'Personal issues' impact Alex Bullard, Eric Gordon for offseason work

Tennessee football players Alex Bullard and Eric Gordon have had their offseason work impacted by "personal issues," according to UT coach Derek Dooley.

Although the personal issues have affected the consistency of their summer workouts, their status on the team hasn't changed; nor have they been disciplined, Dooley said Friday. He didn't elaborate on the "personal issues."

"We're working through some things with them," Dooley said.

Bullard, a junior center, is one of four returning starters in UT's offensive line. He started the first six games at left guard before replacing James Stone as the starting center for the second half of the season.

Bullard transferred to UT from Notre Dame after the 2010 season so he could be closer to his family in Franklin following the death of his father.

Louis Bullard was an offensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks in 1979-80.

Gordon, a junior cornerback, was listed as a backup to Prentiss Waggner on the post-spring depth chart, but he has seven career starts, including one last season.

His game-winning, 90-yard touchdown return in overtime against Vanderbilt was one of UT's biggest plays of the 2011 season.

He also had a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown against Ole Miss in 2010.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns

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voloffaith writes:

There ladies and gents is your 30 second teaser on VOLS with issues......working through...no major discipline.....still with the team....oh here are stats from the past...CUE Porky Pig "thats all folks!"

volgrog#210164 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

There ladies and gents is your 30 second teaser on VOLS with issues......working through...no major discipline.....still with the team....oh here are stats from the past...CUE Porky Pig "thats all folks!"

LOL

Congratulations, your comment was better written and more informative than the article.

Lil_ZZGataBoy writes:

I've been sitting here for 15 minutes waiting for Paul Harvey to come on intoning in his deep familiar voice "Now .... here's the rest of the story."

I'm going to give it another 10 minutes, then I gotta go. C'mon Mr. Harvey.... tell us the rest of the story.

AllforTenn writes:

I assume Louis Bullard is Alex's father.Maybe an uncle. Why else was he mentioned? But then, maybe Adams just threw this sentence in for no reason. A journalist would have connected him to the story.

VolzsFan writes:

Go Big Ole Tenn!!!

BluezVol writes:

What passes for journalism these days is unbelievable - both on the college football front and in national politics. Adams new nickname is "easy money".

velcrovol77 writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

I assume Louis Bullard is Alex's father.Maybe an uncle. Why else was he mentioned? But then, maybe Adams just threw this sentence in for no reason. A journalist would have connected him to the story.

if you had read you would have seen it was his father who recently passed away but you were to busy judging to see that sentence i guess that is why you are not a journalist

crimsonviper writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

I assume Louis Bullard is Alex's father.Maybe an uncle. Why else was he mentioned? But then, maybe Adams just threw this sentence in for no reason. A journalist would have connected him to the story.

John(Pulitzer Prize)Adams resembles your comment.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

Janzen Jackson had "personal issues" too.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

Sounds like a Dooby full or two of personal issues that needed to be Weed-ed out some. A lawyer could make Charles Manson sound like a great humanitarian.

SevenT writes:

Another Vol with 'personal issues' Cam "laptop" Clear had a few 'personal issues' too. I wonder if this is another Dooley lawyer like coverup?

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

Janzen Jackson had "personal issues" too.

Jeffy....since you post at 3, 4, 5 in the morning, I would say you have a boat-load of personal issues too. Say hello to a REAL Vol (Richmond) for us. Scumbag.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

Another Vol with 'personal issues' Cam "laptop" Clear had a few 'personal issues' too. I wonder if this is another Dooley lawyer like coverup?

A troll commenting about someone having "personal issues". Unless you are under 13 years of age, you have some serious personal issues. Baboon ***

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

A troll commenting about someone having "personal issues". Unless you are under 13 years of age, you have some serious personal issues. Baboon ***

B O Fever,

You said it. Actually, the under age 13 does apply to this Seven kid. As immature and needy as anyone we've seen here.

As for Jeff..........this guy is a sicko. One of the most embarrassing individuals to ever be associated with U T. Can't get out of Richmond's shadow can he?

Yes, anyone who is on a computer at 3,4,5 A.M. convincing everyone of his inadequacies is pretty sick.

thevoice writes:

"Tennessee football players Alex Bullard and Eric Gordon have had their offseason work impacted by "personal issues," according to UT coach Derek Dooley."

Is there really a need for the rest of the article? Because nothing else is new.

To me, this really smells bad. Why would a coach mention that 2 players have personal issues but fail to elaborate? What was the purpose of even mentioning it? Sounds like either foreshadowing or a total lack of judgement.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

B O Fever,

You said it. Actually, the under age 13 does apply to this Seven kid. As immature and needy as anyone we've seen here.

As for Jeff..........this guy is a sicko. One of the most embarrassing individuals to ever be associated with U T. Can't get out of Richmond's shadow can he?

Yes, anyone who is on a computer at 3,4,5 A.M. convincing everyone of his inadequacies is pretty sick.

I know we're teasing him and having fun BUT HE REALLY DOES HAVE MAJOR ISSUES....let's let up a little least we hurt some feels..... and it give him a reason to live...

tennrich1 writes:

in response to tennrich1:

I know we're teasing him and having fun BUT HE REALLY DOES HAVE MAJOR ISSUES....let's let up a little least we hurt some feels..... and it give him a reason to live...

I probably should have explained. I know him and the family personally. They are usually okay folks...he just struggles a lot...

orangecountyvols writes:

tennrich1

Thanks for explaining that friend. We do know
these 2 guys are struggling quite a lot.

Bigger_Al writes:

Nice work, Adams. (Rolls eyes.)

BolivrBob writes:

And?..............................

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

Janzen Jackson had "personal issues" too.

and you have "mental issues"

SevenT writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

B O Fever,

You said it. Actually, the under age 13 does apply to this Seven kid. As immature and needy as anyone we've seen here.

As for Jeff..........this guy is a sicko. One of the most embarrassing individuals to ever be associated with U T. Can't get out of Richmond's shadow can he?

Yes, anyone who is on a computer at 3,4,5 A.M. convincing everyone of his inadequacies is pretty sick.

Do you realize you have 2700+ POSTS on this page! That is flat out wierd for someone to have that much free time. Perhaps you and your GVX pals need to Facebook friend one another and have a private chat about the state of the Tennessee Football program.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

Another Vol with 'personal issues' Cam "laptop" Clear had a few 'personal issues' too. I wonder if this is another Dooley lawyer like coverup?

This is no cover up just like there was no cover up on the Cam Clear incident. Too bad you can't over up the fact that you are a pot stirring, instigating piece of terd

orangeman1 writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

Janzen Jackson had "personal issues" too.

Dont forget D Rogers and others. It would be nice to know from a fan perspective if they are academic, disciplinary,criminal, or are really a personal issue like medical or family. I can say, Dooley is better than any coach at keeping things secret. He is doing what all coaches at major levels do with players. I havent liked the pattern of letting players miss practices/workouts and not missing playing time, but just like other coaches, Dooley recognizes what it takes to win. You have to keep the talent on the field. I just hope all these players get their act together, cause if things start going bad next year it will get ugly.

Vol43 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Do you realize you have 2700+ POSTS on this page! That is flat out wierd for someone to have that much free time. Perhaps you and your GVX pals need to Facebook friend one another and have a private chat about the state of the Tennessee Football program.

You seem to be full of advice. I have some advice for you, too.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to SevenT:

Do you realize you have 2700+ POSTS on this page! That is flat out wierd for someone to have that much free time. Perhaps you and your GVX pals need to Facebook friend one another and have a private chat about the state of the Tennessee Football program.

A hem, kid.

You are pretty weird saying this. Unfortunately, a lot of the Vols' posts are wasting everyone's time dealing with trolls like you.

Best suggestion for you is to find your own team's website and try to con them.......if you have a team. Probably not.........you just have nothing else to do but show your insecurity with anything connected to Tennessee. Sad the life of a troll.........

Titan writes:

in response to velcrovol77:

if you had read you would have seen it was his father who recently passed away but you were to busy judging to see that sentence i guess that is why you are not a journalist

Well, the mention of the name Louis Ballard is in the next paragraph. You sort of have to make a leap of faith and assume that is the name of his father mentioned in the previous paragraph. Of course with Adams' articles, assumption is usually needed.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Twenty year old students with issues? Naw man. Yo kidding?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I hope he gets everything straightened out, we need his experience on the field this Fall..GBO!

Vol43 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I hope he gets everything straightened out, we need his experience on the field this Fall..GBO!

That's right BB. It's been delightfully quiet on the hill so far. Let's keep it that way.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Dont forget D Rogers and others. It would be nice to know from a fan perspective if they are academic, disciplinary,criminal, or are really a personal issue like medical or family. I can say, Dooley is better than any coach at keeping things secret. He is doing what all coaches at major levels do with players. I havent liked the pattern of letting players miss practices/workouts and not missing playing time, but just like other coaches, Dooley recognizes what it takes to win. You have to keep the talent on the field. I just hope all these players get their act together, cause if things start going bad next year it will get ugly.

"Dooley recognizes what it takes to win."

I have to say, this made me laugh. Only those drinking to the Doolaide would believe that a coach with a lifetime losing record "recognizes what it takes to win."

I wonder if the Univ. of Maryland has fans as deluded as you Dooley supporters.

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