Four earlier burglaries took place in Gibbs Hall

Two football, two basketball players had electronics stolen

Four University of Tennessee athletes reported thefts of expensive electronic equipment from their dorm rooms several weeks before the theft that led to charges against former tight end Cameron Clear.

The burglaries during March and April bring to nine the total from UT athletes in Gibbs Hall.

UT associate athletic director for communications Jimmy Stanton would not comment on these earlier burglaries, which were reported by sophomore wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, sophomore placekicker Michael Palardy and freshmen walk-on basketball players Galen Campbell and Brandon Lopez, according to UT Police Department incident reports. No arrests were made.

UT football coach Derek Dooley dismissed Clear last Friday, two days after the sophomore was charged with theft of a laptop from a UT baseball player living in Gibbs.

The laptop Clear is accused of stealing came from a May 19 burglary of five baseball players' dorm room in Gibbs, according to police records.

Clear, 19, faces a felony charge of theft up to $10,000. He is free on $2,500 bond.

Dooley initially suspended Clear the day after his arrest. At the time, Stanton wouldn't say whether other athletes had reported similar thefts.

On Tuesday, when reached by phone at the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla., Stanton told the News Sentinel that there would be no comment on police matters.

The first burglary at Gibbs was reported March 11 to UT police by Campbell, according to reports obtained through a public records request. The former standout at Fulton High School told police a Toshiba laptop valued at $500 was stolen.

Three days later, Lopez, a former standout at Austin-East, told police a PlayStation 3 valued at $600 was taken from his room.

Things were quiet at Gibbs for more than a month until police responded to two thefts — just seven hours apart — on April 19, two days before the Orange and

White Game.

Rogers told police his MacBook Pro valued at $1,300 was taken from his room. Later, Palardy said his MacBook Pro valued at $1,840 was swiped along with a computer charger.

Clear was sitting at the entrance to Neyland Stadium last Tuesday when UT police caught him online on a MacBook Pro that belonged to freshman pitcher Brandon Zajac, according to an arrest warrant.

Zajac and the other four freshman baseball players — outfielder Richard Carter, who's no longer on the team, pitcher Robbie Kidd, infielder Will Maddox, and pitcher Connor Stevens — reported a burglar had hit their dorm rooms.

When Dooley was asked about Clear's dismissal by reporters at the SEC meetings he indicated it was a difficult decision.

"You guys know me well enough to know, No. 1, I don't make those decisions on a whim. I try to be very diligent. I try to give second chances when I can or when I think it's appropriate."

"Circumstances were such that we needed to part ways. The team needed it to happen. Cam needed it to happen. And I needed it to happen.

"I still support Cam. I still believe in Cam Clear, as disappointed as I was — and shocked — at some of the decisions he's made.

"But I'm still for him. I hope he learns from (the mistakes) and gets back on track. I think he will."

Phil Kaplan is sports editor. He may be reached at 865-342-6285. Follow him at http://twitter.com/philkaplan

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JSamson7 writes:

Sounds like Cam might Clearly be the biggest cat burglar of all time.

BufordTJustice writes:

Maybe he will go to Auburn and win the Heisman. The NFL and NBA definitely give future purse snatching, thieving felons like Cam Newton an alternative line of work.

tanasi2 writes:

Why doesn't the Athletic Dept just give every player a MacBook Pro when these guys enter school?

Observer43 writes:

in response to BufordTJustice:

Maybe he will go to Auburn and win the Heisman. The NFL and NBA definitely give future purse snatching, thieving felons like Cam Newton an alternative line of work.

Let's be fair. It was his Dad not him.

Bigger_Al writes:

Awesome we beat out everyone in the country to sign this guy, eh?

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Yeah, because the article CLEARLY states that Cam stole all the items listed.
This village need not worry about losing its idiot as long as you are around, Jethro....

wildmed writes:

We may never know the complete truth about Clear but I'll bet there are a lot of computer-owning dudes in that dorm glad he's no longer around.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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We know he's charged with felony theft, but they haven't printed any facts about that. The only thing they've actually printed is that he was in possession of a stolen MacBook Pro. I assume they have some other evidence that he is actually the thief, but they haven't shared that info. As far as other burglaries, obviously finding him in possession of one of the stolen items was the first evidence they had that could be acted on.

BambooBoy writes:

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MetroplexMojo writes:

Got the popcorn ready, got a Margarita in my hand and got my feet propped up. This should get interesting soon.

MetroplexMojo writes:

The Honey Badger had nothing on Clear. Cam takes what he wants.

VolGrad writes:

in response to tanasi2:

Why doesn't the Athletic Dept just give every player a MacBook Pro when these guys enter school?

Yeah, I guess a free college education just isn't enough.

Besides, giving a thief a MacBook Pro wouldn't keep him/her from stealing one from someone else anyway. This guy was given something much more valuable than a hundred MacBook Pros. Now it has been taken away.

C'mon Cam, turn it around, man.

OrangeAppeal writes:

in response to Observer43:

Let's be fair. It was his Dad not him.

Cam's Dad stole laptops at Florida? That's news to me.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to BufordTJustice:

Maybe he will go to Auburn and win the Heisman. The NFL and NBA definitely give future purse snatching, thieving felons like Cam Newton an alternative line of work.

What is it with kids named Cam and stolen laptops?

VolGrad writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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And if you had any scruples, you'd reign in your proclivity for rhetorical arson.

You've already made it clear that you believe he should be fired anyway. You don't need any other reasons, and your implied accusations against him are nonsensical. You don't think he can recruit; you don't think he can coach; you don't think he can win; you don't think he commands the respect of his team. Yet, you assert Coach Dooley has enough influence in K-town and on campus to "cover up" any previous criminal acts. Your reasoning is all over the place. But your motives are obvious. And you'll resort to anything, say anything, even contradict yourself, in order to try and malign CDD. That is your sole purpose and goal.

I don't yet know if CDD can recruit, coach or win; I haven't yet made that judgment. But I do know one thing: you can spin half-truths and innuendos with the worst of 'em.

Go Vols! This is Big Orange Country!!!

lyafarre writes:

Almost nothing can undermine an organization worse than a thief. I'm sure Cameron will be looked at by the police to see if he was involved in these other recent thefts. If so, he's probably going to have some pretty severe legal issues. But at least the guys in Gibbs Hall can feel a little safer about their stuff.

PdxVol writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

The Honey Badger had nothing on Clear. Cam takes what he wants.

Haha

lyafarre writes:

Note to KNS: Shouldn't you be redacting the personal information contained in the police reports that isn't relevant to the story? I'm sure some of these guys don't want their cell phone numbers published unnecessarily.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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Problem is there is no evidence, or even any suggestion, that Dooley ever covered anything up. Toady is making his usual insenuations and hoping that seeding that idea will start to make people think Dooley isn't being honest.

He might as well be saying, "If Dooley is showering with little boys, he should be fired immediately."

He's just making things up with no basis whatsoever. Things just as absurd.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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From a legal perspective, a case for libel can be made against him if he is spreading false information about Hart and Dooley since it appears malice is a primary motive and he is characterizing the statements as fact and not opinion. Would be hard to quantify damages to Hart and Dooley though. Any practicing attorneys have anything to add?

Snapshot writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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From now on everyone needs to hit the "suggest removal" whenever he posts that phooey. Enough is ENOUGH!!

mtthw741 writes:

I know it doesn't say he is responsible for all the thefts but it does seem like a pattern. And if he did steal from his own teammates its probably best hes gone.

pete3397 writes:

What if Dooley did know "something"? I'm sure he did know about the thefts - and I'm sure the whole AD did too. Yet, what could the department and Dooley do? Go off of their suspicions as to who exactly might be committing the thefts? At this point we only know Clear is associated with one theft - it now makes him prime suspect number one for the others, but there could be more than one thief hitting the athletic dorms. Maybe Dooley should have "known" it was Clear and suspended him indefinitely with little or no supporting evidence. A coach's sure suspicions are a good legal defense when the lawsuits come flying over inappropriate dismissal, etc. Then the Doolhaters could talk about how he's such a martinet going off and suspending players without due process that he'll lose the respect of the entire team, he's opened the university up to ridicule because he's persecuting players, etc. etc.

punkin writes:

Those police reports are all follow-up reports. Where's the original burglary report. It will name suspects if any.

RememberTheVols writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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That response is a classic.

Simply_Orange51 writes:

Some on this thread need a lesson in logic. Just because CDD took the time in an interview to comment to a reporter on a crime doesn't implicate him in any way as to having knowledge of the issue or anything remotely similar to a cover-up. Did the coach know there were other burglaries? - most likely - someone probably communicated with him on the issue - either the police or UT admin. Did they have a suspect or two - most likely as well. You have to catch a person in the act or with stolen goods before you can do anything about it. Suspicion of a theft and proof of it are two distinctly separate things. I agree with others commenting on this website..... If I were a student athlete reading some of the stuff posted on this site about UT athletics, it would make me think twice about ever attending this University. Some of you need to get a life and pray you're never in a similar situation. Making a comment about a coach like that is just plain sick....you have no right.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Ears_Whitworth_in_Orange_Pants:

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I am singularly impressed by your inside information and reasoning powers. Furthermore, I have no doubt that all the legitimate news outlets and periodicals will be jumping on this straightway. I can see the headlines now: "What did Dooley know? And, "When did he know it?" "Was he merely trying to give the young man a break, a second chance? Or was there something much darker and more sinister to his motivations? Stay tuned for more on this story at 11!"

You may even win "Fan of the Year" award for breaking this story.

[TIC]

VolGrad writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Greatest... the statesman! (tic)

"Friends, Romans, countrymen... lend me your ears!"

clcvol writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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How is that dishonest? Dooley can coach, he didn't specify whether he could coach well or not.

TommyJack writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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KNS plant still active, I see.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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I am appealing to you to get a life...get out of the TV rental store more often....get a hobby....get an education...get real, etc. You are such a dope and do not even realize it. You and Flowers are like 2turdsinapunchbowl.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolGrad:

I am singularly impressed by your inside information and reasoning powers. Furthermore, I have no doubt that all the legitimate news outlets and periodicals will be jumping on this straightway. I can see the headlines now: "What did Dooley know? And, "When did he know it?" "Was he merely trying to give the young man a break, a second chance? Or was there something much darker and more sinister to his motivations? Stay tuned for more on this story at 11!"

You may even win "Fan of the Year" award for breaking this story.

[TIC]

VG...you have to bear in mind that "Ears" (Jeffy Flowers) was on the track and football team over 40 years ago. Yes, he only made it because they had to take him to get Richmond. So that gives him special powers and knowledge that mere mortals, like you and me, cannot comprehend. Yes Jeffy is a legend in his own mind. He claims to hate Dooley but the truth is he is merely jealous as **** of Dooley. As for "greatest" (Toddyturd)...he is just an idiot. GO DOOLEY!!!

GONAVY writes:

To me this story is only evidence of a slow day at the KNS.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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Perhaps I'm wrong--it's happened before--but all I have heard is that there were earlier thefts. I have NOT heard that they suspected Cam, at least not until he was caught with this latest piece of loot. They may NOW suspect him of the earlier robberies and that may be one reason why he was dismissed now. To put it another way, I have seen no evidence that Cam was even a suspect at the time the earlier robberies were committed. For that matter, I haven't seen anything that indicates he is even YET a suspect in those robberies. In any case, he is gone, and apparently for good reason.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Ears_Whitworth_in_Orange_Pants:

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Well there appears to be quite a few that know nothing about Law enforcement. First it would be inferring with officers and law enforcement for anyone to alert suspects or anyone else that were under investigation.I am sure that UT police and the UT staff have made that clear to all their employees and do so on a regular basis. The other thing is if he supports the athletes at UT , it doesn't matter what he might suspect he is obligated to just tell the police, staff and not the press or anyone else. A criminal investigation needed to be conducted and not interferer with by hear-say comments. So Trolls up your nose with a rubber hose.

VolGrad writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Jealous? No. Inordinately preoccupied? You meet and exceed the definition.

mrhast1#255881 writes:

Is it against NCAA rules to give each athlete a laptop to use???? We are talking about kids who do not have the resources to buy laptops and every student needs one in todays world. This is not a justification for stealing but if you look at the theft that has ocurred it has generally involved items that kids need to fit in with the general university population whether it be laptops or clothes. I can't believe that there isn't some type of part time employment that would provide the financial means if not thru the athletic department scholarship to help these kids.
That topic of conversation should be held by the Athletic Director and the Compliance director.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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I don't think implying something is a true crime. If it were you'd be in real trouble. You can't have some kid do your typing without implying that you have just a little education or some form of intelligence. And you certainly imply Dooley and Hart are responsible for wrong doing. Some times wish our laws didn't state innocent until proven guilty.

stroker writes:

in response to Observer43:

Let's be fair. It was his Dad not him.

If memory serves me correctly Cam Newton was dismissed from Univ Fl for stealing a laptop.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mrhast1#255881:

Is it against NCAA rules to give each athlete a laptop to use???? We are talking about kids who do not have the resources to buy laptops and every student needs one in todays world. This is not a justification for stealing but if you look at the theft that has ocurred it has generally involved items that kids need to fit in with the general university population whether it be laptops or clothes. I can't believe that there isn't some type of part time employment that would provide the financial means if not thru the athletic department scholarship to help these kids.
That topic of conversation should be held by the Athletic Director and the Compliance director.

You raise an interesting issue. Some schools do provide laptops for students; some schools have made it a requirement for every student to have one, so they help out the ones who can't afford one for themselves. It could also be that purchases like this are usually paid for out of a Pell Grant, which most relatively needier students qualify for.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Kinda like nobody is jealous of a clerk in a TV & Rabbit Ear rental store. That may be why you are "Mr. Lonely". What female would get past the "What do you do" question when talking to you. Your response would be "Well in the daytime I rent TV's and Rabbit Ears to lower-income elderly people and at night I troll a Vols site from the comfort of my parent's basement". The chicks must be standing in line LMAO!

tenndave writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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You are an idiot. Coaches are not the police. HE may have been informed about the situation but for him to speak up immediately may have blown the investigation. So make sure you think before you speak. How could Dooley be coverning up a police investigation. That would lead to his arrest. But Cam may well be guilty of more than we know right now. Dooley doesn't have a badge so lay off let the police do their job.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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What a stupid assumption, and stupid comment.

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

in response to stroker:

If memory serves me correctly Cam Newton was dismissed from Univ Fl for stealing a laptop.

Newton dropped out at UF before he was kicked out. NCAA said he must be in good standing to transfer to a JUCO and be eligible to play. If he were kicked out of school, he would not meet the good standing requirement.

flatrock writes:

in response to Observer43:

Let's be fair. It was his Dad not him.

Actually, it was Cam who pilfered a computer at the University of Felons-Gainesville; his dad apparently collected a wad of cash thru the Chicago-based needy church / family charity that famed social worker John Calipari
utilized while rescuing tall, lanky, athletic
kids from inner city gyms and transporting them to Cam's town, Memphis.

VolinCalif writes:

OK great one.
We won't touch that last one with a vaccinated crow bar. We both know that it is a loser from the word go. But you did say "we are here in Tuscaloosa, Ala." My favorite Trash talkers. So here is one to chew on.
I hope it hits you like a fresh smoking cow Pattie behind the head.
What is the target? Paul Bear Bryant.
The bear was a winner ever where he coached. But be enlightened that there was a coach he not only couldn't beat but just plain couldn't preform against. That Coach being General Robert Neyland.
Now we are talking here about Head coaching not a player etc.
The Bear coached at Maryland 1945, Ky 1945-1953,Texas A&M 1954-1957 and Alabama 1958-1982. His record against the Gen was 5 loses, two ties and 0 wins. He only competed against the Gen while coaching at Kentucky The facts are that the Bear could only manage to score 20 Points against the Gen. That's right only 20 pts in seven tries.
The bear also didn't do that great against the Vols. He played them 34 times, 17 wins, 4 ties and 13 loses, that is a win ratio of 50% or a 56.6 % win ratio against UT. Winning 4 more times out of 34 games doesn't a king make. You want to BS play this one for a little while?
By the way I think the Bear competes with John Mckay as one of the greatest ever Coaches in CFB. But just for you to chew on. He is second rate to the General.

SCVFL writes:

PLEASE STOP RESPONDED TO THE TROLLS!!!!!!!! Can everyone not see that this is how they get their "jollies". IF everyone totally ignores them and they do not get the attention they desperately need, they will just shrivel up and die. But as long as they can get a few moments of legitimacy, they will continue.
PLEASE CONSIDER MY PLEA!!!!

GBO, VFL, GO TENNESSEE

VolinCalif writes:

in response to SCVFL:

PLEASE STOP RESPONDED TO THE TROLLS!!!!!!!! Can everyone not see that this is how they get their "jollies". IF everyone totally ignores them and they do not get the attention they desperately need, they will just shrivel up and die. But as long as they can get a few moments of legitimacy, they will continue.
PLEASE CONSIDER MY PLEA!!!!

GBO, VFL, GO TENNESSEE

You are correct VFL. But what are you going to do between now and the week of the NCS game? KNS is not going to give us any material to talk about period. So trashing it is about all we have this off season.I really don't like the belittling of Dooley. That isn't Trash talking.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SCVFL:

PLEASE STOP RESPONDED TO THE TROLLS!!!!!!!! Can everyone not see that this is how they get their "jollies". IF everyone totally ignores them and they do not get the attention they desperately need, they will just shrivel up and die. But as long as they can get a few moments of legitimacy, they will continue.
PLEASE CONSIDER MY PLEA!!!!

GBO, VFL, GO TENNESSEE

Good advice! http://anti-troll.org/

"We have been studying Troll behavior for many years, and find that the main reason they act this way is because of mental health issues or psychological problems. This has been discussed in depth with psychologists and therapists, and they have come to the same conclusions: That trolls are people with serious socialogical, psychological and deep-seated mental issues, stemming from either sexual abuse, mental illness, and problems with their sexual identity."

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Kinda like nobody is jealous of a clerk in a TV & Rabbit Ear rental store. That may be why you are "Mr. Lonely". What female would get past the "What do you do" question when talking to you. Your response would be "Well in the daytime I rent TV's and Rabbit Ears to lower-income elderly people and at night I troll a Vols site from the comfort of my parent's basement". The chicks must be standing in line LMAO!

laughed mine off too

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