Charges reduced against Brent Brewer; sophomore safety rejoins team

Tennessee safety Brent Brewer is back with the team and will be available for spring practice, coach Derek Dooley said today at his spring practice kickoff press conference.

Brewer, a sophomore safety, was arrested last month on domestic abuse charges. He had the charges reduced to "offensive touching," and was placed on judicial diversion, according to a statement from his attorney, Don Bosch. The charges will then be dismissed in September, according to the statement.

Brewer served a five-week suspension from all team activities, Dooley said. He said Brewer still faces "some other internal disciplinary measures," which includes a suspension from a session of summer school.

"I think it was a learning lesson from Brent, it was a learning lesson for all the members of our team," Dooley said. "It was very unfortunate what happened. I think so many people have found themselves in a position where emotions are taking over and you have to learn to just leave. Walk away and walk out, no matter what anyone does to you."

Brewer, a 22-year-old former professional baseball player, emerged as a major contributor during the second half of 2010, starting six games and finishing the year with 30 tackles.

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rockytopwestone writes:

At least a little good news!

iadvol writes:

Good to hear. We cant afford to have both starters out duing spring ball. Hopefully JJ and the two incoming JUCOs make the secondary a strong point of the team.

GreerVol22 writes:

wow, I'm glad Dooley is a lawyer and is savy enough to help decipher all the details and get this behind Brent...without hurting UT.

thevoice writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

wow, I'm glad Dooley is a lawyer and is savy enough to help decipher all the details and get this behind Brent...without hurting UT.

True. Wish he should accept the new AD position, at least on an interim basis.

CoverOrange writes:

"offensive touching"
Is that like pass interference?

VFL00 writes:

More like "illegal touching"
You can do it...just get a small penalty

VOLliven2it writes:

I hope a 22 year old who should know better has learned his lesson and wonder if he will have to undergo touching/sensitivity training.(joking) Mane we need BB on our defense but do not need a socially out of control problem. With this behind him maybe he will be Offensive in the touches he makes on defense come this spring and especially in the fall. GO BIG ORANGE(having UT sports withdrawal awaiting football).

jbocap writes:

"offensive touching" = unnecessary roughness

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

"offensive touching"
Is that like pass interference?

no it was more like "roughing the girlfriend"

easleychuck writes:

None of us were there so we don't know what occurred.

I welcome back a, hopefully, wiser and hungry Brent Brewer.

NashvillePreds writes:

So, do we have to wait until the eve of the Florida game, for Mike Hamilton to announce he does not support this decision?

RoadTrip writes:

in response to easleychuck:

None of us were there so we don't know what occurred.

I welcome back a, hopefully, wiser and hungry Brent Brewer.

Good post.

A_Voice_ofReason writes:

Who cares right now....this is Bruce Pearl week. I've been telling you all along that it was only a matter of time before your savior got caught by the NCAA didn't I?

Pearl and his lawyers are discussing his and the coaches buyouts as we speak. Pearl will be meeting with Hamilton tomorrow. You guys put 2 and 2 together.

A_Voice_ofReason writes:

This will all be over by Wednesday.

Bigger_Al writes:

Sounds like a 15 yard penalty and loss of down.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to A_Voice_ofReason:

This will all be over by Wednesday.

Perhaps.....voice. But you'll still be here won't you? What will be on your new docket?

off_the_porch writes:

in response to VFL00:

More like "illegal touching"
You can do it...just get a small penalty

Is the penalty $100 and loss of down from spot on girl? :-)

off_the_porch writes:

in response to rockytopwestone:

At least a little good news!

Was it good news for the woman who was illegally touched?

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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I don't recall making any score predictions. I pity your life, that it is so empty, you spend your time trying to add relevance, on a rival's site.
Maybe one day you will find meaning, but don't hold your breath.

orangeman1 writes:

So no suspension from games? I like Dooley. He reminds me of Fulmer more and more every day.

bnakk#240693 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

"offensive touching"
Is that like pass interference?

More like an Illegal check in basketball.....

dvhill100 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

"offensive touching"
Is that like pass interference?

Illegal use of hands.

commonman writes:

Another wonderful example of Dooley discipline

utfutbolfan writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

"offensive touching"
Is that like pass interference?

LMAO!

BrucePearlandDerekDooley writes:

At least he didn't hold up a Pilot...with a fake gun.

givehim6 writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Don't be so cocky there precious after all you guys got a new coach, new system a redo from ground up. Will you have it together by Sept? Just asking

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