to the point to disagree with father. We all know the outcome. I find it stupidly amusing that Mr. Brown even uttered the word lawsuit. Maybe Mr. Brown is from the school of Kiff- where negative publicity is still publicity! I empathise for Bryce, his career is slowing to a halt.

Stupidly? Is this who I think it is? How is Michelle?

QB_10 (Inactive) writes:

Closing Argument to a sympathetic jury: Why is it that every coach in america can leave his college without a penalty..is that legal? Are you allowed to choose where you want to work, but work for a year and not get paid? Just sign the papers, CDD is letting his arrogance cloud his decision. Really Bryce Brown suing is what UT needs at this juncture. Or maybe yet, that could be the nail in Hamilton's coffin.

MGUTVOL03 writes:

seriously! NEXT......

give_him_6 writes:

LMAO!! Know we know where it's all coming from. Arthur, do us all, and especially your son a favor, and SHUT THE F UP!!! If you didn't have the money to pay for a year of his education at Kansas, then you should have left well enough alone. If Bryce doesn't make it to school or to the next level, you can't sue anyone for it. You just have to look in the mirror and know that you screwed your sons career and life up. Way to go there skippy!!! Oh yeah, we just don't care, we have Poole and Oku. Enjoy!!

VolfanClinton writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

I say let him go!!! His dad is right as the coaching change was not his fault.. He will not be a VOL and will do us no good so let the kid go and do whatever he want's to do.. KIFF was his hero and he wanted to play for him. Now that he is gone UT just needs to let him go. Coach just needs to end that divorce and move on. From what I hear he was a good kid and I say again he is just a kid. Maybe he had some other people guiding him and giving him some bad direction.

I agree completely...Coach DD comes off looking like a jerk and sheds a bad light on Tennessee future recruiting efforts...I do not think it has any chance in court, but just let it go !!

jobrando#216494 writes:

EXCELLANT RB'S ARE NOT IN SHORT SUPPLY. WE HAVE OUR SHARE. BRYCE DID NOT WANT TO COMPETE WITH OUR STABLE. SORRY HE WAS SUCH A WIMP.

The7Maxims writes:

in response to HallowedHill:

What a joke!! So the Brown family is under financial duress having to pay for school for 1 year, but has enough money to hire a lawyer?! Or enough money to travel to Tennessee for court dates?! ROFL!
Threatening to sue a lawyer - LOL, that's a good one.
If Bryce REALLY wanted to play with his brother, he wouldn't have decommitted from Miami.

Mr Brown, STOP WHINING, ACT LIKE A MAN OF YOUR WORD and MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, you'll teach your sons something about being a man.

GO VOLS!

I agree completely. If he has the type of money to sue Coach Dooley and the University, there are no financial issues for him to worry about. Bryce should have been decisive and left in the spring, then played JUCO for fall 2010, and went to Kansas State spring 2011.

Bryce Brown and his brother have made poor decisions, and now they have to pay the price. Randy Shannon pulled Bryce's scholarship for a reason. Oku, Poole, and Alabama's Richardson are all better than Brown. He's not SEC caliber. He could probably survive going against Iowa St. and Kansas, but he'd never survive the SEC. The sad thing is that Authur Brown won't shut up before he ruins the future for his sons.

Pompey writes:

...add this story to, Should Fulmer have been fired, and Kiffin left us holding the bag, and what you have is a never ending saga.

txsvol#372416 writes:

FWIW, If there is a lawsuit, you can bet that the trial lawyer takes the case on a contingency basis, possibly as a loss leader, to gin up more business. SAVol

VOL03_NC writes:

Did he text that too? I think we know where the antics of this family are from. Stay the course CDD.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Skipping out on signed contracts mean nothing.In fact who needs a contract anyway?A coach can skip anytime he wants or get fired and collect six million for nothing.The schools are the ones that need a lawyer.They are just plain stupid to pay anyone millions of dollars just to get rid of a coach.Same goes for big corporations.

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