Alcoa Football Player Kicked Off The Team

September 11, 2007

(Sports Overtime) -- Alcoa all-state defensive back Brian Sommer has been kicked off the Alcoa High School football team.

Tuesday, Sommer was arrested on a simple charge of marijuana possession, sparking the dismissal.

Tornadoes head coach Gary Rankin told Sports Overtime's Daryl Hobby that Sommer broke major team rules, and won't be allowed back on the squad. Rankin couldn't comment on Sommer's academic future at Aloca High School.

Sommer is one of the more highly recruited players in the state.
He is a prospect Tennessee has recruited and offered a scholarship too.

Details of those offers are now obviously in limbo at this time.


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  • by Randy Location: Westmoreland Tennessee on Dec 5, 2007 at 06:21 PM
    Can you tell me if Brandon Warren and Rae Sykes will be on UT roster next year.
  • by Mom Location: Knoxville on Sep 14, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    As a mother of a Knox Co. High School football player, I agree that he should be off the team. What kind of example are we setting just "smaking the hand" of the players that make wrong decisions? I've overheard discussions between players, laughing about the West thing, how he "got away with it". Kids, and these boys are still kids, need to be taught that breaking the rules/laws are not okay, period.
  • by Mike Location: Knoxville on Sep 14, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    How fast this town forgets! Violations of state law Open Meetings Acts has been going on for years.Example: How about the meeting Mayor Mike Ragsdale had at his home. He invited 14 county commissors and staff for a meeting to talk about the new down town libary. How it will be payed for, by razing the Wheel Tax, how it will be process to the citizen, and how it would be voted on. The whole plan was prioritized. Met with opposition we now have a school. The News Sentinel made comment in a report. I think it would a stong story for you to report on again.
  • by SAM Location: KNOXVILLE on Sep 14, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    ONCE A DRUGY ALWAYS A DRUGY. HE HAD A CHANCE TO DO GOOD IN FOOTBALL AND BLEW IT . GIVE SOMEONE THE SCHOLARSHIP TO SOMEONE THAT COULD USE IT.BUT COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS ABOUT MONEY HE'LL GO SOMEWHERE
  • by Larry Location: Knoxville on Sep 13, 2007 at 09:32 PM
    Bob... Brian's dad has driven a Cadillac for years. Last one I saw him in was 15 or 20 years old. A new Escalade would likely cost more than his house. This was not a kid that was spoiled with a new Caddy and a trust fund on his birthday. Granted, dad likely didn't want his son playing at Karns, but it's not like he was being recruited by Webb in middle school. Definitely though, bad judgment in high school can quickly affect the course of your life.
  • by Randy Location: Knoxville on Sep 13, 2007 at 12:20 PM
    Bob, my comment was not specifically directed at you, I should have been clear about that being a general comment. Yeah we are reading the same story, but I just think unless we are directly involved in the situation, as right now no one close to the situation is giving any specific information, we dont know all the facts so we should be careful about how we respond to the story. Was it a terrible error in judgment? Yes, but young people make mistakes. Even if it wasnt a single instance(which we dont know...thats an assumption to think it was and a dangerous one I think)I dont see the need to hang it over his head. I think we should all just hope that he is able to rebound from this.
  • by MIKE Location: KNOXVILLE on Sep 13, 2007 at 05:57 AM
    THIS IS A FINE FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO MADE A MISTAKE.LETS NOT JUDGE HIM UNTIL IT ALL COMES OUT.THIS IS NOTHIN NEW NFL,NBA.MLB,MAKE PLAYERS MAKE MISTAKES WRESTLING NASCAR MAKE MISTAKES. I CAN'T JUDGE HIM OR NOBODY ELSE BECAUSE ONLY THE LORD KNOWS WHATS IN HIS HEART.SO IF ITS GODS WILL FOR HIM TO PLAY NCAA POSSIBLY NFL FOOTBALL THERE IS NOTHIN NOBODY CAN DO OR SAY. YEAH I GUESS HIM AND COKER NOT TOKER CAN HANG.GIVE THAT MAN A SECOND CHANCE?YES!!!!
  • by Bob Location: Knoxville on Sep 12, 2007 at 10:18 PM
    Randy, are we reading the same story here. I'm not being judgemental, it says that the CADILLAC he was driving from his residence in KNOXVILLE to school in ALCOA was littered with large amounts marijuana shake or trash. This obviously was not just a one time mistake.WAKE UP!!! Also Yes it is good to see a coach take a stand and make a player responsible for thier actions. Take note WEST High....
  • by Randy Location: Knoxville,TN on Sep 12, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    Two points about this story slam home: 1) That most unfortunately a promising young man has put his future at risk with horrific decision-making, and 2) how inspiring it is that Gary Rankin is serving notice that somebody is going to do what is right and force these kids to own up to their actions. His example should be emulated by every coach, everywhere. Bravo, Coach. And heres hoping Brian Sommer is able to learn an important, albeit tough, life lesson and gain wisdom from it so that he wont make the same mistake again. Oh, and by the way, for all of you out there being judgmental of this young man should remember that those living in glass houses shouldnt be throwing stones.
  • by Timbo Location: Blaine, TN on Sep 12, 2007 at 10:09 AM
    This is just another case of a very promising athlete hanging out with the wrong crowd and doing something STUPID! He's probably messed up his chances for a promising future in the world of football now. What a shame!
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