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Vols boot Richardson, Edwards

For those looking for Lane Kiffin to swing the suspension hammer on three of his players arrested last week, he’s done one better.

The Tennessee head coach has kicked two of them from the football program.

According to a press release just issued by the school, Kiffin has dismissed wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards less than a week after they were arrested and charged with three counts each of attempted armed robbery.

As for the third player facing the same charges — safety Janzen Jackson — Kiffin has not yet decided his fate as he gathers additional information.  He will remain away from the team and barred from team activities as the probe continues.

Here’s the full text of the school’s statement:

University of Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday that freshman wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards have been permanently dismissed from the football team.

“After extensive and thorough research of the situation over the last four days and considering various disciplinary options, I’ve decided it’s in the best interest of our program to remove Nu’Keese and Mike,” Kiffin said. “As I’ve said many times before, we hold our student-athletes to an extremely high standard on and off the field. Our student-athletes must be responsible members of society, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated.

“We want a positive culture for our student-athletes that allows them to succeed in the classroom, on the field, and in life after college. My hope is that these two young men will learn from their terrible decision. Clearly, their actions have no place in our program.”

Janzen Jackson will continue to not be allowed to participate in team activities while Kiffin awaits additional information.

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24 Responses to “Vols boot Richardson, Edwards”
  1. tampalawyer says: Nov 16, 2009 2:19 PM

    Wow — my hat is off to Lane Kiffin. He did the right thing and my respect for him just went up.

  2. Dallas1012 says: Nov 16, 2009 2:22 PM

    I have been a Lane basher his whole entire time at U of T, however I can now place him up there with Steve Spurrier. These kids are in school first and foremost to get an education and then to play football in that order. Well done Coach Kiffin I agree with you 100%. I will now start rooting for the VOL’s this coming from a Gator. Hard choice to make but Coach Kiffin has now put his program as one of the elite’s in the country. Pay attention Oregon!!!

  3. gator_prof says: Nov 16, 2009 2:40 PM

    What is the additional information? He was there, but didn’t know what was actually going on?

  4. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 16, 2009 2:41 PM

    “We want a positive culture for our student-athletes that allows them to succeed in the classroom, on the field, and in life after college. ”
    ————-
    Did he offer a chance for them to finish school or did he give them a bus ticket back to the slums he picked them up from?
    Imagine it is the latter which means he could have left the last paragraph out of his quote.

  5. Gatorfan1 says: Nov 16, 2009 2:48 PM

    Fixed it:
    University of Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday that freshman wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards have been permanently dismissed from the football team, because after speaking with the President of the University I realized that there was no way in hell I was going to get my own way. Even though I cried and threatened to hold my breath until turning blue!
    “After extensive and thorough research of the situation over the last four days and considering various disciplinary options and realizing that these thugs are going to jail, I’ve decided it’s in the best interest of our program to remove Nu’Keese and Mike,” Kiffin said. “As I’ve said many times before, we hold our student-athletes to an extremely low standard on and off the field. Our student-athletes must be irresponsible members of society, and this type of conduct will be tolerated if the CHARGES cannot be proved. Unfortunatley for me, they can be.
    “We want a “street cred” culture for our student-athletes that allows them to succeed in the streets, on the Cocaine fields, and in life sentences after college. My hope is that these two young men will learn from their terrible decision of getting caught. Clearly, their actions have no place in our program.” But let’s face it, these 3 morons left me no choice and I hope they end up pumping gas in South Carolina for the rest of their lives.
    Janzen Jackson will continue to not be allowed to participate in team activities while Kiffin awaits additional information.
    It my sincere hope that the police screw up it’s investigation and Janzen Jackson can get off on a technicality. Eventhough 3 hoods were found in the car! I’m also asking for YOU the fans & alumni assistance in helping the VOL Nation. Please keep emailing the President of the University and threaten to withhold contributions so he will get the message that I run this university and not him. It is everyone’s best interest that Jackson be allowed to play so we can build a championship team.
    I will also continue running my mouth and compare ARMED ROBBERY to an eye-gouging incident on the field of sport in the heat of battle.
    And contrary to reports, I in no way delayed these finding to hide the fact that my dad’s defense got the hell (tricked)beat out of it by the 3rd straight spread offense. The old man doesn’t know how to account for the quarterback. After petitioning the NCAA & SEC and being TOLD that they will not outlaw these defenses even after we told then who we are (The Kiffins), we have decided that we now have to actually COACH our players to defend the spread.
    I am continuing my fact finding and talking to these morons that they need to be more careful and not get caught when trying to improve the football team’s “street cred”.
    I will have no more to say on this issue, unless of course the president of the University doesn’t give into me concerning Jackson!
    Have a good day!

  6. ReefCup says: Nov 16, 2009 2:59 PM

    It is amazing that the one player that has failed a drug test and was suspended for a separate issue is still on the team. Oh wait he was the only starter of the 3.
    As the song says – “2 out of 3 ain’t bad.”

  7. Gary McAuley says: Nov 16, 2009 7:06 PM

    Let’s not compare this with Blount at Oregon. What these 3 kids did was premediated assault with weapons and hoods. What Blount did was stupid, but certainly not premediated.

  8. CoffinOfChaos says: Nov 16, 2009 7:24 PM

    Yeah, let’s not jump to giving Kiffin too much, if any credit for this. Anyone that is constantly following SEC football knows that Nu’Keese Richardson has been voicing his discontent with the UT program since he got there. Most people thought he was going to quit the team at the end of the season anyway if not before.
    Mike Edwards…let me rephrase, Mike Edwards? He was only a 3 star and went to UT because UT was the only worthwhile school recruiting him. Unless you count Ohio State…which I don’t.
    Janzen Jackson on the other hand happens to be an awesome 5 star recruit who was snagged from both Nick Saban and Les Miles. In other words, if there’s anyway to get around it, he’s not going anywhere and kicking off a nobody and a guy who was about to quit on you and openly bad mouthed your program all season isn’t really a reason to suddenly respect Kiffin.

  9. Minibull says: Nov 16, 2009 9:23 PM

    Hey Gatorfan1, want to bet a buck that Nu’Keese ends up with the Gators?
    Remember, Urban is the coach who likes to give star players arrested on Felony drug charges one game suspensions…

  10. Minibull says: Nov 16, 2009 9:30 PM

    Janzen’s not out of the woods yet. He was arrested for being in the same car as that Florida hood Nu’Keese and Edwards, so now he has to convince Kiffin and the DA that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    I’d say the minimum he’ll get is off the team the rest of the year – with a maximum of getting booted also.
    Remember kiddies, nothing good happens to college players out wandering around after midnight.

  11. gator_prof says: Nov 16, 2009 9:35 PM

    Minibull, I assume that you are talking about Brandon James.
    Let’s see, a felony drug charge that was dropped due to a small amount (purchasing 8 grams) compared to attempted armed robbery….hmmm, which is worse?
    Yeah, I am sure that Urban is on the phone right now with NR.
    Your logic is impeccable.

  12. Gatorfan1 says: Nov 17, 2009 7:36 AM

    Minibull:
    Have you thought about changing your handle to …say….Majorbull….that pretty much sums up what comes out of the Tennessee coach & fans nowadays!!!

  13. Gatorfan1 says: Nov 17, 2009 9:58 AM

    Minibull:
    Have you thought of changing your signature to Majorbull?
    That seems to be what comes out of the mouth of the Tennessee coach & its fans nowadays!

  14. GoCanes says: Nov 17, 2009 12:40 PM

    Shut up.
    The tension has built so thick around the number 24 — the reported arrests under Urban Meyer since 2005.
    JANORIS JENKINS
    Charge: Misdemeanor affray and resisting arrest without violence for his role in a May 30, 2009 fight outside a downtown Gainesville night club.
    MARQUIS HANNAH
    Charge: Felony burglary of an occupied dwelling unarmed and misdemeanor battery in late April 2009 for allegedly forcing his way into a Gainesville apartment and punching a man in the face.
    CARL JOHNSON
    Charge: Misdemeanor violation of a sexual restraining order in February 2009 after getting on the same campus bus as an ex-girlfriend. The woman previously filed a petition claiming Johnson date-raped her on three occasions.
    RILEY COOPER
    Charge: Misdemeanor resisting an officer and failure comply with a police or fire department in February 2009. Campus police cited Cooper for not getting out of the way of a moving car upon police’s orders, according to Johnson.
    CAM NEWTON
    Charge: Felony counts of burglary, larceny and obstruction of justice in November after allegedly stealing a laptop from a UF student and throwing it out his dormitory window upon police suspicion.
    JACQUES RICKERSON
    Charge #1: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in February 2007.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped without legal ramifications.
    Charge #2: Felony domestic violence by strangulation and felony obstruction of justice after a November 2008 altercation with a girlfriend.
    TORREY DAVIS
    Charge: Misdemeanor knowingly driving with a suspended license on numerous occasions, including once in July 2008 and another in March 2009 – two weeks after he left the team – that placed him in jail.
    JAMAR HORNSBY
    Charge #1: Cited for misdemeanor property damage and criminal mischief in April 2007 for allegedly throwing a man onto the hood of a car during a fight.
    Charge #2: Unauthorized use of a credit card to obtain goods and services, a felony, along with misdemeanor larceny of a credit card for allegedly making more than 70 fradulent charges on the gas credit card of a female UF student who died seven months earlier.
    JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM
    Charge: Misdemeanor battery in December 2007 for an altercation with a clerk at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop in Gainesville. Cunningham allegedly threw paper cups at the clerk.
    TONY JOINER
    Charge: Felony theft in October 2007 for breaking into a car impound and retrieving his girlfriend’s car, which had been towed.
    RONNIE WILSON
    Charge #1: Aggravated assault, battery and use of display of a concealed weapon during commission of a felony in April 2007 for shooting a semiautomatic rifle after a dispute with another man.
    Charge #2: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in January 2008.
    Charge #3: One count of battery and one count of assault for an altercation at an apartment complex in October.
    DUSTIN DOE
    Charge: Misdemeanor affray and resisting arrest for his role in an April 2007 fight.
    DORIAN MUNROE
    Charge: Felony theft in May 2007 when he removed a University Police boot from his car and put it in his trunk.
    JOHN CURTIS
    Charge: Misdemeanor violation of probation in May 2007 after failing to serve five hours of community service stemming from an alcohol citation.
    BRANDON JAMES
    Charge: Purchasing marijuana — a felony — along with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in June 2007.
    AVERY ATKINS
    Charge: Misdemeanor domestic battery in July 2006 after an altercation in Daytona Beach with the mother of his child. The initial investigation took place in June 2006 with Atkins facing accusations of felony false imprisonment along with the battery charge.
    LOUIS MURPHY
    Charge: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in May 2006.
    JON DEMPS
    Charge: Misdemeanor driving with a suspended license in September 2006.
    DAWAYNE GRACE
    Charge #1: Misdemeanor charges of battery and theft in July 2005 stemming from a sworn complaint.
    Charge #2: Misdemeanor violation of a city ordinance and disorderly conduct in October 2005 for his involvement in a fight. Eyewitnesses told police that Grace threw a punch.

  15. gator_prof says: Nov 17, 2009 1:03 PM

    O.K., now this is really rich. A cane fan feels the need to chime in. I guess it helps you get over losing to NC and being reminded that your program can’t re-attract the best coach it had since JJ.

  16. BaldBiker says: Nov 17, 2009 2:51 PM

    Being a VOL fan, I will say that I am glad Kiffin kicked them off the team now (instead of after they are convicted), but I have to agree with several of the comments. He kicked them off because he had to. It was just a matter of when he was going to do it. Phil Fulmer got into the habit of keeping thugs around way too long on the team, as many teams do, rather than getting rid of them. If a player goes to any school and can’t keep their nose clean, they should be kicked off the team and not be given the chance to get into the NFL. College thugs turn into NFL (rich) thugs.

  17. Gatorfan1 says: Nov 17, 2009 2:55 PM

    GoCanes:
    You don’t indicate who you are talking to when you say “shut up”.
    We’ll just chalk it up to the voices in your “head”.
    By the way haven’t you had 2 football players murdered in the last 5 years or so???
    Safe place that Miami!!!

  18. Gatorfan1 says: Nov 17, 2009 6:22 PM

    Wow! The gift that just keeps on giving.
    It now turns out that VOL Nyshier Oliver was arrested on November 7th for shoplifting, hours before the Memphis game.
    The interesting thing is that days after the arrest Kiffin was quoted as saying there had been no arrests or off field issues at Tennessee in response to the 3 players arrested for ARMED ROBBERY!!!
    Davis was certainly onto something when he called Kiffin an “habitual” liar.

  19. GoCanes says: Nov 18, 2009 11:08 AM

    You replied didn’t you jack@ss?
    1 player was murdered and it wasn’t even close to the campus. I know it’s hard for a Florida grad to do this but please stop trying to deflect the attention to what this conversation is really about.
    Also, showing how stupid you really are, is the fact that you cannot differentiate the difference between Coral Gables and the rest of Miami.

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