Jordan McRae suspended indefinitely from basketball team

Tennessee Jordan McRae yells out after drawing a foul against Indianapolis.

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Tennessee Jordan McRae yells out after drawing a foul against Indianapolis.

Jordan McRae

Jordan McRae

HARTFORD, Conn. — Tennessee freshman Jordan McRae has been suspended indefinitely from the men’s basketball team for a violation of team conduct.

“Jordan has exhibited some behavior recently that is unacceptable and a distraction to the team,’’ coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement released late Saturday night. “We’ll deal with this issue in-house, and my hope is that Jordan will use this as a learning and maturation opportunity.’’

A source on the team, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they lack the authorization to speak publicly on the specifics of the matter, said McRae’s suspension stemmed from a verbal altercation with a teammate on the team bus in Hartford.

McRae practiced with the team at the University of Hartford on Friday, but stayed at the team hotel during the Vols’ 72-61 loss to No. 8 Connecticut on Saturday at the XL Center.

“Jordan has coaches and teammates who all love and support him,’’ Pearl’s statement said. “We all want him to be an important member of the Tennessee basketball family. But that is a privilege, and he knows what’s expected of him.’’

A freshman from Midway, Ga., McRae played three minutes in Tennessee’s 59-57 win at Georgia on Tuesday after not getting playing time in the three previous contests.

McRae is an explosive 6-foot-6 leaper who figures prominently in the Vols’ future plans, as next season UT is expected to get back to pressing and playing 94 feet, as they did Pearl’s first four years as coach.

McRae has played in nine of the team’s 19 games this season.

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dap (Inactive) writes:

do do do another one bites the dust. do do do another one bites. and another another one gone and another one done. another one bites the dust. New UT Theme Song eh?

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

This is NOT good!! Hang in there Jordan!

Cue the trolls...3, 2, 1...

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Everybody will say that Hopson lost this game for us but you have to give the kid a break. There is no way he can get in any kind of rythm when he only plays 29 minutes a game. K Walker played 40 minutes and Hopson played 29 and T Harris played 32 and people wonder why we lost. Play your best players and if we get beat then fine but let's not get beat because our bench is not as good as their starters. There is no way you should get tired with a tv timeout every 4 minutes. And K Walker did not look tired at the end.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

I say he is tired to get suspended. If I had the athletic ability he did,and I got to watch Steven Pearl play 8 more minutes a game then me, then I would try to get kicked off for good.

orangevoltrain writes:

when it rains it pours nothing new something every year mens basketball,or football hopefully the football coaches will tighten up the raines and no off season problems. the problem might be the mens basketball team needs a major over haul or it might be the athletic directors fault CLEAN IT UP Tennessee!!!!

Reflections writes:

There's something about a pot and a kettle in this story. Pearl doesn't have much moral high ground from which to issue such edicts.

Gbovol writes:

Is Steven Pearl plalying so much because his mother required it in the divorce decree with his dad? He surely doesn't deserve to play because of his ability/

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Reflections:

There's something about a pot and a kettle in this story. Pearl doesn't have much moral high ground from which to issue such edicts.

Scenario: Your boss cheats on his wife. You screw up at work. Does your boss have the moral standing to punish you because he can't keep it in his pants? Absolutely.
Same thing here. McRae is a player on the team. Pearl is (for now) the coach. End of story.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Everybody will say that Hopson lost this game for us but you have to give the kid a break. There is no way he can get in any kind of rythm when he only plays 29 minutes a game. K Walker played 40 minutes and Hopson played 29 and T Harris played 32 and people wonder why we lost. Play your best players and if we get beat then fine but let's not get beat because our bench is not as good as their starters. There is no way you should get tired with a tv timeout every 4 minutes. And K Walker did not look tired at the end.

Ohhhhhhhhhhh stop making excuses for Ms One and Done, 29 minutes is not skimpy playing time and hands of bricks are not any function of "rythm" as some might suggest shooting may be--- was his airball after his 3 around the end of the game the result on not being on the floor enough to get into rythm???????---if he wasnt such a turnover machine maybe hed get a few more minutes but 29 minutes is fine----the other teams gets as many points off his presence on the court as he gives us

LEXKYVOLS writes:

in response to orangevoltrain:

when it rains it pours nothing new something every year mens basketball,or football hopefully the football coaches will tighten up the raines and no off season problems. the problem might be the mens basketball team needs a major over haul or it might be the athletic directors fault CLEAN IT UP Tennessee!!!!

Oh ya, Dooley will keep us out of trouble and we will continue to go 8-4, 9-3 and be happy. NOT! We are not Vandy. Sometime you have to take a chance on the problem kids to win National Titles.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Everybody will say that Hopson lost this game for us but you have to give the kid a break. There is no way he can get in any kind of rythm when he only plays 29 minutes a game. K Walker played 40 minutes and Hopson played 29 and T Harris played 32 and people wonder why we lost. Play your best players and if we get beat then fine but let's not get beat because our bench is not as good as their starters. There is no way you should get tired with a tv timeout every 4 minutes. And K Walker did not look tired at the end.

Not to be picky but I think Walker actually played 35 minutes....

tennrich1 writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Everybody will say that Hopson lost this game for us but you have to give the kid a break. There is no way he can get in any kind of rythm when he only plays 29 minutes a game. K Walker played 40 minutes and Hopson played 29 and T Harris played 32 and people wonder why we lost. Play your best players and if we get beat then fine but let's not get beat because our bench is not as good as their starters. There is no way you should get tired with a tv timeout every 4 minutes. And K Walker did not look tired at the end.

Scotty's main problem as I see it...BALL CONTROL...He just doesn't have the ability to be consistent with his ball control....sometimes, real bad hands....I know he probably won't...but one more year really wouldn't hurt him...

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

Again, nothing out of Cam Tatum. Tobias doesn't guard or rebound well. Take the name off the back of the Jersey and the nameless player{Steven Pearl) played solid minutes today. Josh Bone should get more minutes. Put Cam in time out.

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Not to be picky but I think Walker actually played 35 minutes....

He never came out of the game. We held him to his lowest total of the season. His supporting cast stepped up big and they won.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Scotty's main problem as I see it...BALL CONTROL...He just doesn't have the ability to be consistent with his ball control....sometimes, real bad hands....I know he probably won't...but one more year really wouldn't hurt him...

now why are you suggesting he would have anywhere he could go after this year??????-----------Turkey at best

USNVOL writes:

in response to dap:

do do do another one bites the dust. do do do another one bites. and another another one gone and another one done. another one bites the dust. New UT Theme Song eh?

dap=troll,go away little person

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Dang! Idiots!!! We didn't lose because of any ONE player. We lost as a team! Ok you're not all idiots, but our defense stopped the 2nd half and our offense just passed the ball in circles? Run a real play! Do we even KNOW what a SCREEN is? AND USE TWO HANDS TO CATCH THE BALL! Just like Coach T. taught us in baseball practice. Fields has NO hands but just bats the ball...the only 2 today that could catch and hold were Harris and SPEARL!! I gave GOINS a rough time on another article but the more I think about it we just have trouble sometimes catching the ball and moving with it. TATUM!! Are you trying to make me look bad on here? I've bragged many times at how good I thought you were!!!
Oh the article!! Yeh so what ! Another head case... He's young and hopefully will mature...If not we may not need him next year anyhow.lol (I don't recall any use of the word idiot)

USNVOL writes:

in response to MrPearl2:

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MrPearl2=LITTLE PERSON ,go away troll

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Not to be picky but I think Walker actually played 35 minutes....

OK there are 40 minutes in a basketball game and he never come out of the game. So I beliveve that he played 40 minutes and the box score states that fact as well. So before you are "picky" again make sure you know what you are talking about.

samvol writes:

This whole situation with Tenn BB is just bad. Pearl should just leave and take his staff with him, the players could careless if Pearl is their coach or not. nothing with this team is consistent and Pearl is the blame.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

any rumors on what he did to get suspended?

USNVOL writes:

in response to USNVOL:

MrPearl2=LITTLE PERSON ,go away troll

MrPreal2,
Still a little person,now do what I told you and GO AWAY TROLL :)

dap (Inactive) writes:

in response to USNVOL:

MrPreal2,
Still a little person,now do what I told you and GO AWAY TROLL :)

you're spamming the site and getting your posts removed. Might want to rethink who the "troll" is.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

I say he is tired to get suspended. If I had the athletic ability he did,and I got to watch Steven Pearl play 8 more minutes a game then me, then I would try to get kicked off for good.

You sound bitter Coach.Did momma cut you off again?

halfacre65 writes:

What is wrong with these kids now days? Football and basketball teams both have a bunch of players with their heads up their rear ends.

This kind of phooey didn't happen when I was playing, wonder why? Oh that what, my parents whould have beaten me and disowned me. Nowdays it's. Don't whip them, your violating their rights and they can sue you. Bunch of horsecrap.

chrisw2967 writes:

Mcrae is probably tired of watching Mcmiss and Pearl jr get minutes with neither one of them can carry his jock.Its not even fair to try and compare his ability to either one of these clowns.Like I posted before,word around town is he is going to transfer.I would already be gone if I was him.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to Reflections:

There's something about a pot and a kettle in this story. Pearl doesn't have much moral high ground from which to issue such edicts.

Only in the fact that both a pot and a kettle must have fallen squarely on your head for such a moronic post. COACH Bruce Pearl has a responsibility to enforce discipline when warranted. To not understand that is really, well, stupid.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to dap:

you're spamming the site and getting your posts removed. Might want to rethink who the "troll" is.

Huh? what post by USN was removed? I didn't see one on this thread. Please show it to me. Maybe I'm going blind. Or, you're just making sh_T up, which is a more plausible theory.

LEXKYVOLS writes:

Not sure where I read this, but really feel a little better about the future of the BB program by what Pearl said, "They do not know the whole story", talking about the ESPN Gameday Talking heads. Meaning, yes, they said 99% of the schools would have already fired Pearl, but again, they do not know the entire story.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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Replace could with should

USNVOL writes:

in response to dap:

you're spamming the site and getting your posts removed. Might want to rethink who the "troll" is.

daptroll maybe you should read the post again and see who got thier post removed,it was your trolling buddy MrPreal2,or is that you ,are you one of the same/
Go away troll.

USNVOL writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

Huh? what post by USN was removed? I didn't see one on this thread. Please show it to me. Maybe I'm going blind. Or, you're just making sh_T up, which is a more plausible theory.

Hey support,
Old daptroll got his/her facts all sucked up.
He/she is a troll no matter how you cut it.
DAP=TROLL=DAPTROLL
Go Navy

Bigger_Al writes:

Cool off, Jordan. You will be a Sophomore before you know it, and everything will be better.

rockytopnation16 writes:

I need more information. What did Jordan specifically do?

BigVolinCarolina writes:

in response to voladmiral:

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Count again--it's 7 months, 12 days until kickoff.

smokies_old_soul writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Scotty's main problem as I see it...BALL CONTROL...He just doesn't have the ability to be consistent with his ball control....sometimes, real bad hands....I know he probably won't...but one more year really wouldn't hurt him...

you are suggesting that Scotty Hopson won't be willing to stay for his senior season at Tennessee ?? exactly where would he be going - to play for the Knox Galaxy semi-pro team with Dane Bradshaw ?

Hopson will be lucky to get a contract in a european league - and that's after he stays another season in knoxville and maybe improves his game. however, given his rate of improvement to this point, i don't see much hope for the kid.

bobbytodd writes:

in response to smokies_old_soul:

you are suggesting that Scotty Hopson won't be willing to stay for his senior season at Tennessee ?? exactly where would he be going - to play for the Knox Galaxy semi-pro team with Dane Bradshaw ?

Hopson will be lucky to get a contract in a european league - and that's after he stays another season in knoxville and maybe improves his game. however, given his rate of improvement to this point, i don't see much hope for the kid.

Bingo! The only time in his LIFE he makes it to the NBA is if he buys a ticket. NBA players would pick him apart on defense and take the ball from him before he had time to make a move.

Reflections writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

Only in the fact that both a pot and a kettle must have fallen squarely on your head for such a moronic post. COACH Bruce Pearl has a responsibility to enforce discipline when warranted. To not understand that is really, well, stupid.

COACH Bruce Pearl forfeited his moral authority to enforce discipline when he decided he could run a program without integrity from the leadership. All he has left now is 'do as I say not as I do.' Yes, as long as he's COACH Bruce Pearl he can enforce discipline, but his enforcement of said discipline has a pretty hollow ring to it.

TommyJack writes:

This thread really brought out the mullets.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

what an idiotic post!!

tennrich1 writes:

in response to osbymartin#581730:

He never came out of the game. We held him to his lowest total of the season. His supporting cast stepped up big and they won.

I'm just going on the end of game stats given on radio broadcast....you may be correct...Wilkerson just said 35 minutes though...

tennrich1 writes:

in response to smokies_old_soul:

you are suggesting that Scotty Hopson won't be willing to stay for his senior season at Tennessee ?? exactly where would he be going - to play for the Knox Galaxy semi-pro team with Dane Bradshaw ?

Hopson will be lucky to get a contract in a european league - and that's after he stays another season in knoxville and maybe improves his game. however, given his rate of improvement to this point, i don't see much hope for the kid.

Never said he would get a contract....but if you follow NCAA basketball, it happens more times than not...I have two close friends who played major college BB (one with the Vols recently) who left and should not have...and is now working like crazy to make a living...you are assuming that I was assuming he would land a contract...Try and stay with me here....and lighten up on the kid...believe you me he wants to win more than us fat, arm chair over the hill critics....

tennrich1 writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

OK there are 40 minutes in a basketball game and he never come out of the game. So I beliveve that he played 40 minutes and the box score states that fact as well. So before you are "picky" again make sure you know what you are talking about.

Easy thar Francis...Easy...it's just a game...your life doesnt ( or shouldnt depend on it)....going by what Wilkerson said on post game...he could have been wrong...you must be new around here....

LiveFaith writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

Scenario: Your boss cheats on his wife. You screw up at work. Does your boss have the moral standing to punish you because he can't keep it in his pants? Absolutely.
Same thing here. McRae is a player on the team. Pearl is (for now) the coach. End of story.

+1

Pearl's taking his lumps. Jordan has to take his. High Ground accomplished.

I hope he (and the other) recover and come back stronger.

tmartin writes:

Unsure about Scotty and Tobias next year? Tobias isnt ready to go anywhere and Scotty NEVER will be.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to MrPearl2:

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Mcraes hometown isnt Atlanta.Its liberty county and thats almost 4 hrs away.Get it right if your going to post BS

LiveFaith writes:

in response to tmartin:

Unsure about Scotty and Tobias next year? Tobias isnt ready to go anywhere and Scotty NEVER will be.

He had a pretty bad game, but he's actually played well the past few. 2nd half of VU, he looked ready. Ya never know. Marcus Haislip played in the league and left early. I didn't see that one coming.

clvolfan writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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I agree,and hookerlistner was not seeing the same game as we were.Harris never is the go-to guy and works for all he gets,and usually has control of the ball.In one of the previous games,the tv announcer made the comment that UT should find a way to get him more involved.And if his future is in doubt at UT,it probably is because the future is not too bright as a VOL. Too bad Coach Mears didn't have Hopson.He would have been on the bench for most of this one.He lost this one for rest of the team.I just hope it was he who McCrae was yelling at, that got him suspended.

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

in response to BigVolinCarolina:

Count again--it's 7 months, 12 days until kickoff.

I'm feeling better already. GO VOLS!

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

in response to MrPearl2:

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Was you on the bus Gus?! If Pearl is pinochio does that make you the Lyin' King? You are woman hear you roar. GO VOLS!

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