There won’t be any legal action.
But that doesn’t mean the Bryce Brown situation is anywhere closer to a resolution.
The family of the former Tennessee running back has retained the services of Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs, who has advised the family not to sue UT or coach Derek Dooley.
“After reviewing the matter, we’ve decided not to initiate any legal action against the University of Tennessee, contrary to earlier reports,” Isaacs said Friday.
“The family has no animosity toward the university. Bryce is a good kid. Bryce wants to make sure that everything is positive.
“(The Browns) want to make sure there’s no ambiguity about whether Bryce and his family enjoyed and respected their time here at the University of Tennessee.”
Arthur Brown, Bryce’s father, told Knoxville radio station WNML on Tuesday he planned to sue both Tennessee and Dooley for denying Bryce a release from his scholarship.
Bryce Brown is enrolled at Kansas State, and he must sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.
But he’s not on scholarship, and while a lawsuit won’t happen, the Browns will petition UT in the next seven to 10 days.
“We plan to, in the very near future, petition the university athletic department to reconsider their position regarding releasing Bryce,” Isaacs said.
“This is out of the spirit of respect. Bryce is a talented athlete with a very close family that’s going to have a great future. We want to make sure that that message doesn’t get lost in the sports-talk squabble, so to speak.”
Bryce did not participate in spring practice and Dooley has said on more than one occasion that Bryce did not meet his criteria for granting a release.
“These are the three key factors,” Dooley told the News Sentinel last month, “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.”
Isaacs said another goal is to clear up ambiguity about the entire situation.
“We want to make sure that the Brown family’s story regarding his tenure at UT is presented to the public,” Isaacs said.
“When I say that, that means, one, that Bryce enjoyed his time here. He and his family have a lot respect for the university and its program.
“Unfortunately there were a tremendous amount of family issues regarding the sickness and the death of close family members that contributed to his decision and the family’s decision to put family first.
“What we’re going to do is ask everyone to remember is that this is a student-athlete and respect the Browns for putting family first.”
Patrick Brown is a freelance contributor.