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Not all Clear: Vols’ TE arrested on felony theft charge

Cameron Clear

Heading into his third and what could very well be his final season in Knoxville given the temperature of the seat on which he sits, the very last thing Derek Dooley needs is an off-field issue heading into the summer.

So, of course, Dooley’s gotten exactly what he didn’t need.

According to multiple media outlets, including and the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tennessee tight end Cameron Clear was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with theft of more than $1,000 but less than $10,000.  The charge is a felony.

The 19-year-old was being held in the Knox County Detention Facility in lieu of a $2,500 bond as of late Tuesday night.  No details of what led to the arrest have been made available.

“We are aware of an incident involving Cameron and are in the process of gathering the facts,” a school spokesperson told the News-Sentinel.

As a true freshman in 2011, Clear started two of the 12 games in which he played.  The 6-6, 283-pounder had just one reception for four yards.  he was listed as the No. 2 TE on the Vols’ post-spring depth chart.

Coming out of Memphis as a four-star member of UT’s 2011 recruiting class, Clear was the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Tennessee and the No. 18 offensive tackle in the country according to

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22 Responses to “Not all Clear: Vols’ TE arrested on felony theft charge”
  1. drjem says: May 23, 2012 6:44 AM

    Auburn will sign him if he stays out of jail. No problem.

  2. woebegong says: May 23, 2012 7:01 AM

    Dooley will pull another Spurrier, and slap his wrist and suspend him from the first week of summer voluntary work outs. It seems the man has got to win, or he will be on the unemployment lines, if you read all of the news coming out of Tenn. anyway. It worked for Rogers, so it can work for this kid as well.

  3. thegamecocker says: May 23, 2012 9:21 AM

    @drjem says: “Auburn will sign him if he stays out of jail. No problem.”

    No, I don’t think you are accurate…..if he does “time in the clinker” Auburn finds him even MORE ATTRACTIVE as a student-athlete! That guarantees him enrollment in their Honors Program.

  4. woebegong says: May 23, 2012 9:32 AM


    That should mean the S.C. player Angelo Watley, charged with grand larceny, credit card theft, and violent burglary in the second degree in Feb. should be a perfect fit then for Auburn by your estimation. Not a Auburn fan by any stretch of the imagination, but all schools, have kids that do stupid things whether they are on one team or another and no matter what school they play for. There just aren’t that many Rhodes Scholars playing sports for major colleges these days.

  5. thegamecocker says: May 23, 2012 9:39 AM


    Agree! Just having fun at Auburn’s expense because IMO they are the “poster child” for everything wrong with college athletics these days. Imagine going to college for one semester and having the school erect a statue in your honor because you won a Heisman Trophy? Now if he actually GRADUATED from Auburn like Pat Sullivan did, then I could possibly see it. Possibly! But Newton is not deserving of such laudable act. Quite the opposite.

  6. jimbo75025 says: May 23, 2012 9:48 AM

    thegamecocker says:May 23, 2012 9:39 AM


    Imagine going to college for one semester and having the school erect a statue in your honor because you won a Heisman Trophy? Now if he actually GRADUATED from Auburn like Pat Sullivan did, then I could possibly see it. Possibly! But Newton is not deserving of such laudable act. Quite the opposite.


    Agreed. Anyone know what “classes” Cam took during his one semester there.

    Simple solution would be for the NCAA to require a two year committment on any transfer.

  7. woebegong says: May 23, 2012 10:12 AM

    Well, I will grant you that calling Newton a student/athlete by any stretch of the imagination is a dream, there is no denying that he is and was a good athlete. The Auburn coach needed to make a good impression as he was at the SEC level now, and his hiring was questioned by a lot of Auburn faithful. He knew when he got Newton it was a one season deal, and I don’t think he even thought of Newton as a true student. To erect a statute of Newton for the time he was there, speaks more of the craziness that surrounds football teams in Alabama, than it does about the rationale of those proposing the statute. The two year requirement could never pass the legal test unless, it was a stipulation written into a verbal contract, for a kids full time in the NCAA. Otherwise they would argue successfully in court, that it restricted the kids chances for a future in the NFL, and would have to be a stipulation for every college, and every student, no matter a player or not, and you know that will newer happen.
    Also, Newton having been there and led them to a BCS NC, didn’t hurt their recruiting too much I would say. The question now with Auburn is how their coach does, when having to build up all over again, after that championship. They have a lot of work to do right now, but he has some good recruits to work with. He failed last year, because he never had time to think about the future the year before; only about solidifying his place at the school his first year. He has to hope that his new coordinators are up to the task on both sides of the ball for this year, because they learning curve for players and coaches both is pretty darn steep right now.

  8. jimbo75025 says: May 23, 2012 10:41 AM

    @woebegong says:May 23, 2012 10:12 AM

    The two year requirement could never pass the legal test unless, it was a stipulation written into a verbal contract, for a kids full time in the NCAA.

    Woebegong, I never stated anything about for non-transfer students. If a player comes in to his first institution, kicks butt, and wants to leave for the NFL after a year then so be it. Granted the age restriction may be an issue (see M. Clarett), but could come up for someone who has been in mil. service or was playing baseball, etc and is already 21 or so.

    Any college worth its salt requires at least 2 years attending at the institution to gain a degree. If we are going to continue down the student-athlete trail then why not set the same standards? Would do away with these one semester wonders who really never have to attend a single class.

    My issue with Cam (aside from the whole previous scandal thing) is that he attended three schools in three years then comes in to a university (Auburn) where he is ostensibly a student for 4 months (I still want to know his classes) and then a statue is built of him when he was essentially a hired gun.

  9. jimbo75025 says: May 23, 2012 10:49 AM

    Anyway, off the Auburn rant as this topic is really about UT.

    Dooley better get his teams act together. His schedule is a great deal easier this year than in 2011. Another stinker of a season and there will be a new coach next year. For a team that has lost more games than they have won the last two years (total), seems UT is still getting a lot of press here at CFT. Hard to go two weeks without some post about coaches/players leaving or in trouble.

  10. thegamecocker says: May 23, 2012 10:51 AM


    You make some great points the principal one being it helped establish Chizek as a “worthy hire”. But to Jimbo75025 point, Newton was nothing more than a “hired gun” and Auburn knew it! The NCAA knew it! The courageous thing for the NCAA to have done was to rule Newton ineligible at the time of the SCANDAL! Instead, they give this thief and cheater a “pass” and THEN CHANGE THE RULE SO IT WILL NEVER OCCUR AGAIN! And yes, I would too would like to know the classes Newton took and how many credits at AUBURN (not his junior college credits) he actually earned. What a joke! And THAT is why people snicker at Auburn’s “NC” in general and Newton in particular! Student-Athlete my ass!

  11. thegamecocker says: May 23, 2012 10:53 AM


    Can you say “Bobby Patrino”? Even after Kiffin, this could very well happen……

  12. woebegong says: May 23, 2012 10:54 AM

    I think I stated my opinion on the statute. As for classes. I believe he was allowed to qualify by taking a course on line that met the standards for entry at Auburn, combined with his year of JUCO courses. I don’t think he even had to declare a major, in order to play football there.
    I understand what you are saying about a two year rule for transfers but legally, it could never happen. The simply solution to the whole mess, is if the NFL, has their own minor leagues or development league and quit harvesting athletes from the colleges. We both know that will never happen though, so as long as fans support the college programs, we are probably stuck with more of the same. There will be other Newtons out there in the future as well.

  13. woebegong says: May 23, 2012 11:02 AM

    I think these guys that write this column, had an article back a little while ago, that said he had to take the minimum of 8 hours of course work, or at least sign up for it and attend, before he was eligible. I don’t think it amounted to much though, since he never declared a major. To be truthful, I am not even sure if he was considered a junior or a sophomore as far as that goes. It really was never a big consideration since, everybody in the NCAA knew he was only there for the one football season and then he was gone. It worked for Auburn, so they at least knew how to work the system. It would have been too shady a deal for almost any other school, so it sure didn’t help out Auburn’s rep. but somehow, I don’t think they care that much about how others perceive them, in the football world. Just the old Al Davis, credo, “Just Win Baby”.

  14. jimbo75025 says: May 23, 2012 1:55 PM

    thegamecocker says:May 23, 2012 10:53 AM


    Can you say “Bobby Patrino”? Even after Kiffin, this could very well happen……

    No way that will happen. In the Mike Brown days-maybe, but UT has a new AD who is trying to move forward from some scandals-no way he brings in a coach with that 900 lb gorilla following him.

    The Kiffin era (if you can call 1 year an era) was like a wild weekend in Vegas-when it was over they had spent a lot of $$ with nothing to show for it and a gift that kept on giving in the form of NCAA issues.

    Only way I could see that happening is if Petrino worked for $75 K a year and offered to clean up the stadium and wash the jockstraps after games.

  15. auburntigers34 says: May 23, 2012 2:57 PM

    where do you get this one semester BS from? Cam Newton spent a full year at Auburn. if you don’t believe me, watch the Spring game from that year. he enrolled in December of 2010 and the NC was played in January of 2011.

    you slander Cam Newton on this site like it’s your ****ing job or something.


  16. jimbo75025 says: May 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    auburntigers34 says:May 23, 2012 2:57 PM

    you slander Cam Newton on this site like it’s your ****ing job or something.

    Slander is a pretty strong word. Deny the facts all you want but Cam’s entire collegiate career smelled of entitled a**. Stealing laptops, academic fraud, preacherman father seeking a “donation” for his sons services, thumbing his nose at the NCAA (after they looked the other way) by hugging his father (who had promised not to attend) at the NC game.

    Good player-yes. Guy I would be building statues of-no way.

  17. thegamecocker says: May 23, 2012 10:18 PM


    Looks like we struck a note with auburntigers34. I guess the truth must be starting to get to him. A faux NC, most of those who follow college football view Auburn as a renegade school, a pariah. People snickering when Newton is mentioned. Such a sad state of affairs and this A-hole, auburn34, keeps trying to defend the actions of the school he roots for. Hopefully he’s not a graduate. One whole semester at Auburn. Notice how no one comes forward with the courses he took, how many credits he earned (or stole). The jackass auburn34 now tries to justify Newtons stay at Auburn as two semesters. LOL! He tells us to check out the 2010 Auburn spring game! He just doesn’t get it and he never will because he’s too f’ing STUPID! It’s called Student-Athlete for a reason moron! You go to class, you take tests, you earn your grade and hopefully earn credits for taking courses to earn a degree! Notice the word EARN auburn jackweed! It doesn’t apply at Auburn. Go to hell ya loser!

  18. auburntigers34 says: May 24, 2012 8:59 AM

    the facts are that the NCAA dug around for anything and everything to appease the media and they found NOTHING….related to Cam’s recruitment or otherwise.

    sorry if the facts don’t fit into your twisted perception of reality.

  19. auburntigers34 says: May 24, 2012 9:05 AM

    why do you care what classes he took. what’s Marcus lattimore taking? scratch that. i couldn’t give two rips less about what Marcus Lattimore or any other “student athlete” chooses to do with their time.

    it’s not like Cam can’t go back to get his degree after his NFL career is over. whether he does or doesn’t, it won’t change the fact that he doesn’t it a degree to play QB in the NFL.

  20. auburntigers34 says: May 24, 2012 9:05 AM

    btw, gamecocker.

    just out of curiousity, how many alts are you using on this site?

  21. thegamecocker says: May 24, 2012 9:31 AM


    I use only one (1) name on these boards. The other posters are the many others who ALSO detest Auburn for taking a liar and cheat into their program to help secure a faux NC and establish Chizek’s reputation as a “fine coach”. He did nothing more than take a player that Urban Meyer recruited and released at U. of Fla. due to CHARACTER ISSUES. But at auburn, character is a meaningless, non-important trait. If Chizek didn’t have other players to replace the rocket scientist Michael Dyer, he would have kept him on board too. Go stick your head back down in the sand so that you don’t have to face reality. The reputation of your school is hideous. BTW, Marcus Lattimore is a honest-to-G-d HONOR STUDENT! Everyone has great respect for Marcus Lattimore! He is a class act…something scam is NOT!

  22. waynefontes says: May 29, 2012 10:42 AM

    Why do so many of these stories on CFT end up with people arguing about Cam Newton?

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