Derek Dooley: Da'Rick Rogers 'still a part of our football team'

Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers catches a pass against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. UT lost to UK for the first time since 1984 with a score of 10-7.

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers catches a pass against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. UT lost to UK for the first time since 1984 with a score of 10-7.

Any changes for Tennessee at wide receiver are related to the coaching staff, not the roster.

Despite widespread reports of pending discipline for star sophomore Da'Rick Rogers, including multiple sources within UT confirming the possibility to the News Sentinel, the program shot them down on Friday evening.

That leaves the vacancy left by the retirement of position coach Charlie Baggett as the only uncertainty at wide receiver, with Rogers continuing to wrap up classes for the semester and still currently in the plans for the Vols as they head into the offseason.

"Da'Rick Rogers has not been suspended," UT coach Derek Dooley said in a statement. "(He) is still a part of our football team."

There appeared to be some doubt about that after sources briefed on a team meeting but not authorized to speak publicly indicated that Rogers could be in line for the same sort of roster limbo that former Vols safety Janzen Jackson faced a year ago - not technically suspended but perhaps also not part of the program officially.

But Dooley seemed to make a clear distinction between the two players with his statement, and additional sources stressed throughout the day that Rogers was not facing any sort of punishment from the program.

Rogers finished the season as the most productive player for UT on offense and was among the top targets in the SEC while racking up 67 catches for 1,040 yards with nine touchdowns in the disappointing 5-7 season that ended with last weekend's 10-7 loss at Kentucky.

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dlravol2 writes:

And the bad news just keeps on coming!!

dontfeedthemikey writes:

What is going on in Knoxville?

allvolinatlanta writes:

What in the Wide World of Sports is this all about?

Hacksaw57 writes:

What the HECK is going on, NOW!

FranklinVol writes:

The news just keeps getting better

VolnJax5 writes:

Will it never end?

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say nothing official? Witch Doctor say then who are the sources and you really think if he was suspended no one would make it official with all these silly/crazy rumors flying around everywhere? Witch Doctor say it is the off season between semesters? Witch Doctor like a little more facts please..
Bones never lie.

SpiralBound writes:

Wow...

SeanJean writes:

I love being a vol fan. So much fun.

/sarcasm

volfanlostnbama writes:

man, what turmoil surrounds CDD & this program...wonder if ol' Charlie will come back now?

allvolinatlanta writes:

in response to volfanlostnbama:

man, what turmoil surrounds CDD & this program...wonder if ol' Charlie will come back now?

I thought it was already confirmed that Charlie is gone.

CheckerBoardMeanMachine writes:

C-ya Da BRICK " can't catch a cold" Rodgers! Go back to Ga.

PinballWizard writes:

How is this surprising to anyone? I hope they kick Bray and Rogers off the team, then we will be able to move forward?

etu_vol_fan writes:

This kid is a knucklehead. He needs to get his head on straight and act like a man instead of a little punk.

Orangeblood13 writes:

gee whiz

kingofthevols writes:

Is Rogers a Vol For Life? What about Dooley?

Volunatic writes:

in response to CheckerBoardMeanMachine:

C-ya Da BRICK " can't catch a cold" Rodgers! Go back to Ga.

"can't catch a cold"?

Did you watch him at all this season? Not sure about his character, but he's unquestionably one of the most talented WRs in the conference.

jone8191#247590 writes:

And the beat goes on!!!!!!!!!

Volon writes:

I was with a former Calhoun High school administrator Thursday. He said he was suprised that DaRick was still with the team. He was almost kicked out of Calhoun twice toward the end of his senior year.

Greyfeathers writes:

D'Brick needs to be D'Gone... He is not a team player and is interested in HIS stats only... Good riddance!!!

bigdisbig writes:

Send the punk and his punk friend Bray who did not want to play in a bowl packing. They are NOT VOLS. They are self centered cry babies. Both of them expressed to the team they did not want to play in a bowl. Maybe the Vols didn't deserve a bowl bid but to NOT want to play is not the character UT needs. I don't care how good everyone thinks Bray is, bottom line is he is a punk kid who does NOT deserve to weat the UT uniform. It would not surprise me if Bray intentionally played bad in the Ky. game. Dooley has NO guts if he doesn't address this situation immediately.

boston5761#559459 writes:

You loved this clown just two weeks ago, now you hate him.

Good ole tn "fans"

Pompey writes:

.....Rogers is reported to be one of the most disruptive players on the roster....locker room posion......practically attacked Baggett during KY game....

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Da'Rick has been cancerous for the team in many ways. As to JJ his problems were more of a personal nature, whereas, Da'Ricks include not only team rules, etc. but his attitude with the players and the coaches. Dooley seems to be taking charge of this matter and hopefully will do whatever it takes to get the TEAM and Coaches together, even if that involves losing Da'Rick.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

wtf....

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor cant remember Dooleys protocall about suspensions and things like that..It came out before ? was it on Mondays or Fridays when he made those? If its today hes breaking it. (?) or we have to wait till monday.
anyone remember ?
Bones never lie.
?

Volencheaters writes:

Total waste of talent. Can anyone say Nukese Richardson 2.0

MemphisHog writes:

in response to allvolinatlanta:

What in the Wide World of Sports is this all about?

I didn't know Slim Pickins posted on this board.

(You'll only get this if you are REALLY old...)

Volunatic writes:

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murrayvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say nothing official? Witch Doctor say then who are the sources and you really think if he was suspended no one would make it official with all these silly/crazy rumors flying around everywhere? Witch Doctor say it is the off season between semesters? Witch Doctor like a little more facts please..
Bones never lie.

C'mon Doc. You know the sky is falling as we speak.

lomas98 writes:

I wonder how many articles will be printed that say the same thing like the Baggit article yesterday? Can you imagine what the season would have been like if Darick was not part of it after Hunter went down. I say 3 wins. It's too bad he realized he was the only playmaker on offense and Dooley didn't reel him in. He knew he could act however he wanted and Dooley wouldn't do anything about it because Dooley knows he has to win now. I'm sure the players were not happy when 4 players got suspended for the KY game and Darick had nothing happen to him all season. What a mess.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to allvolinatlanta:

What in the Wide World of Sports is this all about?

Lot of rumors circulating on sports talk radio about his immature and individualistic attitude. He puts himself and his stats before the 'team'. It sucks to discipline your best players, but if DD doesn't take action now, he will become a cancer to the team, much like Kelley Washington was.

If the rumor is true, and he is being disciplined, hopefully it sends a message to everyone else.

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

Shoot, and I already had a necklace and a pocketbook picked out for D'Rick for Christmas, to go along with those two stud earings.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to murrayvol:

C'mon Doc. You know the sky is falling as we speak.

Witch Doctor just dont trust all the rumors and angles from the past week. Witch Doctor say he knows nothing and watching from the outside..thats all.
Bones never lie.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Volunatic:

"can't catch a cold"?

Did you watch him at all this season? Not sure about his character, but he's unquestionably one of the most talented WRs in the conference.

He's just doin' his job Volunatic.

423tiger18 writes:

in response to CheckerBoardMeanMachine:

C-ya Da BRICK " can't catch a cold" Rodgers! Go back to Ga.

Can't catch a cold? He leads the SEC in receptions, receiving yards and is second in touchdowns by a receiver...I think he can play, he just needs an attitude adjustment.He needs to know what it means to be a Tennessee Volunteer and Bleed Orange...IMHO he's all about DaRick..

thevoice writes:

The dumpster fire continues. Not surprised at all. "Hunched" this yesterday on GVX (to much negativity from other VOLers). This stuff isn't going away anytime soon. Basically, anyone with a negative, non-VOL attitude will be "weeded" out. The least of problems on this program consist of a 6-6 record in 2011.

Volunatic writes:

in response to MemphisHog:

I didn't know Slim Pickins posted on this board.

(You'll only get this if you are REALLY old...)

Harumph!

murrayvol writes:

in response to MemphisHog:

I didn't know Slim Pickins posted on this board.

(You'll only get this if you are REALLY old...)

Thanks a lot. :{)

Vol4Life35 writes:

You people are nuts. Yes, Da'Rick has some personallity issues that hurt the Vols and Bray is not far behind. But these are kids trying to become MEN. It would be crazy to say we don't need his talents, be even talent is not worth immaturity that can't be corrected. I'll hold my judgement until we find out if his attitude improves and see if he really wants to be a Tennessee Volunteer for Life.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to murrayvol:

C'mon Doc. You know the sky is falling as we speak.

*if true and he broke his own protocall about this he need to reassess what he is doing, but these are such small microcosms of the truth. Witch Doctor just saying he dont need that its true. I think its overblown until someone gets something official. it is between semesters.
Bones never lie.

thevoice writes:

I wonder if the tone of comments would be any different if we didn't have J Hunter to fall back on next year? Didn't he tweet "I'm done" after the UK game. Hmmm.

Volunatic writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Thanks a lot. :{)

You're in good company, MurrayVol!

Central_IL_Vol writes:

I have a good friend whose son had been in Knoxville during the Summer to work out with a former TN player. He said Rogers was asked to do something in a workout and let loose a tirade filled with expletives. Doesn't sound like a team player. If not, away with Da'Rick!

murrayvol writes:

I'll bet it's one of those damn "violation of team rules" things again. I hate it when that happens.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to PinballWizard:

How is this surprising to anyone? I hope they kick Bray and Rogers off the team, then we will be able to move forward?

Yes. If what I read from the article by Tony,both should be shown the door. Not tomorrow but now. They are both a cancer to this team if the article is anywhere near right. I now understand what Pool was talking about when he said no one wanted to be there.

dlravol2 writes:

So does Bray "throwing" the Kentucky game actually have legs?

govols1981 writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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totally agreed man.those two definitely need to go.we still have justin hunter and arnett,hope hunter will stay.i seen on volnation he may leave to pursue some olympic time.i hate to see whats happening,but im not a coach or anything over there.i can just sit and listen to all the reports.hopefully the staff is cleaning house for a reason.i will support the vols thick or thin.my orange blood is thicker than water.GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!

TommyJack writes:

Who is running the show over there? No spokesperson? Ridiculous.

Volunatic writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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Seems like he could have picked a better PAC-10 school to play for, but whatever.
I'd be much more concerned if it was Hunter leaving.

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