The speculation is over.
And so is Jeronne Maymon’s 2012-13 season.
The Tennessee senior forward will redshirt this season as a result of a left knee injury and intends to return to the Vols in 2013-14 as a fifth-year senior, UT coach Cuonzo Martin announced Sunday night in a university press release.
"It's really tough to know that I can't be on the court with my teammates this season," Maymon said in the release. "But I have confidence in them, just like I have confidence in these coaches and our medical staff. I know this is in my best interest, and I am going to work incredibly hard to come back as an even better player and teammate next season. I love Tennessee.
"I believe everything happens for a reason, and I see this injury as a blessing in disguise. God does not make mistakes."
Calls from the News Sentinel to Martin on Sunday night were not immediately responded to.
Inactive since playing two games during the Vols’ exhibition tour of Italy in August, Maymon has yet to practice during the ongoing UT season. The Vols are 8-4 without the preseason All-SEC second-team selection and are coming off an 85-80 loss to Memphis. UT begins SEC play Wednesday against Ole Miss.
Maymon underwent arthroscopic surgery to address a torn meniscus on March 20 at UT Medical Center. When the season arrived, he was out of service and on crutches.
As a result of student privacy laws, nothing was revealed by Martin or UT about the extent of the injury, the specifics of Maymon’s setbacks or a timetable for his return.
According to Sunday night’s release, Martin will comment on Maymon’s redshirt during a noon media luncheon on Monday.
On Dec. 11, UT director of compliance Todd Dooley told the News Sentinel that Maymon is eligible for a medical redshirt without any special NCAA waiver.
Having transferred to UT from Marquette nine games into his freshman year in 2009-10, Maymon will be a fifth-year senior in 2013-14, thus complying with NCAA eligibility rules.
Maymon's return will fill the program's last remaining available scholarship for next season.
The Madison, Wis., native averaged 12.7 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior.
Asked in late December if he would bring Maymon back for the final stages of this season if his knee were healed, Martin said, "I wouldn't bring him out if there's a month left in the season. I wouldn't do that to Jeronne."
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn