Chris Lofton fails physical in Madrid

Former Tennessee basketball player Chris Lofton leaps as he passes the ball during his game in the Pilot Rocky Top League at Bearden High School.

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Former Tennessee basketball player Chris Lofton leaps as he passes the ball during his game in the Pilot Rocky Top League at Bearden High School.

Former Tennessee All-American Chris Lofton failed his physical in Madrid on Monday and has been released from what would have been the richest contract of his professional career playing in Spain's ACB League

"Chris has been diagnosed with back inflammation and is returning to Knoxville (today),'' said Jared Karnes, Lofton's agent with the Allegiant Athletics Agency (a3). "Twenty-four hours after Chris signed (on Aug. 23), we learned his back symptoms were potentially problematic and left the terms of the agreement to the discretion of the club.

"The club (Asefa Estudiantes) flew Chris to Madrid, where he was sent to a specialist who determined it would be best for the team to release him so he could begin a 30-day rehabilitation stint back in the U.S.''

Karnes said Lofton's recovery is expected to take 60 days, after which the SEC's all-time leading 3-point shooter will return to the free-agent market.

Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball and can be followed on twitter at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32

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Comments » 8

Bigger_Al writes:

Dude can shoot the rock. He'll be back.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Stay with it Chris...your time will come.

mytrifecta writes:

Dammit, this kid can't seem to buy a break. He's a great person, player and representative of UT and I hope he's able to recover and resume his career.

give_him_6 writes:

Keep with it kid!!!

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to volman2010:

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Ut would be foolish to rehire Bruce Pearl. The NCAA would never leave us alone. Get over it, he is done, and is now selling groceries

Volunatic writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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I don't consider Bill Sansom to be a "UT guy". He didn't go to UT. Although he served on the Board, he was TERRIBLE at it, and was largely responsible for the disastrous hire of John Shumaker as President.
Bill Sansom is a smart businessman-- he hired Bruce Pearl because Bruce Pearl is a GREAT marketing guy. It was a business decision, not a "UT" decision.
I do agree that Lofton was a classy player though. I hope he can continue to make a living playing basketball for a while, but I feel sure that he will be successful in his endeavors after his playing days, also.

fratricide08 writes:

I taught Lofton. He was one sweet-natured guy with loads of charisma and looks to spare but he was lazy in the classroom. What made it more frustrating is he had the smarts to do well. Don't know what that says about him as a pro, if he's still the same way when it comes to studying plays, but there it is.

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to fratricide08:

I taught Lofton. He was one sweet-natured guy with loads of charisma and looks to spare but he was lazy in the classroom. What made it more frustrating is he had the smarts to do well. Don't know what that says about him as a pro, if he's still the same way when it comes to studying plays, but there it is.

Probably relatively little. I don't know many history majors that take their math seriously. These guys are in all honesty basketball majors for better or worse. If he fulfilled the terms of academic eligibility, then I figure any griping should be directed at the people who set the low standards.

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