Tennessee RB Marlin Lane out for 'disciplinary reasons'

Lane has missed three practices since Vols returned from break

University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones advises running back Marlin Lane during the practice and first scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones advises running back Marlin Lane during the practice and first scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Running back Marlin Lane was missing again during Saturday’s scrimmage at Neyland Stadium, and Tennessee coach Butch Jones said his absence was due to “disciplinary reasons.”

Jones did not give a timetable for Lane’s possible return.

After Lane missed a practice last week, Jones said he was dealing with an illness in his family. After he missed practice on Thursday, assistant coaches deferred questions to Jones. His announcement on Saturday would seem to cast doubt on Lane’s future with the team.

A junior from Daytona Beach, Fla., Lane rushed 120 times for 658 yards and caught 29 passes for 228 yards in 2012. He was the leading candidate to win the top running back job this spring.

Those duties will now fall to senior Rajion Neal. Beyond him, the depth is perilously thin. Redshirt freshman Alden Hill, who played well in Saturday’s scrimmage, is currently the next option behind Neal.

Check GoVolsXtra shortly for a full recap of Saturday’s scrimmage, including video and photos.

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bosscat writes:

Sounds like ButTch means business.

bosscat writes:

Sorry--meant BuTch

nocleats writes:

Note to players or anyone else..... Drug testing has caught up to the masking agents that can be found at Health food stores , Vitamen clinics, online, etc... as a matter of fact, testing positive for these masking agents will qualify for failed drug tests as well. If you wish to appeal a failed urine test, a hair test will be used and it can read from 4 to 9 months back!.. If you are about to take a test and know you will fail, you can seek help, you will be suspended from the team until you have gone through a rehab program at which point you can rejoin the team, but, you will be subjected to many more random tests( See Janzen Jackson, etc.....

6972 writes:

J.Jackson, D.Rogers, M. Lane etc ad infinitum ad nauseam. Will these people never learn? Thousands of kids would love to have the opportunity to wear O&W and others have the same opportunity to wear it and then flush it down the toilet. I don't get it.

bUTch_please writes:

Coach Jones has preached "consistency" in all things since he walked off the jet. Wouldn't expect him to be anything but consistent with the expectations he communicated to the team.

Believe or be gone.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Lane found out quick..BJ: It's my way or the highway!!

richvol writes:

Way to go Lane...DA.

ollias#273315 writes:

....another player down "the lane" YUK

Supersayin1 writes:

Dangit!! This hurts becuse we don't have antrue SEC RB's as is on the team! And No I do not think Jabo Lee will be an SEC Gamebuster; before anyone brings him up! He was a clean up last minute choice by a RB coach that was already on his way out the door!! I hope Hill can be a much better RB!

SevenT writes:

Bye Bye Lane

UTvols33 writes:

I could be wrong, but it seems like Coach Jones may be eliminating the bad eggs, or maybe the potheads. Gordon, now Lane. Too bad though, good ball players.

CoverOrange writes:

Why didn't CBJ just say so in the first place? What purpose was served by the obfuscation?

notorange writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Why didn't CBJ just say so in the first place? What purpose was served by the obfuscation?

I'm surprised the word police at GVXTRA didn't edit that word....Someone there must have googled the meaning..LOL

pingkr62 writes:

Sounds like two more scholarships available. Give them to players who have earned and deserve them! G.B.O.!!!

VolGrad writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

Dangit!! This hurts becuse we don't have antrue SEC RB's as is on the team! And No I do not think Jabo Lee will be an SEC Gamebuster; before anyone brings him up! He was a clean up last minute choice by a RB coach that was already on his way out the door!! I hope Hill can be a much better RB!

It will be another year, but help is on its way: http://bit.ly/XyZKYD

Go Vols!#RiseToTheTop

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

Dangit!! This hurts becuse we don't have antrue SEC RB's as is on the team! And No I do not think Jabo Lee will be an SEC Gamebuster; before anyone brings him up! He was a clean up last minute choice by a RB coach that was already on his way out the door!! I hope Hill can be a much better RB!

Hill may be a pleasant surprise, he's shown power and break away speed this Spring.

gohawks1 writes:

Pass. Pass a lot.

maciste54 writes:

Man or mouse Marlin ? Man or mouse ?

VolinCalif writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Why didn't CBJ just say so in the first place? What purpose was served by the obfuscation?

My guess is the delay was just a factor of Lane's looking for some means to work around the problem. This family illness thing is just getting a little old but it does give folks a little time to start working on the issues.It appears once there was no questions about the charge that Butch went straight to the heart of the problem and it is going to be Butch's way. So I hope Lane gets another chance but for some reason I doubt he will. Butch isn't going to have the options of playing games to keep players. He has to be all business no exceptions.

Lvillebill writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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^^^ idiot.

VolsFan82 writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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I do not like the smell of troll in the evening.

VolsFan82 writes:

I commend CBJ for holding Marlin Lane and Eric Gordon accountable for their conduct and sending a clear message to the entire team that destructive behavior will not be tolerated. With that being said, will any RBs be coming in the fall to help our depth at that position?

Vol43 writes:

in response to 6972:

J.Jackson, D.Rogers, M. Lane etc ad infinitum ad nauseam. Will these people never learn? Thousands of kids would love to have the opportunity to wear O&W and others have the same opportunity to wear it and then flush it down the toilet. I don't get it.

I don't know either.

knoxknothead writes:

I would bet that most of the people posting about the lousy coaches ut has had are the ones who wanted Phil fired, you got what you wished for

Vol43 writes:

in response to knoxknothead:

I would bet that most of the people posting about the lousy coaches ut has had are the ones who wanted Phil fired, you got what you wished for

I wanted him fired. Knoxknothead? Sounds about right.

MarbleVol48 writes:

This doesn't bother me at all. Alden Hill can carry the mail and at 6'-3" - 217lbs. will be an excellent back up to Neal. Don't worry, everything will be okay at RB!!

etu_vol_fan writes:

Dumb kids don't realize what a chance they got in life to wear the orange and white. Playing for UT opens doors that would never be opened.

OwensboroVol writes:

Shame. I saw glimpses of greatness from this kid. It really is a shame when the ones with real talent can't seem to overcome their demons so they can work and achieve the greatness God intended for them.

BigbearVol writes:

I feel sorry for the team that had to draft Lane for their point system. Draft day BUST. For everyone dissin Coach Jones before he has even coached a game, give it a rest. I'm convinced most of the negative posters have to wear a helmet everywhere. LIFE GOES ON CORKY! SHEESH!

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

in response to nocleats:

Note to players or anyone else..... Drug testing has caught up to the masking agents that can be found at Health food stores , Vitamen clinics, online, etc... as a matter of fact, testing positive for these masking agents will qualify for failed drug tests as well. If you wish to appeal a failed urine test, a hair test will be used and it can read from 4 to 9 months back!.. If you are about to take a test and know you will fail, you can seek help, you will be suspended from the team until you have gone through a rehab program at which point you can rejoin the team, but, you will be subjected to many more random tests( See Janzen Jackson, etc.....

You sound like someone knowledgable on drug testing; I am too. As a hint to parents, "hair testing" is the most absolute way to test your kids for drugs, you cannot mask it, and it stays in the roots of their hair for up to 6 months (depends on the person).. all test labs certify around 99.5% accuracy up to only 90 days.. That's the kind of assurance you need.

UT Athletics will not use hair testing over urine because it is so deadly accurate, if they did, half the time would spending the winter with Marlin Lane in Florida.

GO VOLS

laraccoon writes:

i aint privy but from what some of you all are saying he took a few puffs , not that uncommon .So he quits toking and re-tests in 30 days and he is clean . maybes he is back by fall .i think dude was primed for a good year , he was very decent last year with a questionable staff .

EDDIE_2 writes:

I guess they will never learn.If screwing up everything is your thing,then Tennessee does not need you.I prefer Alden Hill anyway.

Supersayin1 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Hill may be a pleasant surprise, he's shown power and break away speed this Spring.

I think so too!

Classof72 writes:

The players should not take street drugs. Team physicians should prescribe antidepressants to the players until the team beomes competitive. However, UT should give away funny brownies in the stands next year so the fans can enjoy the game experience:

"Who scored, man? Are we losing again?"

"Who cares, man? This is cool. Pass me another brownie and check out the Jumbotron."

Booze is more traditional, but drunk fans tend to get depressed and jump off the top of the stadium, making a mess. Dope produces a more mellow fan who can chill 'til things get better, or even if they don't get better. Whatever.

For those of us who don't do drugs or booze, next year may be a bit challenging. GO VOLS, anyway!

volnbig11land writes:

I sincerely hope whatever the problem is, Marlin gets it together and gets back with the team. We need all the able body running backs we can find!

Go Vols!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Classof72:

The players should not take street drugs. Team physicians should prescribe antidepressants to the players until the team beomes competitive. However, UT should give away funny brownies in the stands next year so the fans can enjoy the game experience:

"Who scored, man? Are we losing again?"

"Who cares, man? This is cool. Pass me another brownie and check out the Jumbotron."

Booze is more traditional, but drunk fans tend to get depressed and jump off the top of the stadium, making a mess. Dope produces a more mellow fan who can chill 'til things get better, or even if they don't get better. Whatever.

For those of us who don't do drugs or booze, next year may be a bit challenging. GO VOLS, anyway!

That's funny, but spoken like a true pot-head..Why do we put so much pressure on the fb team?? My wife pointed this out last year..The night before a game I couldn't sleep or eat, and after the game I was a basket case/depressed. Why put yourself through such misery?? It's only a game, but many fans/alumni (myself included) put undue pressure on young athletes for our own desires/wants. We all need to lighten the hell up and enjoy this 2013 team rather than wish the season away hoping next year yields a SEC championship squad. I believe in CBJ and I'm proud of every player on UT's roster regardless if they win 5 games or 12..GBO!!

Volunatic writes:

Well, I hate to see him throw away his future like this. It would be nice if he could be dedicated to being the best player that he can be, and show that he cares about his team.
If the rumors are correct about the reason for the discipline, then it IS a "family medical issue"-- his family needs to be involved in helping him get back on track, whether that is as a Vol player or not.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Coach says he may be able to return before spring practice ends. Things will be fine. Why all the speculation? Bunch of women gossiping on this board.

RealisticVol writes:

in response to Volunatic:

Well, I hate to see him throw away his future like this. It would be nice if he could be dedicated to being the best player that he can be, and show that he cares about his team.
If the rumors are correct about the reason for the discipline, then it IS a "family medical issue"-- his family needs to be involved in helping him get back on track, whether that is as a Vol player or not.

Good post. The number of haters writing on here is sad. Putting down the kid for having a problem is pathetic and shows more about the writer than anything else. I hope he can overcome his problem and make use of his talent, hopefully for us. I think it is very sad, that so many kids with multimillion dollar futures end up down and out instead. Other people would do anything for the chance to have a potential future like these kids throw away.

RealisticVol writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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So I suppose we are to take your opinion over Peyton's opinion. Hahahahahaha

Sir_Spanky writes:

It's really time, boys and girls, to let go of the Phil Fulmer thing.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

It's really time, boys and girls, to let go of the Phil Fulmer thing.

Or Majors, Battle, Dickey, McDonald, Wyatt and Neyland..

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Hill may be a pleasant surprise, he's shown power and break away speed this Spring.

One of the first comments I read from Jay Graham was about Alden Hill's size and strength. That was before mono set him back.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

One of the first comments I read from Jay Graham was about Alden Hill's size and strength. That was before mono set him back.

Good point..The man was Mr. fb in Ohio so there is no doubt he's talented. Can he be another bruiser back option to Neal?? I think he can, the potential is there, now if CBJ's and staff can unlock that potential.

Snapshot writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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Someone who actually played for the Vols (Peyton) gave a ringing endorsement for Butch Jones, so I'll trust him over a benchwarmer like you!

Go find yourself a team you CAN cheer for, bama jeff.

tuscavol writes:

Am I missing something here? Where in this limited article did it say he was out because he failed a drug test? If I overlooked that sentence please let me know. What if ML told the coaches he had to return home because of a family illness and when he didnt return by the date he was supposed to they found out he lied. I hope drugs are not at the heart of this but lets not assume it is because that may not be the case at all.

florida-volfan writes:

Hopefully this young man gets it together and comes back ready to go....I always liked him, he seems to be a team player and was very productive last year. Depth is a big concern for us, and has been the last several years. We certainly need him back

Snapshot writes:

in response to tuscavol:

Am I missing something here? Where in this limited article did it say he was out because he failed a drug test? If I overlooked that sentence please let me know. What if ML told the coaches he had to return home because of a family illness and when he didnt return by the date he was supposed to they found out he lied. I hope drugs are not at the heart of this but lets not assume it is because that may not be the case at all.

Local host of WMNL talk show said today Lane missed class and had been late or missed some team meetings lately. Not a good way to stay on the coaches good side.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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I was thinking more of a horse's orifice, but between us, I think we have described both the cause and the effect.

rb4346 writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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Good gosh Johnny boy, sounds like you need to take an enema.

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