Donors were on team bus during Jordan McRae incident

Bruce Pearl on Jordan McRae's suspension

Tennessee freshman guard Jordan McRae photographed in September 2010.

Photo by Adam Brimer

Tennessee freshman guard Jordan McRae photographed in September 2010.

Tennessee freshman wing Jordan McRae has been suspended from the Vols’ practices and games this week after a verbal altercation on the team bus last Friday.

UT men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl, who referred to McRae’s suspension as a “violation of team conduct,” announced McRae would miss practices and games at his Monday news conference.

McRae did not play in Saturday’s loss at Connecticut and his suspension was announced after the game.

“What has been reported is accurate,’’ Pearl said. “Jordan has been suspended indefinitely.’’

McRae practiced with the team at the University of Hartford on Friday prior to the team’s tour of ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.

Sources that witnessed what happened after that, speaking on the condition of anonymity because UT is not releasing the details of the incident, have told the News Sentinel that McRae got into a verbal altercation with a teammate on the bus ride back.

On the way back from the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn., with UT donors riding on the same bus, the players’ playful banter grew loud, according to sources.

Pearl, who coached against Connecticut, did not accompany the team on the bus to ESPN studios.

That left Vols associate head coach Tony Jones in charge, and Jones went to the back of the bus to ask the players to quiet down out of respect to the donors.

The noise subsided for a while, but the banter grew loud again, and this time inappropriate language was used by McRae.

Vols assistant coach Steve Forbes made the next trip to the back of the bus, quieting things down for the remainder of the ride.

The UT assistant coaches met with Pearl upon arriving back at the team hotel, and after calling McRae’s parents, it was determined that suspending McRae for his language would be the proper course of action, according to the sources.

Pearl has not set the length of the suspension, but he said he does have a timetable in mind.

McRae will practice on his own until rejoining the team.

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Comments » 58

BigVolinCarolina writes:

This just gets a little more interesting. Or, perhaps, odd.

Hope everything (and everyone) gets straightened out.

texasvol73 writes:

There is no way you can keep a team together and this stuff from happening when your leader is busted for doing wrong. I really think this season is going to be very long. We just need to get through it and re-start next season.

bobbarbilly writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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Sounds like those involved have no respect for anybody.

TommyJack writes:

in response to texasvol73:

There is no way you can keep a team together and this stuff from happening when your leader is busted for doing wrong. I really think this season is going to be very long. We just need to get through it and re-start next season.

Whoa. I'm thinking one had nothing to do with the other.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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Using your logic then ZZ,I suppose todays story on the Gator getting busted rolling a fatty in the club means he don't respect Coach Little Willie?...Cool post, Zbob.

OrangePride writes:

Hmmmm.......understandably a lot questions raised about respect for coaches. I am just wondering, had that been Pat Summitt who traveled to the back of the bus, would that behavior have stopped and stayed that way? Better yet, would it even start had she been in charge of that bus? Just wonderin.

baldingalum writes:

Did the Vols get 4 star running back Marlin Lane?

baldingalum writes:

It's being reported on Rivals. That's a big score. Let's spread the good word. Information from secret sources about 18 year olds upsetting dowagers is about as riveting as "Murder She Wrote."

dvols writes:

thats the problem everywhere..these kids dont respect the hand that is feeding them....

stompintheswamp2 writes:

in response to baldingalum:

Did the Vols get 4 star running back Marlin Lane?

GVX will let you know for a small fee. But you gotta wait until everyone else on the planet reports it first.

bigorange61 writes:

Come on people, lets get rolling. Blame Pearl, Jones, Forbes, Hamilton, Fulmer, the refs, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Geno, Pat, Kiffin even. God forbid put the blame squarely where it belongs. On Jordan McRae.

huntined#565710 writes:

Let him say he is sorry for the language like CAL did and move on. Those donors have heard things before and maybe some of them have used the same language in their lifetime...

stompintheswamp2 writes:

in response to stompintheswamp2:

GVX will let you know for a small fee. But you gotta wait until everyone else on the planet reports it first.

LOL 3 minutes after I posted this, I checked Rivals and Lane is on the UT commitment list. Like I said, everybody on the planet beats GVX. And to think it will be a pay story when it finally prints.

allvols4life writes:

in response to baldingalum:

Did the Vols get 4 star running back Marlin Lane?

According to Rivals, yes. And that pushed UT up to 16th in overall class. 5th in the SEC. I am sure that is still not good enough for some people and the other offers he received will not be good enough for some others. Hope he works out better than Bryce Brown and David Oku. I can see him being a force in a couple of years.

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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Eh, I kinda doubt it's that big of a deal. Kids using bad language in front of donor is definitely not a good thing though. Probably should keep him off the court for a little while to learn his lesson.

clvolfan writes:

in response to baldingalum:

Did the Vols get 4 star running back Marlin Lane?

Yes,today.

clvolfan writes:

Not much said about the donors here.They really speak loudly,don't they PHIL?

MothershipChip writes:

They suspended him for cussing in front of the donors? Really.....really?! You gotta be kidding me.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

ever been on a male team??

ever been on a team bus full of maies??

If not, well, it has a passing resemblance to the fact that young men do, at times, curse.

I know, I know, they shouldn't. But, they do.

Hopefully Jordan gets to church, and reads the bible story about killing women and bashing babies...but NO f-bombs!!

tnvol4ever writes:

Suspend Woolridge and McRae for 4 games and they can watch the games at CBP's after the BBQ. Sounds like McRae can help Woolridge with the the rap lyrics and help CBP be more like coach Cal.

pms151 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Whoa. I'm thinking one had nothing to do with the other.

Agree, however this seems to be overkill on the staff's part. Seems like a bit too much concern for the donors' perceived opinions and clout.

pms151 writes:

in response to thetrollhunter:

Eh, I kinda doubt it's that big of a deal. Kids using bad language in front of donor is definitely not a good thing though. Probably should keep him off the court for a little while to learn his lesson.

Probably good to keep the donors off the bus, and of course, Pearl should have manned up and went on the visit to ESPN. None of this would have happened if he had shown the strength that he says he has after the lies.

ctownvol writes:

in response to Claudettevol:

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Yes Nancy, and lil Willie made the promise that they will be doing things in Gagsville "The Florida Way", yet Mr Jenkins seemed to ignore slick Willy's demands and sparked it up anyway. Looks like the top 1% is still going strong. Maybe you should worry about how the probation officers are over-worked down there trying to enforce the "Florida Way" and not worry so much about a UT b-ball player cussing on a bus.

DannyVol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Whoa. I'm thinking one had nothing to do with the other.

I have to agree with Texasvol...how in the world can you enforce discipline and set/maintain standards as a suspended head coach?

vol_4_fan writes:

I am a CBP supporter but I am thinking that he could/should have sit this trip/game out also. The Vols had seemed to get adjusted to CTJ the past 2 games and with 4 more left, the UCONN game was a chance for CBP to keep the focus on the team's play. It also would have been better in the eye's of those watching. Just my opinion. Go Vols!

sheep writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

ever been on a male team??

ever been on a team bus full of maies??

If not, well, it has a passing resemblance to the fact that young men do, at times, curse.

I know, I know, they shouldn't. But, they do.

Hopefully Jordan gets to church, and reads the bible story about killing women and bashing babies...but NO f-bombs!!

Amazing how you only talk about the parts of the bible that you want to, and out of context no less. These actions were performed on the heathen because Gods people were told not to intermingle with these types of people( Good idea for today). These things were done in the acts of war which is a different situation than plain murder. The Bible is plain that abortion rape, and murder are sin, but that is just like most people, havent read enough Bible to be knowledgeable, but enough to be dangerous. Jordan and all the team need to attend a Bible believing church that they may know how to conduct themselves as men and role models to our children, and how to change who they are through Jesus Christ.
BAAAAAAAAAA Man dotn not live by bread only but by EVERY WORD that procedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. Deuteronomy 8:3 Says the Sheep.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Hmmmm.......understandably a lot questions raised about respect for coaches. I am just wondering, had that been Pat Summitt who traveled to the back of the bus, would that behavior have stopped and stayed that way? Better yet, would it even start had she been in charge of that bus? Just wonderin.

Wondering not necessary, my friend. The LVs would have been hidden in books and or papers either studying for classes or the next opponent.

Apples and Oranges. Bruce Pearl is a self-promoting carnival barker. Coach Summit is one of the best basketball coaches in the history of the sport and a true leader and mentor of young people.

The only question is... where was Bruce Pearl?

lshiple2 writes:

in response to ctownvol:

Yes Nancy, and lil Willie made the promise that they will be doing things in Gagsville "The Florida Way", yet Mr Jenkins seemed to ignore slick Willy's demands and sparked it up anyway. Looks like the top 1% is still going strong. Maybe you should worry about how the probation officers are over-worked down there trying to enforce the "Florida Way" and not worry so much about a UT b-ball player cussing on a bus.

Wait, isn't jenkins the guy that can still do a lightning fast 40 while getting Tasered by the cops?

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/st...

Yep.

Sounds like he IS doing it "the Florida Way"

OrangePride writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Wondering not necessary, my friend. The LVs would have been hidden in books and or papers either studying for classes or the next opponent.

Apples and Oranges. Bruce Pearl is a self-promoting carnival barker. Coach Summit is one of the best basketball coaches in the history of the sport and a true leader and mentor of young people.

The only question is... where was Bruce Pearl?

I suppose the question was kind of rhetorical. And you are right, PS is, without question or fear of contradiction, one of the best coaches in all of sports.....in any generation. I'm not quite so down on BP, but your question as to his whereabouts is fair. We don't know.

bUTchVFL writes:

We are ultimately going to have to pay the piper on this Pearl thing. McRay is not helping us get a fresh start.

elmoe writes:

Splendid Suspended coach suspends splendid player!

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

in response to sheep:

Amazing how you only talk about the parts of the bible that you want to, and out of context no less. These actions were performed on the heathen because Gods people were told not to intermingle with these types of people( Good idea for today). These things were done in the acts of war which is a different situation than plain murder. The Bible is plain that abortion rape, and murder are sin, but that is just like most people, havent read enough Bible to be knowledgeable, but enough to be dangerous. Jordan and all the team need to attend a Bible believing church that they may know how to conduct themselves as men and role models to our children, and how to change who they are through Jesus Christ.
BAAAAAAAAAA Man dotn not live by bread only but by EVERY WORD that procedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. Deuteronomy 8:3 Says the Sheep.

It is amazing how I can do that, huh. I'll defend that 'amazing' ability as long as I have the ability to do so.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

Coach is coach until he ain't coach.

tennrich1 writes:

Other than this being completely uncalled for and out of bounds, if we werent under the microscope this would have been handled with very little coverage.

MikeInTN writes:

Wonder what would have happened if this incident had taken place with a Mike Kryzyzewski or Tom Izzo coached team?

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Win at all costs! Is that what I'm hearing from the fanatics like navel?

Drugs, guns, flunking out of school, cheating, lying, and covering up? That's okay provided we win more games and sell-out arenas?

Pearl has never appeared to be in control of his players and this is but another example.

brokendownoldvol writes:

Explains alot about this team. How can TN get away from having so many thugs? This junk has been going on for too long. Maybe that's all kids today know. They sure don't know reading , writing, or history anymore. I have to hire young people and it'e the same with them not just athletes.

cargen#1339565 writes:

I t is easy to see that most posters have never dealt with a bus load of high hormone carriers in tennis shoes.They get loud to drown out all the other banter that is going on and invariably lose control of their feelings and erupt. Picking on each other is still in vogue with college players of all types. No one is going to outdo me>>>>> I'll show them.Take a boy 50 miles from home and give him #100 and you can tell what he is made of. Some people cannot resist the temptation to be obnoxious and loud.

UKblue02 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Hmmmm.......understandably a lot questions raised about respect for coaches. I am just wondering, had that been Pat Summitt who traveled to the back of the bus, would that behavior have stopped and stayed that way? Better yet, would it even start had she been in charge of that bus? Just wonderin.

I have had the opprotunity to met coach Summitt,and she is both a great coach and person to boot, she would not have to go to the back of the bus, one look from her seat would have stopped it right there.

elmoe writes:

in response to cargen#1339565:

I t is easy to see that most posters have never dealt with a bus load of high hormone carriers in tennis shoes.They get loud to drown out all the other banter that is going on and invariably lose control of their feelings and erupt. Picking on each other is still in vogue with college players of all types. No one is going to outdo me>>>>> I'll show them.Take a boy 50 miles from home and give him #100 and you can tell what he is made of. Some people cannot resist the temptation to be obnoxious and loud.

Agreed! Like this guy who is quite a bit older but
doesn't seem to have matured much.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx3cme...

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Will be great to get all this NCAA and Bruce stuff settled. The incident with Jordan will soon be forgotten. The incident with Bruce will linger for at least another 6-8 months and will greatly affect recruiting for several years and has already shown a negative impact on recruiting. Don't we often expect young people to behave much better than adults? I will guarantee you that Bruce uses language just as foul as any Jordan apparently used. Having been around athletics for many years, I would suggest that the disagreement was related to playing time or some related matter.

BigOSammO writes:

Quit acting like a bunch of deadbeats and play ball. These guys have free college, free food, clothing, housing, allowances, best training facilities in the country.....and then act like this?!!! A lot of these guys come from tough upbringings and STILL don't appreciate the fact that they are given anything and everything simply to represent UT and play ball. I have been with Bruce during this turmoil, but if things don't improve (fundamentals on the court / off the court nonsense), I am going to question whether he still has a grip on this program. The micro-cosm that keeps popping into my head is Scotty Hopson playing zero defense and the one play that he was the only man up for a rebound against UCONN, he proceeds to bat the ball up in the air with 2 hands, like a volleyball set, rather than grab the rebound. UNCONN gets ball, makes layup as Hopson fouls the guy. 3 point play. CMAWN MAN! Let's turn this ship around, starting with LSU tomorrow.

Vols_Epiphany writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Win at all costs! Is that what I'm hearing from the fanatics like navel?

Drugs, guns, flunking out of school, cheating, lying, and covering up? That's okay provided we win more games and sell-out arenas?

Pearl has never appeared to be in control of his players and this is but another example.

CHANGE YOUR SCREEN NAME.

sheep writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

It is amazing how I can do that, huh. I'll defend that 'amazing' ability as long as I have the ability to do so.

As long as you understand that your statements are out of context and theologically ignorant, fine with me.
BAAAAAAAAAA Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed RIGHTLY DIVIDING the WORD OF TRUTH. 2 Timothy 2:15 Says the Sheep.

Loud_Proud writes:

in response to MothershipChip:

They suspended him for cussing in front of the donors? Really.....really?! You gotta be kidding me.

It's called respect and discipline. learn it and live it. That is why our society and world is the way it is today.

samvol writes:

in response to brokendownoldvol:

Explains alot about this team. How can TN get away from having so many thugs? This junk has been going on for too long. Maybe that's all kids today know. They sure don't know reading , writing, or history anymore. I have to hire young people and it'e the same with them not just athletes.

before you start calling the whole bb team "thugs" maybe you should learn to spell...

sambad writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

ever been on a male team??

ever been on a team bus full of maies??

If not, well, it has a passing resemblance to the fact that young men do, at times, curse.

I know, I know, they shouldn't. But, they do.

Hopefully Jordan gets to church, and reads the bible story about killing women and bashing babies...but NO f-bombs!!

I have been on several trips with Coach Mears and never even heard a cross word between players. I usually sat with one of the players and had nice conversations. Mike Edwards was one who was really nice to talk with. I've been around many of the DeVoe teams and never heard any foul language during horseplay. It could be that Jordan's lack of playing time is getting to him. Mac Petty rarely got to play but he was one of the greatest guys you could meet. I feel that helping him get started in the coaching trade at Loudon is one of the best things I ever did for another human. He has won a small college national championship at a small college in Indiana and also serves as their golf coach. Being persistent and using ones time to learn will always pay off.

brokendownoldvol writes:

You must not have been aroungd Gary Carter. lol

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