Ahmad Paige dismissed from Louisiana Tech

RUSTON, La. — Wide receivers Tim Molton and Ahmad Paige have been dismissed from the Louisiana Tech football team for a violation of team rules.

In May of 2009, Paige announced he was transferring from Tennessee. He redshirted in 2007 and played in two games as a freshman in 2008.

Coach Sonny Dykes did not provide details in announcing the moves, but Molton had served an 11-day suspension last August for violating another unspecified team rules.

Both receivers played for the Bulldogs in 2010 before suffering season-ending injuries mid-year. Molton saw action in five games, catching 10 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns while Paige played in seven games, catching 16 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

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abnerPeabody writes:

Keep up the good work of throwing away a really good future.People are stupid.Especially ball players.Of course all COLLEGE KIDS do these things and nothing wrong with it.NOT.

rivieravol writes:

Another one of Fulmer's "good," citizens.

bobbarbilly writes:

Another coulda-shoulda-woulda on the blvd of broken dreams.

GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

Sad, really.

OwensboroVol writes:

Sad ending for a promising receiver. They go through High School and the recruiting process with everyone blowing sunshine up their rears and when things finally return to normal they just can't handle it. Instead of chasing Bruce Pearl around his BBQ's maybe the NCAA should develop a program to help these young guys adjust, much as the NFL has done in the past year or two.

Pompey writes:

......college kids mindlessly throw away untold future opportunities....so do 52 year old basketball coaches.....

TheOpinion writes:

in response to rivieravol:

Another one of Fulmer's "good," citizens.

I'm not a huge Fulmer fan especially his last few years but come on man? Really? You're going to say another one of Fulmer's "good" citizens? The coach who recruits these kids doesn't determine the kid's action or behavior. It's a lot more complex than that. Kids will get in trouble and do what they please no matter who recruits them or where they go to school.

LJS1984 writes:

These were the kind of character kids that Fulmer was recruiting towards the end of his career. He pulled out all the stops to sign Ahmad Paige late in the process. It seemed like he started signing anybody he could actually get to sign. We weren't getting any QB's either, so he signed Taj Boyd (whom I still don't think will do much at Clemson) a guy that didn't really fit his or Clauson's style of offense. We were so depleted along the offensive line at the end of Fulmer's career that Kiffin hardly had anybody to work with and the same went for Dooley last season. I'm not trying to pile on Coach Fulmer and I know it's been said before but the program REALLY was in a free fall. He couldn't get the guys that he was getting in the late 90's and early 2000's. The program was really stale and it seemed the kids knew it too. Nothing new there.

kevin151 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

These were the kind of character kids that Fulmer was recruiting towards the end of his career. He pulled out all the stops to sign Ahmad Paige late in the process. It seemed like he started signing anybody he could actually get to sign. We weren't getting any QB's either, so he signed Taj Boyd (whom I still don't think will do much at Clemson) a guy that didn't really fit his or Clauson's style of offense. We were so depleted along the offensive line at the end of Fulmer's career that Kiffin hardly had anybody to work with and the same went for Dooley last season. I'm not trying to pile on Coach Fulmer and I know it's been said before but the program REALLY was in a free fall. He couldn't get the guys that he was getting in the late 90's and early 2000's. The program was really stale and it seemed the kids knew it too. Nothing new there.

Your post is dead on....

flatrock writes:

Another 5-star flameout.

BankerVol writes:

What a waste of FREAKIN talent. Pitiful!

LJS1984 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

These were the kind of character kids that Fulmer was recruiting towards the end of his career. He pulled out all the stops to sign Ahmad Paige late in the process. It seemed like he started signing anybody he could actually get to sign. We weren't getting any QB's either, so he signed Taj Boyd (whom I still don't think will do much at Clemson) a guy that didn't really fit his or Clauson's style of offense. We were so depleted along the offensive line at the end of Fulmer's career that Kiffin hardly had anybody to work with and the same went for Dooley last season. I'm not trying to pile on Coach Fulmer and I know it's been said before but the program REALLY was in a free fall. He couldn't get the guys that he was getting in the late 90's and early 2000's. The program was really stale and it seemed the kids knew it too. Nothing new there.

Correction, Fulmer didn't sign Taj Boyd but he would have. He was the only QB that would give Tennessee a glance.

rivieravol writes:

Understand Opinion, I just threw that out there for the Fulmerites who always talk about what a great molder of, "good citizens," he was.

iowavol writes:

in response to rivieravol:

Understand Opinion, I just threw that out there for the Fulmerites who always talk about what a great molder of, "good citizens," he was.

BS. You threw it out there because you hate Fulmer and couldn't miss an opportunity to slam the man. Hate him, love him, it doesn't matter. But be man enough to stand behind your conviction or stand behind your mother's skirt. Either way, don't spew your BS here.

rivieravol writes:

Iowa, sounds like you have been out in the cornfields too long. Unlike the Fulmer suck-ups like you I don't think he was any better or worse at recruiting unsavory figures and converting them to ,"good citizens," than any other of his peers.
I will say I don't think any coach in college football history has had 4 former players involved in fatal DUI accidents like Flummo has.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

These were the kind of character kids that Fulmer was recruiting towards the end of his career. He pulled out all the stops to sign Ahmad Paige late in the process. It seemed like he started signing anybody he could actually get to sign. We weren't getting any QB's either, so he signed Taj Boyd (whom I still don't think will do much at Clemson) a guy that didn't really fit his or Clauson's style of offense. We were so depleted along the offensive line at the end of Fulmer's career that Kiffin hardly had anybody to work with and the same went for Dooley last season. I'm not trying to pile on Coach Fulmer and I know it's been said before but the program REALLY was in a free fall. He couldn't get the guys that he was getting in the late 90's and early 2000's. The program was really stale and it seemed the kids knew it too. Nothing new there.

Dont think Boyd ever signed did he????

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to rivieravol:

Understand Opinion, I just threw that out there for the Fulmerites who always talk about what a great molder of, "good citizens," he was.

Do you always kick a dog when its down? Fulmer's been gone a long time. Does it make your day to keep piling on? Besides, Fulmer may have been able to keep this kid on the straight and narrow.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

Correction, Fulmer didn't sign Taj Boyd but he would have. He was the only QB that would give Tennessee a glance.

Oh sorry...you corrected yourself...

tennrich1 writes:

in response to rivieravol:

Iowa, sounds like you have been out in the cornfields too long. Unlike the Fulmer suck-ups like you I don't think he was any better or worse at recruiting unsavory figures and converting them to ,"good citizens," than any other of his peers.
I will say I don't think any coach in college football history has had 4 former players involved in fatal DUI accidents like Flummo has.

Really? We gonna blame that on Phil? or are you just saying it's very ironic?

bigsteve92 writes:

not sure what this has to do with fulmer. its a shame when you try to throw fulmer name under the bus of some college kids action who dont even go to ut anymore. second they are young men they still make mistakes just like everyone else. its alot easier to judge when you know nothing. you ever think the things they do are social norms from where they are from. guess not. but judge and throw people names under the bus cause you've never done anything wrong right

VOLliven2it writes:

I don't really care about Ahmad Paige, Tim Molton, and Louisiana Tech. I get miffed when people get on here and waste space with a urinating competition about former coaches and their legacies. It is childish! Unless one of the article's WRs is planning on coming to Knoxville, the paper wasted its space with the article.

voloffaith writes:

Bob Seger sang....." turn the page." This book has been poorly written so far. Hope for young man's sake the remaining chapters have a good ending where the villain/wayward young man gets his life into the "straight and narrow".

GreerVol22 writes:

For many athletes, an injury creates an idol mind.

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Keep up the good work of throwing away a really good future.People are stupid.Especially ball players.Of course all COLLEGE KIDS do these things and nothing wrong with it.NOT.

Did you just say, "NOT" at the end of a comment? Wow. That's SOOOO 1990s!! :) lol

OldVols68 writes:

in response to rivieravol:

Another one of Fulmer's "good," citizens.

Never give up do you??? Would you rather have Lil Lane and his arrogant act? Fulmer was and is a Vol-for-life; what is Kiffin?

voloffaith writes:

in response to OldVols68:

Never give up do you??? Would you rather have Lil Lane and his arrogant act? Fulmer was and is a Vol-for-life; what is Kiffin?

As Scotty sang on American Idol The other night"GONE"!

RUstilltalking writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Sad ending for a promising receiver. They go through High School and the recruiting process with everyone blowing sunshine up their rears and when things finally return to normal they just can't handle it. Instead of chasing Bruce Pearl around his BBQ's maybe the NCAA should develop a program to help these young guys adjust, much as the NFL has done in the past year or two.

Its not the NCAA responsibility to makesure these athletes make good decisions. They are 18 and adults. Besides that it was a team rule, if these athletes can't read a rule and comprehend it what are we doing recruiting them in the first place.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Do you always kick a dog when its down? Fulmer's been gone a long time. Does it make your day to keep piling on? Besides, Fulmer may have been able to keep this kid on the straight and narrow.

The people criticizing are the ones that were praising him when he pulled in the top recruits every year. Noone knows how things wouldve turned out had there not been a coaching change. In case the Fulmer critics havent noticed, our current coach has about the same track record as Fulmer. Didnt Dooley sign Paige to La Tech also? Fulmer was doing what most successful coaches do , which is bring in talent and hope for the best. This will be the 3rd season without Fulmer at the helm and I dont see UT competing for the East so its time to quit blaming the man that gave us the most successful years for UT in most our lifetimes.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

These were the kind of character kids that Fulmer was recruiting towards the end of his career. He pulled out all the stops to sign Ahmad Paige late in the process. It seemed like he started signing anybody he could actually get to sign. We weren't getting any QB's either, so he signed Taj Boyd (whom I still don't think will do much at Clemson) a guy that didn't really fit his or Clauson's style of offense. We were so depleted along the offensive line at the end of Fulmer's career that Kiffin hardly had anybody to work with and the same went for Dooley last season. I'm not trying to pile on Coach Fulmer and I know it's been said before but the program REALLY was in a free fall. He couldn't get the guys that he was getting in the late 90's and early 2000's. The program was really stale and it seemed the kids knew it too. Nothing new there.

Free fall? What a joke. I guess having the best record in the SEC less than a year before he was fired is free fall huh. I guess that top ten recruiting class he had ready to sign reflects that the kids knew it . yea right. Also you are wrong about not getting any Qb's. UT had 2 other top 25 rated Qb's ready to sign besides Boyd. Dooley's track record isnt much different than Fulmer's with trouble so far. Its something all coaches at major programs must deal with. Dont let your hatred of Fulmer get in the way of the facts though.

Volunatic writes:

Will the Fulmerites still count Ahmad in the tally of players lost due to Fulmer's firing?
Just think, it could be Tennessee dismissing him from the team right now instead of LA Tech. Dadgum missed opportunities.

MusicCityVol writes:

I think Diamond Rio said it best, "No we'll never know...what might have been." Hahaha

Interview with the Enemy: Florida Gators
http://www.checkerboardchatter.com/20...

Volunatic writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Free fall? What a joke. I guess having the best record in the SEC less than a year before he was fired is free fall huh. I guess that top ten recruiting class he had ready to sign reflects that the kids knew it . yea right. Also you are wrong about not getting any Qb's. UT had 2 other top 25 rated Qb's ready to sign besides Boyd. Dooley's track record isnt much different than Fulmer's with trouble so far. Its something all coaches at major programs must deal with. Dont let your hatred of Fulmer get in the way of the facts though.

59-20.
Remember that score from the "dream season" that was 2007?
As for "top ten recruiting class he had ready to sign"-- it had fallen from the top 10 after that ugly October. It was about 15th when Fulmer was fired, and dropping. I think it wouldn't have been top 25 by NSD if Fulmer had been retained. (That said, Kiffin's '09 recruiting class was terrible in hindsight.)

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Volunatic:

Will the Fulmerites still count Ahmad in the tally of players lost due to Fulmer's firing?
Just think, it could be Tennessee dismissing him from the team right now instead of LA Tech. Dadgum missed opportunities.

I wouldnt worry about the Fulmerites as you put it counting him. I would worry more about the NCAA and how many scholarships UT will lose in the future due to the APR when all these players were supposed to graduate. You do know our current coach recruited him to LA Tech dont you? Of course people will overlook that fact just to pile on Fulmer.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Volunatic:

59-20.
Remember that score from the "dream season" that was 2007?
As for "top ten recruiting class he had ready to sign"-- it had fallen from the top 10 after that ugly October. It was about 15th when Fulmer was fired, and dropping. I think it wouldn't have been top 25 by NSD if Fulmer had been retained. (That said, Kiffin's '09 recruiting class was terrible in hindsight.)

Yea, I remember that score along with the blow out win against the #2 team in the country and having the best record in the SEC and leading the eventual National champion in the 4th quarter of the SEC title game. But you go ahead and focus on the negatives. I think Fulmer wouldve taken that top 10 class he had when he was fired and improved it to top 5, but you nor I will ever know. What I do know is that UT has lost 13 games in the last 2 year without Fulmer and its not looking much better for next year either.

North writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Yea, I remember that score along with the blow out win against the #2 team in the country and having the best record in the SEC and leading the eventual National champion in the 4th quarter of the SEC title game. But you go ahead and focus on the negatives. I think Fulmer wouldve taken that top 10 class he had when he was fired and improved it to top 5, but you nor I will ever know. What I do know is that UT has lost 13 games in the last 2 year without Fulmer and its not looking much better for next year either.

Good points orangeman. This coming season will be the third season since Fulmer left and people are still "hoping" the team will achieve what Fulmer averaged in his career. You might want to remind them that Tennessee used to play a tough out of conference team every year under Fulmer and he never asked the AD to buy out a middle of the road ACC team because he feared them.

Volunatic writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Yea, I remember that score along with the blow out win against the #2 team in the country and having the best record in the SEC and leading the eventual National champion in the 4th quarter of the SEC title game. But you go ahead and focus on the negatives. I think Fulmer wouldve taken that top 10 class he had when he was fired and improved it to top 5, but you nor I will ever know. What I do know is that UT has lost 13 games in the last 2 year without Fulmer and its not looking much better for next year either.

Sure, might as well throw in Fulmer's last season-- they lost 20 games in the past 3 years. I think this season might turn out pretty good, though. I'm guessing they get least 8 wins, maybe more.
As for recruiting, how did Fulmer do after his '05 losing season? (Not good.) There's no reason to think the '09 recruiting class ranking wouldn't continue to drop lower than the 15th place (which is not top 10, btw) where it was when Fulmer was fired.

Volunatic writes:

in response to North:

Good points orangeman. This coming season will be the third season since Fulmer left and people are still "hoping" the team will achieve what Fulmer averaged in his career. You might want to remind them that Tennessee used to play a tough out of conference team every year under Fulmer and he never asked the AD to buy out a middle of the road ACC team because he feared them.

There is such a thing as a "trend". Fulmer's average number of wins/season was dropping.

North writes:

in response to Volunatic:

59-20.
Remember that score from the "dream season" that was 2007?
As for "top ten recruiting class he had ready to sign"-- it had fallen from the top 10 after that ugly October. It was about 15th when Fulmer was fired, and dropping. I think it wouldn't have been top 25 by NSD if Fulmer had been retained. (That said, Kiffin's '09 recruiting class was terrible in hindsight.)

Who was the SEC East Champion in 2007? The record bears it was Tennessee, with no but-buts.
Please get the facts straight. When Fulmer was fired, Tennessee was ranked #6 and would have climbed with the Marlon Brown commitment.

North writes:

in response to Volunatic:

There is such a thing as a "trend". Fulmer's average number of wins/season was dropping.

That's about as dumb of a statement as I have ever seen. Saban's "trend" dropped last year, so that means he should be fired. Every coach at a school long enough will have several trends. If anything, Tennessee was ready to start trending back up.
Who was it that raised the bar at Tennessee and won a National Championship?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Volunatic:

Sure, might as well throw in Fulmer's last season-- they lost 20 games in the past 3 years. I think this season might turn out pretty good, though. I'm guessing they get least 8 wins, maybe more.
As for recruiting, how did Fulmer do after his '05 losing season? (Not good.) There's no reason to think the '09 recruiting class ranking wouldn't continue to drop lower than the 15th place (which is not top 10, btw) where it was when Fulmer was fired.

It was top 10 from all accounts I looked at and no reason to think it wouldve dropped like you said. You are just speculating. Why do you continue to focus on the 2 years out of 17 that Fulmer's teams did poorly? Noone knows if he wouldve turned things around our not, but all you are doing is speculating and focusing on the negatives . And I would hope UT can win 8 games with the schedule they have yet 8 wins is considered a good year now. I do know UT wasnt the UT they were in the first 10 years of Fulmer coaching, but its hard to mainain success when you lose good asst coaches like in 08 and have injuries like in 05. Expectations were too high because Fulmer set the bar so high his first 10 years.

North writes:

in response to orangeman1:

It was top 10 from all accounts I looked at and no reason to think it wouldve dropped like you said. You are just speculating. Why do you continue to focus on the 2 years out of 17 that Fulmer's teams did poorly? Noone knows if he wouldve turned things around our not, but all you are doing is speculating and focusing on the negatives . And I would hope UT can win 8 games with the schedule they have yet 8 wins is considered a good year now. I do know UT wasnt the UT they were in the first 10 years of Fulmer coaching, but its hard to mainain success when you lose good asst coaches like in 08 and have injuries like in 05. Expectations were too high because Fulmer set the bar so high his first 10 years.

The schedlue was "bought down" so Dooley is guaranteed 6 wins without even showing up. The SEC East will be as weak as it was last year so no reason we can't win at least 3 of the 6 SEC games which means we "should" get 9 wins. 9 wins in a 12 game schedule is winning 75%, which is what Fulmer averaged in his career at Tennessee playing some of the toughest out of conference teams in the nation. Reckon any of these Fulmer haters would want to put some money down on Tennessee winning 9 games this year?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to North:

The schedlue was "bought down" so Dooley is guaranteed 6 wins without even showing up. The SEC East will be as weak as it was last year so no reason we can't win at least 3 of the 6 SEC games which means we "should" get 9 wins. 9 wins in a 12 game schedule is winning 75%, which is what Fulmer averaged in his career at Tennessee playing some of the toughest out of conference teams in the nation. Reckon any of these Fulmer haters would want to put some money down on Tennessee winning 9 games this year?

There were many reasons for UT not being able to sustain the success Fulmer had in the first 10 years. One of the main ones was how much better other SEC teams got after 2000. Auburn,Georgia, and LSU all improved alot since 2000 which made it tougher to compete. Thats just he way things go like the other poster said(in trends). I tend to agree with you that given the chance UT wouldve trended back up and be competing for the SEC by now, but we'll never know. This year there are 6 games UT SHOULD win. 2 games they SHOULD lose and 4 "swing" games. We can just hope for an 8 win season for the first time in 3 years since Fulmers been gone. Just to throw another fact out there. Fulmer never went more than 1 year without winning at least 9 games. I do like Dooley though and think given the time can bring have UT competing for the SEC again. He reminds me of Fulmer in alot of ways, and I hope fans dont expect him to match and maintain the level of success Fulmer had his first 10 years or we might end up with another Kiffin. I just think its funny that fans get on here to criticize Fulmer for recruiting players like Paige when our current coach signed him at La Tech before he was hired at UT.

North writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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And your point is? Every loss shows up as an "L", and that's it.
I will ask you again, who won the SEC East in 2007? And who almost beat the National Championship team in the SEC Championship game?

North writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Just the fact that you refer to him as FOOLmer shows you have hate and can't see facts.
If Saban is so great why didn't Alabama repeat as National Champions last year? Saban had the majority of his players back from the previous year when Alabama won it all. With all that talent back Alabama LOST 3 games in 2010, so do you want to tell me more about Saban? Didn't think so.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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They didnt need to beat either. They still finished tied for the best record in the SEC after beating the #2 team in the country by 3 touchdowns and came very close to winning the SECCG. But I'm sure there are alot of coaches that have the best record in the SEC that really arent good coaches. ha

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO:

Did you just say, "NOT" at the end of a comment? Wow. That's SOOOO 1990s!! :) lol

From one idiot to another,thank you.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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You do mean a N.C. like the one he won last year with all that great talent? Saban had more talent last year than any team in the country. Try again my little warped minded friend.

volinlouisiana writes:

I love Fulmer, but it was time for him to go. We lost to Wyoming at Homecoming in his final year for crying out loud!
You all can bash Dooley, but he is doing an amazing job with what he's been given. It was quite a feat to keep together that class a couple of years ago when Kiffin left, like a thief in the night, 2 weeks before NSD, and he even add Da'Rick and Justin Hunter to the fold. In addition, this last class looks like it is going to be very, very solid and he did an incredible job of keeping the best players from Tn in Tn. All the recruits and players speak highly of him and talk about how real he is. Why wouldn't anyone want to give him a few years to turn things around?

LJS1984 writes:

in response to North:

Who was the SEC East Champion in 2007? The record bears it was Tennessee, with no but-buts.
Please get the facts straight. When Fulmer was fired, Tennessee was ranked #6 and would have climbed with the Marlon Brown commitment.

SEC East Champion in 2007 by default. That season should have an asterisk explaining that everybody else choked and Tennessee ended up in Atlanta. I believe the players got a ring for being East Champs? That's desperation there.

Vol43 writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Free fall? What a joke. I guess having the best record in the SEC less than a year before he was fired is free fall huh. I guess that top ten recruiting class he had ready to sign reflects that the kids knew it . yea right. Also you are wrong about not getting any Qb's. UT had 2 other top 25 rated Qb's ready to sign besides Boyd. Dooley's track record isnt much different than Fulmer's with trouble so far. Its something all coaches at major programs must deal with. Dont let your hatred of Fulmer get in the way of the facts though.

FYI Orangeman, I'm with LJ here. I don't recall the hate word used. Just facts.

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