Safety Janzen Jackson withdraws from Tennessee

Dooley announces Pope, Askew, Meline have also left program

Tennesse defensive back Janzen Jackson goes in to the huddle against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. UT lost the game 16-14 after a defensive penalty in the final play of the game. Jackson is from Lake Charles, La.

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennesse defensive back Janzen Jackson goes in to the huddle against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. UT lost the game 16-14 after a defensive penalty in the final play of the game. Jackson is from Lake Charles, La.

Shortly after the first significant shakeup of his coaching staff became official, Derek Dooley was hit with one to his roster.

The Tennessee coach will be without the player widely considered to be his best heading into spring practice, and there’s no timetable for a return.

After parting ways with defensive line coach Chuck Smith on Sunday, safety Janzen Jackson withdrew from school Monday to continuing dealing with the personal problems that forced him to miss workouts in December before the Music City Bowl.

His decision to leave school rules him out of team functions this semester and leaves his status with UT unclear heading into what would be his junior season.

“Janzen continues to battle personal issues of which our program is always going to be very supportive of,” Dooley said. “His withdrawal from school has nothing to do with disciplinary reasons on the football team and everything to do with a continuing battle of deep personal issues, of which we’re very supportive of.”

Jackson will have to handle them all away from team activities for at least the rest of this spring, though he could conceivably return by fall practice if his issues are taken care of even without passing credits this spring due to a one-time missed-semester NCAA waiver.

Dooley’s roster heading into spring practice next month also became clearer with the announced departures of sophomore defensive back Ted Meline, redshirt sophomore linebacker Jerod Askew and senior offensive lineman Cody Pope.

Meline withdrew from school as well for personal reasons, Askew was dismissed for violation of team rules and Pope appears headed for a medical exemption for his lingering stinger issue and is also no longer a part of the program.

As he did throughout bowl preparation, Dooley refused to provide any details on Jackson’s personal matter or address the likelihood of Jackson returning to the program — aside from reiterating his support for the second-team All-SEC performer.

Jackson has had some previous trouble during his career with the Vols, including a high-profile incident in November 2009 with a pair of former teammates in an alleged attempted armed robbery in which charges against him were dropped.

Jackson also had an additional suspension for violation of team rules handed down during his freshman season, but he earned nothing but positive reviews from Dooley throughout his sophomore campaign and his absence leading up to the bowl game.

“His leaving for bowl practice was not a punishment, and as long as he continues to manage his personal issues and football and school, he’s going to be welcomed back in the program,” Dooley said. “He’s clearly reached a point where the personal issues have become much greater than his ability to manage workouts and school.

“Until he gets a little clarity on those issues, we’re going to support him.”

The Vols did have one other issue cleared up in the secondary with the suspension of Art Evans being lifted.

The senior cornerback missed the last five games of the season dealing with problems tied to late car payments, but those appear to have been addressed and he has been given permission to return to offseason workouts with UT and will be available for spring practice.

“Art Evans has had his suspension lifted, so he’s working out with the team,” Dooley said. “He cleaned up his compliance concerns, and he’s been reinstated, approved and ready to go.”

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward

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TNParker writes:

That hurts... whats the deal?

cbbowlingmd writes:

I knew this was coming.

DiegoVol writes:

Family comes first no matter what. Take care of things and come back soon.

dbc5361 writes:

Typical, not surprised.

Vol43 writes:

Janzen Jackson. What a talent. This has become a revolving door of surpizes.

JohnnyU writes:

A blow, to be sure, but better to let him go get this cleared up and take advantage of the missed semester waiver. I sure hope it is something that can be resolved, or at least stabilized. Dooley seems to be very reasonable during all this and managing it well.

PeeEllthree writes:

This has been coming. Didn't anyone wonder why so many db's were signed?

will_austin writes:

Man I hate that. But I wish him well with whatever he has to deal with. Once a Vol, always a Vol.

423tiger18 writes:

This blows...I feel bad for Janzen and CDD...don't know what kind of issues he is faced with but me and mine will be praying for him.

Go Vols!!

dgcarter43 writes:

I hope Janzen can get his personal issues resolved. He is a valuable member of the team. Coach Dooley is really standing by his player and should really encourage Janzen knowing he is welcome back and his issues are being kept private. We don't need any more atrition on this team.

pammyvol1000 writes:

Yep.. so did Meline.Askew is gone and Pope not returning...

PeeEllthree writes:

I posted weeks ago that JJ wasn't going to be around.

Bigger_Al writes:

Fiddle Faddle. Frick. Eff, eff, eff.

tnsportsman writes:

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OUTSTANDING Marine, LOL! Those PUNK LOSER TROLLS, come play backyard tackle football PUNKS, Dare Ya!

Good luck JJ and hope we see you in the Fall at Tennessee!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

BillyVol writes:

The gift that keeps on giving - Lame (I am embarrassed)

Bogus writes:

Hope it's more like when Jason Parker had to leave and come back than when Dee Morley did the same (very different end results). And yes, I do realize Janzen isn't in trouble. I'm thinking about the manner of his return, if there is one.

As for Pope, you had to know it was over; the same with Askew. Meline threw me for a loop, though.

shipperman#280095 writes:

Joy, joy, whats next? I heard on the Sports Animal today that a letter from the NCAA is forthcoming this week. I am afraid to read the news. But By Gawd, no matter what, I will always be all Orange

BillyVol writes:

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What! you sorry something, none of these players were recruited by our Coach. Take your sorry --- off this site.

vol_till_i_die writes:

Prayers for Janzen and his family! Best of luck to him, and definitely hoping for his return!

kazoo writes:

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You are just blowing smoke, dude. Coach Smith isn't a real coach--he's more of a physical trainer, it sounds like. If he were a good coach, he'd still be on the staff.

Bogus writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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You're really reaching, aren't you? It's getting pretty sad. My suggestion to you is to take a vacation, take up a new hobby, or walk into the path of an eighteen-wheeler. Anything that can improve your sad little life.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Hard times continue to fall on Tennessee football. When will it end?

Fryinpansvols writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Good call idiot Vandy fan! How can a coach that has coached one year at UT be over rated? I think he did a good job considering. And by the way, how do you think James Franklin will do at Vandy? My guess is he will be 3-9 or 4-8 at best and no bowl!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

I guess they would all rather go play for mississippi gulf community college. so that would make that 09 recruiting class basically non existant. I dont see too much improvement now for next year, especially defensively. We are going backwards on d. Oh yea, who in the hell is peter sirmon and how did he get our lb coach job?

mdvol writes:

Enter Byron Moore.

JSamson7 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Your name should read WeCantStandYou! And if you didn't see, a poster pre-empted your lame comments, or did that Vandy degree teach you how NOT to read & follow directions?? While you're at it, why don't you post your website, number, & business name on here again like you said you've done many times before unless you lied about that one too...

TKO writes:

bad news and bad news....Art Evans returning. Tackles like a dead man.
Best wishes for JJ.

Vol43 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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CantStandSaban is your son proud of you. Answer the question.

iadvol writes:

Three more of Kiffs 4 star prized recruits bite the dust. The 2009 class is giving the 2008 class a run for its money. The two darkest back to back years in the history of our storied program. Time to move on and look forward to a deep SEC run in 2012 and beyone. Glad Pope is gone!

Vol43 writes:

CantStandSaban answer the question

mercuryvol writes:

Hope this young man's life takes a positive turn and I'll be praying for him and his family.He's a big part of the UT team.I think CDD is handling this well.

clvolfan writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Maybe you should change your post-name,instead of cscoachsaban to CSCDD.Guess you don't like any of them-maybe Gino or something!!!!!!!

mercuryvol writes:

in response to Vol43:

CantStandSaban answer the question

Give up 43,he never answers anything. Virtual uselessness defined.

Vol43 writes:

cantStandSaban do you live in Nashville?

JSamson7 writes:

in response to mercuryvol:

Give up 43,he never answers anything. Virtual uselessness defined.

Right on.. He has no spine just like his program has no program...

Vol43 writes:

I hate that sob and his son attends UT. How humiliated his boy would be to discover that his dad is such a fool.

huntined#565710 writes:

Thing about it is we can still beat KY. and VANDY without using any DB'S.

Vol43 writes:

sorry guys for taking up quality time over that pos. I love UT. GO VOLS!!!!!!!

PeeEllthree writes:

He started from scratch last year and focused on building a foundation, focused on changing the culture of the program. That's what DD has preached. It hurts now, but trimming the fat happens when you are revamping a program and there will be a couple kids each year. Better them leave now, then to become a an unwilling part of the UT team. Pope is odd, Meline just wants to go home, Askew is a bust, JJ is an all american, but he's got issues. Big issues. We are 2 years away from making a run and the chances JJ would be around then are nyet. Might as well move on and get the next all SEC safety on the field. It stinks, but does anyone not have some sense of relief? I do, a little. It's because I'm focused on 2 yrs from now and not tomorrow.

everydayisorange writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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You think it's hilarious that this young man is experiencing some sort of personal crisis. For all that anyone knows, this young man may have a life threatening illness or maybe a family member. I always thought you were a piece of shat, now I know it. Just hope this old man never finds out who you are, because I,m old and dying soon and I don't give a damn to take you with me You sorry S.O.B. piece of shat.

Vol43 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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You are making me cry. Do you think he is the only one to see that stuff? Huh? You want to cry? Maybe we should have kept Fulmer. You talk about crying. Do you live in Nashville? I've been waiting for this moment for a long time so don't screw it up.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Don't worry Vandy. Your team can make 2-10 for the third consecutive year with no problems.

vol88 writes:

Hey Vol fans, JJ is dealing with something and our coach is supportive of it. Can we please not sink to the level of the loser trolls on here? Let's rise up for UT just in case JJ and his family are reading this thread. GBO!

huntined#565710 writes:

JJ will take care of his problems and return and as soon as he can he will go PRO. He will be a great DB in the pro's like Berry because he is a HITTER.

BillyVol writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Wow, if I had endured all that, I would not be coming on this site at all. I would be going to a shrink to see if I could understand all of it. Why are you taking your misery out on the TRUE and LOYAL fans of Tennessee.

mercuryvol writes:

in response to Vol43:

sorry guys for taking up quality time over that pos. I love UT. GO VOLS!!!!!!!

No prob,43.I wouldn't believe that anything he has ever posted is true. Hate to see true fans worked up over a fabricated creature that doesn't even exist. GO VOLS!

mountainbrook writes:

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The list of quitter coaches at Vandy is getting long too. Can your current coach make three quitters in a row?

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Sorry to hear about this, but I saw it coming a while back...Hopefully, Eddrick Loften(if he qualifies) or Byron Moore will take his place...It's a good thing the coaching staff recruited so many DB's....The coaches definitely know what they're doing, so I will trust that they will do what they need to do.

Good luck to you JJ..hope you get your personal issues worked out and return to the team..I'm sure Coach Dooley will welcome you back with open arms..Family comes first and I know that as good as anyone.

CSS...Mind your own d@mn business..I will tell you what is HILARIOUS is you continue to come on here on gloat about how great Vandy is gonna be with their new coach(whatever his name is)..I guess by great, you mean 3 or 4 games, which would be a step up for Vandy.

tdforvols writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Did you even read the story? This situation has NOTHING to do with football.

Clad_In_Big_Orange writes:

Why do I have the feeling it's a drug issue?

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