Tennessee leaves door open for Marlin Lane's possible return

Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane Jr. (15) runs the ball during the first half against Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane Jr. (15) runs the ball during the first half against Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Suspended running back Marlin Lane was absent for the third consecutive practice and fourth since players returned from spring break, but coach Butch Jones continued to leave the door open for his return.

Jones said there were "criteria" that Lane needed to meet in order to be reinstated.

Fellow running back Rajion Neal said he speaks to Lane regularly. Lane was back in Knoxville but contending with a "sensitive situation," Neal said.

Neal said he expected and "hoped and prayed" that Lane would eventually return to the team.

Jones wasn't entirely satisfied with what was likely the final practice at Haslam Field on Wednesday. After a sloppy team period, Jones yelled, "Let's get better at this!" Then, dissatisfied with the way players ran to the next station, he called the entire team to the middle of the field for some choice words.

"I thought we were a little rusty," Jones said afterwards. 'We need to finish (spring practice) with a mindset of physicality."

For a full rundown of today's practice notes and observations, read Evan Woodbery's blog.

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Comments » 35

BrassMonkey writes:

Oh Jeez this old game again.

BrassMonkey writes:

Dooley's main issue was that he could not keep the best talent on the field and this sounds like a move from a coach that 99% of GVX posters were convinced was the next Saban. Dooley 2.0

romevol writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Oh Jeez this old game again.

+1

mikethehistorystudent writes:

Get him back or boot him out. Don't play around with it. The longer this issue lingers, the worse it is.

pcorange writes:

Here we go with the idiotic comments. We don't know why Lane is off the team, but it sounds like a door is open if he wants to do what he needs to do. Dooley's record had nothing to do with the talent on the field. He had no idea how to make halftime or gametime adjustments, that is why he had a losing record.

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to pcorange:

Here we go with the idiotic comments. We don't know why Lane is off the team, but it sounds like a door is open if he wants to do what he needs to do. Dooley's record had nothing to do with the talent on the field. He had no idea how to make halftime or gametime adjustments, that is why he had a losing record.

+1

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to pcorange:

Here we go with the idiotic comments. We don't know why Lane is off the team, but it sounds like a door is open if he wants to do what he needs to do. Dooley's record had nothing to do with the talent on the field. He had no idea how to make halftime or gametime adjustments, that is why he had a losing record.

Aman

just4utk writes:

I'm just guessing, but it sounds like drugs. He probably failed the drug test and has to get counciling and cleaned up before he's allowed back.

VFLife writes:

in response to HooRay_Vol:

+1

+2

NowHearThis writes:

Sounds like Dooley all over again.

I understand these guys are football coaches, but they do work for a university. Perhaps a little refresher history class would do the new staff good.

GR82BTNVOL writes:

in response to VFLife:

+2

+3

madmaxvol writes:

in response to GR82BTNVOL:

+3

(3a)(2c)/(2x+5)-4

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Whatever it is let's wish the young man well and pray that he get's his life back on the right track. Everyone deserves another chance, everyone.

antonio14313 writes:

i think that it's really cool that Neal didn't dime out Lane's situation. that's Lane's to tell. hopefully he get's it all worked out! go vols.

t

standfast#211788 writes:

Attention: Marlin Lane
Regardless of what you did or did not do, and regardless of how you feel today, and regardless of how you view your situation, you are better off returning to the team. You should talk to Coach Jones and get everything out in the open and squared away. If you do not like the coaches, if you do not like the University of Tennessee, if you think you have been mistreated, or if you are embarassed by what you have or have not done, come back and talk to the coaches. Put it behind you and get back with your teammates. Work hard and do your best. Play by the rules. Shoot straight with your coaches and teammates. Then, at the end of next football season, if you just don't like it at UT, you can transfer to some other school. At least give yourself a chance to improve, play some football and earn everyone's respect. Don't go down the road of so many other athletes who have messed up and quit. You will respect yourself for working hard and everyone else will respect you. Most people make mistakes when they are young. You are no different. Get back with your teammates, work hard and things will work out for the best. I speak from experience. Best of luck to you whatever you decide.

antonio14313 writes:

"Jones was asked who had impressed him this spring. Here's his list: RBs Alden Hill and Rajion Neal; LB Dontavis Sapp; DB Justin Coleman; OLs James Stone, Zach Fulton and Ja'Wuan James; and QBs Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman."

QBs justin worley AND QBs nathan peterman BOTH impresses coach jones. I LIKE! go vols!

t

ivyvol writes:

in response to standfast#211788:

Attention: Marlin Lane
Regardless of what you did or did not do, and regardless of how you feel today, and regardless of how you view your situation, you are better off returning to the team. You should talk to Coach Jones and get everything out in the open and squared away. If you do not like the coaches, if you do not like the University of Tennessee, if you think you have been mistreated, or if you are embarassed by what you have or have not done, come back and talk to the coaches. Put it behind you and get back with your teammates. Work hard and do your best. Play by the rules. Shoot straight with your coaches and teammates. Then, at the end of next football season, if you just don't like it at UT, you can transfer to some other school. At least give yourself a chance to improve, play some football and earn everyone's respect. Don't go down the road of so many other athletes who have messed up and quit. You will respect yourself for working hard and everyone else will respect you. Most people make mistakes when they are young. You are no different. Get back with your teammates, work hard and things will work out for the best. I speak from experience. Best of luck to you whatever you decide.

Maybe the best post and advice I've read on this site. Good job Standfast!

CCLC writes:

in response to ivyvol:

Maybe the best post and advice I've read on this site. Good job Standfast!

Attention ivyvol: TLDR. I'm sure Lane didn't either. Gosh what is going on in here? UT’s schedule looks particularly brutal. The Vols could be playing five top-10 teams in 42 days. I guess we’ll see how Jancek earns the big bucks but please can't everyone stop the AA platitudes and focus on getting prepared for a tough season. Lane sorry you are unprepared for college football, college discipline, and life in the big league. Seeya.
NEXT!

papavol writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Dooley's main issue was that he could not keep the best talent on the field and this sounds like a move from a coach that 99% of GVX posters were convinced was the next Saban. Dooley 2.0

If Saban, Dooley (and thousands of other coaches) use this same tactic, how does this make him a terrible coach when other coaches have success doing the same thing?

You need to either get a life or go troll somewhere else.

givehim6 writes:

All Lane has to do is look at all the ex Vols who have went down the road he is about to go down, and see where most end up at. Just ask Da Rick if it was a wise choice.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to ivyvol:

Maybe the best post and advice I've read on this site. Good job Standfast!

I agree!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to papavol:

If Saban, Dooley (and thousands of other coaches) use this same tactic, how does this make him a terrible coach when other coaches have success doing the same thing?

You need to either get a life or go troll somewhere else.

I guess monkey-spank thinks if a player ever fails a drug test, he, or she should be kicked off the team, and then dismissed from school. It's good that most people are reasonable, and don't think the way he does. G.B.O.!!!

Vol43 writes:

in response to CCLC:

Attention ivyvol: TLDR. I'm sure Lane didn't either. Gosh what is going on in here? UT’s schedule looks particularly brutal. The Vols could be playing five top-10 teams in 42 days. I guess we’ll see how Jancek earns the big bucks but please can't everyone stop the AA platitudes and focus on getting prepared for a tough season. Lane sorry you are unprepared for college football, college discipline, and life in the big league. Seeya.
NEXT!

Gosh Rover, thanks for your unhelpful and unsolicited input. You love the Vols.

jt45 writes:

You gotta love all the crystal balls on this site, not one of you knows that he is not doing what was ask of him and yet here you are giving advice to the internet world on a KNS sports article thread.
How about just waiting to read some FACTS before making up accusations or calling for a hangman.

movol77 writes:

in response to GR82BTNVOL:

+3

+4

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

How long are the idiots gonna continue to bring up Dooley killin us (or Hamilton or Fulmer). Get over it already!

chattabluetick writes:

I havn't heard of any filing of serial #'s off of guns or hitting anyone over the head to steal a card for vending machine use so lets cool it and cut this guy some slack. It may not be that serious so lets let CBJ handle it and then he can be judged on how he did. If minor he probably has chance to return and if major I believe CBJ would have already shown him the door.

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Dooley is yesterday's news. He's gone. Long gone. So give it up already. Your real point, although you don't have the guts to say it aloud, is that you think Phil Fulmer should be brought back as head football coach. It ain't gonna happen, Jeffy, so move on.

But the REALLY sleazy thing you did is make mention of Marlin Lane's previous arrest, and pretend like everybody hushed it up to get him into Tennessee. Nothing could have been further from the truth. GVX had at least 2 articles about it:

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2011/m...

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2011/m...

The charges were dropped. He wasn't convicted of ANYTHING. But you, in your infinite wisdom, believe that you know more about that situation than the prosecutor and/or judge in Volusia County. You know that an arrest means he's guilty; who needs any stinkin' trial?

Maybe we do have a "healthy appetite for delusion" as you claim. What we DON'T have is any appetite for the BS you serve up ad nauseum.

Face facts, Jeffy: your dad was a certifiable hero in the civil rights movement. Your brother was a great football player. You couldn't fill either one of their shoes. You're a failure. We all know it, but it's past time for you to come to grips with that fact yourself. Your failures, like you, are no big deal.

Vol43 writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Your homosexuality betrays you.

SouthPaVol writes:

in response to antonio14313:

"Jones was asked who had impressed him this spring. Here's his list: RBs Alden Hill and Rajion Neal; LB Dontavis Sapp; DB Justin Coleman; OLs James Stone, Zach Fulton and Ja'Wuan James; and QBs Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman."

QBs justin worley AND QBs nathan peterman BOTH impresses coach jones. I LIKE! go vols!

t

I LIKE! is right!

From my viewpoint, we have 5 very good QBs. The Knoxville walk-on may get reps (72% completion rate) before it's over.

At QB, O-line, and safety we have serious talent! Go Vols!

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

please show me where Jeff Flowers lettered in football at UT. Track yes, football no
http://volstclub.com/wp-content/uploa...

tennrich1 writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I gotta tell you...I tried...I really did...YOU MADE NO SENSE WHATSOEVER...but I tried...

underthehill writes:

in response to standfast#211788:

Attention: Marlin Lane
Regardless of what you did or did not do, and regardless of how you feel today, and regardless of how you view your situation, you are better off returning to the team. You should talk to Coach Jones and get everything out in the open and squared away. If you do not like the coaches, if you do not like the University of Tennessee, if you think you have been mistreated, or if you are embarassed by what you have or have not done, come back and talk to the coaches. Put it behind you and get back with your teammates. Work hard and do your best. Play by the rules. Shoot straight with your coaches and teammates. Then, at the end of next football season, if you just don't like it at UT, you can transfer to some other school. At least give yourself a chance to improve, play some football and earn everyone's respect. Don't go down the road of so many other athletes who have messed up and quit. You will respect yourself for working hard and everyone else will respect you. Most people make mistakes when they are young. You are no different. Get back with your teammates, work hard and things will work out for the best. I speak from experience. Best of luck to you whatever you decide.

I could not agree more with the advice ..however..this situation comes down to the value the person places on what is going on in his life..if it's drugs ..are they stronger than his will to get out..I was glad D'rick went to Tech and appears to be out..I hope Lane gets out whether or not he stays at UT..

whatthe84 writes:

in response to sly_stone99#434111:

Whatever it is let's wish the young man well and pray that he get's his life back on the right track. Everyone deserves another chance, everyone.

What did he do? I believe in second chances but I would need to know what the infraction was before I would say everyone deserves a second chance.

CCLC writes:

in response to Vol43:

Gosh Rover, thanks for your unhelpful and unsolicited input. You love the Vols.

Lately, if you haven't noticed the impact of playing against a loser impacts our SOS. Go Vols!

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