Renaldo "Swiperboy" Woolridge posted in a Sunday night blog entry that the beat of his rap music and videos will go on, after all.
"I know the haters were excited when they actually thought I would be done rapping forever,'' Woolridge wrote. "Ha ... false. Music has helped me get through a lot, and is a part of me. I will never give it up.''
The Tennessee senior forward posted on Aug. 7 that he was leaving his musical aspirations behind, even though he said music has helped him deal with depression and thoughts of suicide.
But the most recent entry in Woolridge's blog, called "Swiperboy's World," leads with the headline: "You really thought I was done?'' The blog can be found at http://swiperboy.blogspot.com/
Woolridge has removed the Aug. 7 entry from his blog, and in his new entry he apologizes to his fans for "letting you feel you could doubt me.''
Late Monday, Swiperboy's "Teach me how to Dooley" appeared on YouTube.
New UT coach Cuonzo Martin, who is in China serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men's Junior National Team, is aware of Woolridge's recent blog entries, but he hasn't had a chance to discuss them with his player yet.
Martin's stance on Woolridge's music and performances has been the same as the previous staff's: there's a time and place for it.
Joan Cronan, UT’s interim athletic director, said the school monitors its student-athletes as closely as possible to ensure their well being.
“We take anything like that very serious, and our goal is to provide our student-athletes with all the help we can get,’’ Cronan said when asked of Woolridge’s reference to suicidal thoughts. “It’s our job is to take care of the well-being of our athletes.’’
Woolridge wrote in his most recent blog that once basketball season begins,"I want to dedicate my 100 percent to my team, coaches, basketball fans and the game.''
The Vols are tentatively set to begin fall individual drills on Aug. 24, but the full team practices don't begin until mid-October.
Martin has not released a depth chart, but Woolridge is expected to compete for playing time at power forward and on the wing.
Woolridge suffered through an injury plagued junior season, appearing in only eight games and averaging 1.6 points in those contests.
Woolridge's music career has been healthy, however, as he has now released 10 mix tapes.
Woolridge said his most recent mixtape, called "Zazzzle," will be his final one until April of 2012, when he plans to being working on a studio album that he can sell in stores after his eligibility expires.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball and can be followed on twitter at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32