Attorney representing Bryce Brown advises family not to sue UT, Dooley

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.

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bluetick writes:

At least your attorney has some brains and sense! Must have read the message boards here to understand they were foolish for even thinking they would win. Haha. So long BB and family. Good luck!

VolsDoc81TX writes:

What about his older brother that also has to sit out a year and pay for school? Are they trying to stir this much up at Miami too? Miami did not release his brother from the scholarship obligations.

nocleats writes:

Maybe he will advise Bryce to distance himself from his dad, before his dad starts laying the guilt trip on him for some money. Sad. Bryce wanted to stay at Tenn.

Texassean writes:

How ready am I for the news to be about things ON THE FIELD/COURT... There just seems to be a dark cloud hanging over our University's Athletic Dept these days... A win over the Ducks would make it feel a LOT better! GO VOLS!

tnsportsman writes:

OH BS! The Browns have only one thing they respect, that's themselves. Sounds just like a Lawyer!

Stay The Course Coach Dooley, NOT RELEASE!

oskie_score writes:

Talk about "damage control". What is that Issac, the Kansas "two step"??

Colliervol writes:

Biggest duh of the year. They had no chance of winning that one.

VolWoman writes:

If they can afford Isaacs, they must be able to afford one year of tuition.

I thought the next appeal had to be to the NCAA? They've exhausted their appeals to the University is my understanding from what I've read and heard on the radio. Is that wrong?

mtowntim writes:

Whew, that was close.(LMAO)
Arthur Brown.... What a dumbazz!

deVOLdog writes:

If I were so concerned with my kids well being as Arthur claims to be, I'd spend my time and energy trying to get them help for whatever problems they may have not trying to get them football scholarships.

gillblog writes:

"This is out of a spirit of respect"?
"Respect" for what?
Not for UT, UT football, Derek Dooley, and certainly not for a chance to get a college education.
"Respect" from whom?
Not from Bryce Brown who dis-respected everything about the UT football program that he couldn't bring himself to face any official in the program with his requests.
And, "respect" to what ends?
Yes, there is respect in this regard. Respect for the putative NFL career of Bryce Brown.
These people are disgusting.

westennvol writes:

Give him his release and wash our hands of this ugly mess. UT has enough problems to deal with.

Vol1983 writes:

Who cares? Non-issue!

jbocap writes:

Really? You dont need to hire an attorney to say: 1) Bryce enjoyed his time at Tenn; and 2) the Browns respect the University of Tennessee.

You can make that statement on your own for free...why pay a lawyer to make that statement for you?
Anyway....good luck Bryce in all you do. Sorry to hear about your family issues, and will be praying for your family. I still stand with Coach Dooley's decision. Let's all "move on"...

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to listentothemusic:

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Listen troll,

Just keep your place and shut up. That's the best advice we can give you. Take a long one way trip someplace and give us a break. Noone is interested in your jabbering.

Vol1983 writes:

in response to listentothemusic:

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Do you have any brains? Greg Isaacs, esq. is trying to smooth things over and get a release. He knows a lawsuit is going to fail. You seem very stupid.

mattnchatt writes:

Just let him go and move on.

Vol1983 writes:

in response to mattnchatt:

Just let him go and move on.

OoooooooTeahhhhhhh

DiegoVol writes:

I would just like to hear what Bryce has to say about the entire situation.Did he leave cause he wanted to leave or because of family pressure? I know he is close to his family and really wanted to play college ball with his brother.
If he left UT just cause he wanted to go and play with his brother, Then I say don't give him the release.
If its because of family pressure, give him his release and be done with it. Although,Someone needs to explain to him he is an adult now. It's time to make your own decisions. You have to fly away from nest eventually.

cgbtn writes:

Patrick Brown is not a member of the close-knit Brown family discussed in the story. He does not wish to be exiled to remote Kansas.

mytrifecta writes:

This kid is a punk and has no heart. Otherwise he would have remained at UT and competed for his position. That said, I'm glad he's gone. His me-first attitude clearly doesn't fit in with the new coaching regime.

alanarm68 writes:

Threatens to sue, realizes there's not a case, and then wants to ask for his son release to be reconsidered? Are you kidding me? Bryce needs to grow up and quit letting his dad ruin his career for him. From the looks of things we will be just fine with Poole and Oku. Forget this has been Vol and lets go Duck Huntin'!!!!

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

Arthur Brown must be NUTS .Those young men are lucky they got any sense .

bigOutfan writes:

What a sack of dog phooey...

tennrich1 writes:

Lets not forget, CDD is a lawyer himself....i trust his handling of this over...say...listentothe bah,bah,bah

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to oskie_score:

Talk about "damage control". What is that Issac, the Kansas "two step"??

or the Tennessee "kiss as-", what this guy is doing to try to earn sympathy for BB----talks about respect when his client doesn't show any of Dooley and texts hes outta here rather than meeting man to man--STFU Mr. Attorney, your crying is nausiating---no release for BB---tough love is the best teacher--maybe he'll learn to show respect too if if wants it in return

BigBadVol writes:

I believe Bryce saw the writing on the wall. He knew he was Kiffin's boy and that no matter how he performed he would be given chance after chance. Poole is more talented and probably Oku is also. Poole and Oku have shown tremendous character and unity. He left because he saw himself as third string. Maybe 4th string after watching the true freshman Rijon Neal.

pridebone writes:

Man should have called Ogle, Elrod, and Baril. They'll pick him up from Kansas in their pretty yellow helicopter. :-D

FireJohnAdams writes:

“This is out of the spirit of respect", says attorney Greg Isaacs.

Lets see, Bryce doesn't show up for Spring practice - correct me if I'm wrong, but he didn't even tell anyone "why" did he? Then in the Fall, he sends word to Coach Dooley that he's going to "meet" with him to discuss the situation - and he slips out of town while texting Dooley (or someone) to say he isn't going to play in Knoxville. Then his family hires an attorney - who opens his speech in this article with "after reviewing the matter, we've decided not to initiate any legal action..." - and THIS is out of the "spirit" of respect.

Usually I'd agree and say "let's wash our hands and move on" but after all that's happened, the Brown family simply needs to take their medicine and move on.

VolGraduate writes:

The petition will go in the secret file.....for the non Office fans that's the trash can

rockytopatl writes:

in response to bluetick:

At least your attorney has some brains and sense! Must have read the message boards here to understand they were foolish for even thinking they would win. Haha. So long BB and family. Good luck!

Yeah, right. The first place I'd look for wisdom would be these message boards.

rockytopatl writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Lets not forget, CDD is a lawyer himself....i trust his handling of this over...say...listentothe bah,bah,bah

I see this argument on here over and over. But just ask yourself -- how many lawyers become football coaches? Maybe one? Can you think of another? Might this one have become a football coach because he wasn't a very good lawyer?

Food for thought.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Someone told him to not burn the bridge. His dad screwed his whole life up by forcing him to go to Kansas so he can control him. Little league dad. Potential washout player.....Out...

OldNumber7 writes:

I have an idea...why don't you role models (??) tell Mr. Brown to get off his rear end, put on a suit, get a haircut, and march into Dooley's office and comply with his rules? The Brown's are losers.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to listentothemusic:

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You must be one heck of a cheater going by the way you whine.To hate Tennessee and their coaches so much,you sure spend an awful lot of time reading about them.Are yos sick or just plain stupid?

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to westennvol:

Give him his release and wash our hands of this ugly mess. UT has enough problems to deal with.

I agree and have been saying from day one this is a mistake for DD to make a stand of this magnitude on such an insignificant issue. The guy is gone and has been since not showing up for spring practice. He is not attempting to go to a team the Vols have on their schedule in the near future and probably will not be replacing the University of Buffalo with KS so lets move on release the guy and save the fight for more important issues.

OrangePride writes:

in response to westennvol:

Give him his release and wash our hands of this ugly mess. UT has enough problems to deal with.

You know, for quite some time I was of the mind, these folks made their bed and now let them lie in it. But you have a good point in just granting the release and getting on with the important matter of rebuilding this program. Sometimes the kitchen smells better AFTER you take out the garbage. This could well be one of those times. GO VOLS.

arkyvol writes:

if i recall correctly, dooley hinted that he would consider a release if and when brown came and sat down and talked to him about it, face to face. if he's not man enough to do that, he doesn't sound like much of a loss.

10volunteers98 writes:

Dooley should go ahead and give Brown a release.Even though Brown didn`t have the gonads or respect to talk to Dooley face to face.This kid`s dad has caused a lot of trouble for Bryce and for UT.As for even considering taking UT to court,Brown`s dad is a complete moron.Give Brown and his dad what they want and move on.UT has running backs with more talent,anyway.

TommyJack writes:

Not a bad kid. Just too much coddling from an over protective dad. Grant release and move on.

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