Tennessee Program Reeling From Arrests

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton says his tolerance for athletes being involved in criminal activity “has gone to zero” after a second high-profile series of arrests in less than two months. ┬áSenior forward Tyler Smith, junior point guard Melvin Goins, junior center Brian Williams and sophomore guard Cameron Tatum are suspended indefinitely after being arrested Friday on gun and drug charges.

In November, three freshmen football players were charged with attempted armed robbery. Two of them, wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards, were dismissed.

“I think it’s a really good time to do a gut check with our student-athletes and our coaches and our staff to make sure we’re doing everything possible,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said he and other Tennessee officials may look at long-term changes to the athletic department’s policies on drug usage and gun ownership. (from espn.com)

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