This story actually came out on Friday, but seeing as news this time of the year generally tends to be slow, we figured better late than never. Besides, it doesn’t appear there will be any new “developments” with Ohio State this evening.
But speaking of schools with NCAA issues…
JT reported back on Super Bowl Sunday that Tennessee had abruptly “lost” their defensive line coach Chuck Smith after a “mutual agreement” was reached between Smith and Tennessee.
As it turns out, that “agreement” may not have been so “mutual” after all. At least not from Smith’s perspective. In a return to campus last Friday, Smith explained to govolsxtra.com that he was released from his position without his consent.
“There have been a lot of questions about why I’ve abruptly left my alma mater as the defensive line coach and the school I love,” Smith said . “I put my heart and soul into a job, and I want to let you guys know why I left. The decision to leave the University of Tennessee wasn’t my decision.
“The decision was made – let me make sure I say the right thing, this is tough – a mutual decision was brought to me that I’m too big for the program and my stature is too big and I could better help serve this program in a different capacity. Stay and move to another position here or go home. I decided under the circumstances at the school I love and with the effort I put in, in fairness to the program, I probably would need to step to the side. The point is, I never agreed to step to the side.”
In a bizarre twist of events, however, Smith said in a later, more official press conference that “he was not fired, but was not allowed to stay“.
Confusing? Just a little.
If it provides any clarity at all, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote “Smith did manage to thank head coach Derek Dooley and everybody at UT except for [Vols DC Justin] Wilcox and the rest of the Vols’ defensive staff. So clearly things aren’t hunky-dory there.”
You can take that for what it’s worth.