KNOXVILLE — Cameron Clear was sitting at the entrance to Neyland Stadium when University of Tennessee police caught him surfing the Internet with a laptop stolen from a fellow athlete, court records show.
Clear might be out of jail, but he's off the football field — at least for now.
The UT sophomore tight end logged into a jail cell Tuesday after campus police traced the laptop's Wi-Fi signal to Gate 2 at the stadium around 1:30 p.m., court records released today show. He was still online when officers walked up, according to an arrest warrant.
Head football coach Derek Dooley suspended Clear indefinitely this morning, said Jimmy Stanton, UT associate athletics director for communications. He gave no other details.
"We are continuing the process of gathering more information," Stanton said.
Clear, 19, of Memphis, faces a charge of felony theft of up to $10,000. He was booked into jail Tuesday night with a bond set at $2,500.
UT baseball pitcher Jeffrey Brandon Zajac had reported his laptop, a MacBook Pro, stolen from his Lake Loudon Boulevard dorm room on May 19, according to an arrest warrant.
UT police detected Tuesday someone was using the laptop to log into the university's wireless network and caught Clear sitting at the keyboard, according to the warrant.
"Upon my arrival, I saw Mr. Clear sitting with a silver MacBook in his lap," UT police Cpl. Ben Doty wrote. "Once he saw the officers, he closed the laptop."
The laptop's serial number matched the stolen MacBook, Doty wrote.
Clear, who's 6-foot-6, 283 pounds, ended spring practice as the backup to starting tight end Mychal Rivera. He caught only one pass last year as a freshman but was expected to play a more prominent role in the offense this season.
Clear was one of the most heralded signees in UT's 2011 recruiting class. In his senior season at Memphis Central, he caught 18 passes for 250 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 60 tackles and eight sacks on defense.
More details as they develop online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.