New Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall did the right thing when he released the four signees he inherited.
But it's going to hurt.
Tyndall runs the risk of bringing a butter knife into the sword fight of an SEC schedule. Even though the recruiting class compiled by Cuonzo Martin lacked big names, it would have provided across-the-board depth that Tennessee desperately needs.
The Vols are short on bodies and talent. Only eight scholarship players remain, and one of them, Quinton Chievous, had planned to transfer but now says he will see how offseason workouts go before deciding whether to remain at Tennessee for his junior season.
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