Prediction: Da'Rick Rogers will catch a pass at the Georgia Dome early in the 2012 football season.
Will he be wearing a Tennessee uniform? I'm not touching that one yet.
Derek Dooley's troublesome son — Dooley reiterated Thursday that being a coach is like being a parent to 100 kids — has thrown another tantrum and landed in timeout.
Dooley refuses to call it a suspension, just as he did during Rogers' temporary banishment during winter workouts. So let's go with timeout.
"He could be back tomorrow,'' Dooley said. "He could be back today.''
Or he could be in Atlanta talking to Georgia State coach Bill Curry. That seems to be the gist of recent Rogers Twitter messages, not to mention his quote to a website that covers Georgia State football.
Georgia State has football? That would be breaking news to Tennessee fans if they hadn't already noticed that Georgia State visits Neyland Stadium on Sept. 8.
By then, Rogers could have either played in UT's opener against North Carolina State on Aug. 31 in the Georgia Dome. Or he could have played in Georgia State's opener against South Carolina State, — which is Aug. 30 in the Georgia Dome.
I don't know if a transfer to Georgia State is even doable. But at the moment a considerable portion of the Tennessee fan base wishes Rogers would play his next game in Vladivostok. They're weary of the drama.
I don't blame them.
Poor fan base. Poor Dooley. They both want so badly to get back on a positive track after the dismal finale to the 2011 season in Lexington. And, fair or not, Rogers was perceived to be a party to that rotten ending.
So three days into spring practice, the diva/misunderstood victim is back in timeout, stirring the waters.
"Got some things to do internally,'' Dooley said.
Got some things to do at Georgia State, Rogers suggests.
"It's really not a complex issue,'' Dooley said.
Yes, it sort of is.
It is, because Dooley has been down this path with another star player, Janzen Jackson.
The details of Jackson's and Rogers' offenses might be different but the general feeling is that both have received a longer leash than the average Joe. That feeling might even permeate the locker room.
Jackson finally ran out of leash last August. The jury is still out on Rogers, who is clearly a star. In 2011 he had a season that only a handful of UT receivers have ever topped.
As parents we love our children unconditionally. For coaches in general, there is a long record of loving the star players a little more than the second-stringers.
That's not to say stars haven't been booted from UT's football program. Any number of banished Vols have learned what life was like at Hampton, North Alabama, McNeese State or, gasp, Coffeyville.
If Rogers really believes his problems will be solved at Georgia State, he should give it a go. However, here's a tip:
The Panthers' receivers coach, George Pugh, played for Bear Bryant at Alabama. I doubt he tolerates much foolishness.
If Rogers wants to finish what he started at Tennessee, it's time — past time — to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
Quarterback Tyler Bray said earlier this week his goal for spring practice is to get the program back to where it needs to be, back to the '90s.
As of Thursday morning, there were a hundred of Rogers' teammates who aren't in timeout busting their butts to make that happen.