Because of an off-field issue, Tennessee has been forced to do some pruning of its football roster. Again.
Thursday morning, media in the Knoxville area reported, defensive tackle Emmitt Gooden was arrested on a felony domestic assault charge. According to ESPN.com, “police have accused Gooden, 22, of hitting his girlfriend with a glass jar candle during an argument.” The woman required stitches to her face as a result of the incident.
Because of the arrest, Gooden has been dismissed from Jeremy Pruitt‘s Tennessee football team.
Gooden is the second Volunteer football player with an off-field issue this offseason. In late May, Tim Jordan was arrested on weapons and drug charges in Florida. The running back was dismissed by UT and now appears headed to Western Kentucky.
Gooden began his collegiate career at Independence Community College in Kansas, otherwise known as “Last Chance U.” He signed with Tennessee in 2018 as a four-star member of the Vols’ football recruiting class that cycle.
In his first year with the Vols, Gooden started one of the 12 games in which he played. The 6-3, 290-pound lineman missed the entire 2019 campaign after suffering a torn ACL during summer camp.
Prior to his legal woes, Gooden had been penciled in as a starter on the inside of the Vols’ defensive line.
It looks as if Western Kentucky will be the latest Group of Five football program to benefit from erstwhile Power Five talent.
Tim Jordan was arrested in May on multiple charges after the vehicle in which he was riding was pulled over for speeding. The then-Tennessee running back has been facing one count each of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. The firearm charge was a third-degree felony. The other two are misdemeanors. In June, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt confirmed that Jordan had been dismissed from the football team. Later that month, it was confirmed that the back is now officially listed in the NCAA transfer database.
Late last week, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported, Jordan agreed to a plea deal on a reduced weapons charge. Interestingly, it’s court documents connected to the case that indicate a move to the Western Kentucky football team is in Jordan’s future. From the News Sentinel:
The plea deal grants Jordan the ability to “attend school at Western Kentucky University” and “travel for purposes of football games,” according to court documents. Jordan must provide his probation officer with a travel itinerary.
There is a connection between Jordan and the Conference USA school. Tyson Helton is now the head coach at WKU. In 2018, he was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee.
With Hilltoppers, Jordan would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer. He also has a redshirt available, if the need were to arise.
Jordan was a four-star member of the Class of 2017 for the Volunteers coming out of high school.
The past three seasons, Jordan has appeared in 36 of UT’s 37 games. This past season, Jordan’s 428 yards were third on the Vols. The year before, he was second on the team with 522 yards on the ground.
All told, Jordan has rushed for 1002 yards and four touchdowns during his time in Knoxville. The Florida native has also added 26 receptions for another 227 yards coming out of the backfield.
The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation. Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life. Hopefully.
That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.
So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 11, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.
(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section. Mailbag, maybe?)
THE HEADLINE: Jeremy Pruitt commits minor NCAA violation by tweeting congrats to old high school
THE SYNOPSIS: There’s asinine. And then there’s the NCAA. Don’t you just
loathe love the inaneness that is The Association’s rulebook?
THE HEADLINE: Tim Tebow to be inducted into Florida’s Ring of Honor during LSU game this October
THE SYNOPSIS: The only surprise here is that it took Football Jesus nearly a decade to get in. As for those who went in before him? Wilber Marshall, Emmitt Smith, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Jack Youngblood.
THE HEADLINE: Oklahoma president: “I’m philosophically in favor of a 10-win Texas.”
THE SYNOPSIS: From David Boren, this is one of my all-time favorite college football quotes. Boren did add, though, “we don’t want them to do it at our expense.”
THE HEADLINE: Jimbo Fisher bans FSU players from bars
THE SYNOPSIS: This was a direct result of two Florida State players — quarterback Deandre Johnson and running back Dalvin Cook — connected to assaults at two different bars.
THE HEADLINE: College football reacts to the Prodigal King’s return to Ohio
THE SYNOPSIS: Yes, Ohio State superfan LeBron James makes into a college football blog. Again.
THE HEADLINE: Paterno family: JoePa ‘did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky’
THE SYNOPSIS: The jury is still out on that decidedly one-sided sentiment.