Darren Myles dismissed from Vols football team

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley has dismissed safety Darren Myles, Jr. from the football team and indefinitely suspended defensive lineman Marlon Walls and linebacker Greg King following an incident early Friday morning on the strip near the UT campus.

Below is a statement from Dooley regarding the early morning incident.


It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team. The most important responsibility of that privilege is to properly represent this institution and our supporters on and off the field.

I am disappointed and in many ways embarrassed by the poor judgment displayed on many fronts by several members of our football team last night.

Although we are still gathering all the facts and some legal proceedings will follow, we have taken some initial levels of discipline resulting from my conversations with the student-athletes who were present.

Darren Myles has been permanently dismissed from our football program. Marlon Walls and Greg King have been indefinitely suspended.

I am respectful of the process that follows with the local authorities and with our institutional guidelines and leadership.

As I have referenced on many occasions, a change in culture is achieved in time through a combination of education, discipline and support. We will aggressively continue to build on the many positive changes that have occurred over the last five months to ensure our program is represented with class and dignity.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    Good one less thug on the football team. Give the position to a more deserving player.
  • by Ed Location: Knoxville on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    Tennessee fans just kill me, you talk about curfews and watching these kids, make them understand about "Tennessee tradition" and all that. What is wrong with you? Sure they are getting an education, free meals, and building a future,but they are also 18 and 19 years old and get bored just sitting at home on the week-ends. The people that really need to be looked at is these "Cluuub" owners that cater to these boys and use them to help draw in business because the other patrons want to be near the players. I think coach Dooley did exactly what he should in this case, but one can't expect him to take the players on the big yellow bus for a field trip every week-end. If there are so many people that want yo help the team and players and stop being so critical of the TN program, come up with something for the players to do and STOP being so negative about the program. If you investigate you will find that all athletic programs have problems, you just don't hear about them.
  • by Steve Location: Maryville on Jul 10, 2010 at 05:08 PM
    And the Season has not even started. Should make for an interesting (should have said arresting) year.
  • by General Neyland's Ghost Location: Heaven on Jul 10, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    Coach Dooley just showed his considerable skills as a kicker. Nice first attempt with that thug kid. Good distance.
  • by Jeff Evans Location: Oneida, TN on Jul 10, 2010 at 01:26 AM
    Coach Dooley is going old school and I love it!! Honor vs. Unearned. I hope this sends message to others that you have to earn this spot and not dishonor Vols tradition. Our team needs a leader right now and I think Coach Dooley is leading, but I think a key player like Nick Reveiz needs to step like Al Wilson did in past.
  • by Marshall Location: Clinton on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:34 PM
    More of the same from a program that has proven time and time again that its players are out of control. I hope Dooley does the right thing and makes an example of these losers. No tolerance... More should be done when recruiting to assure trash stays where it is and not at UT. If they let any of these guys play, you can find my season tickets floating in the lake. Enough is enough...
  • by george Location: knoxville on Jul 9, 2010 at 09:08 PM
    I hope Coach Dooley has the courage to make an example of the of the street thugs, that think they are more important to U.T. football than, U.T. football is to them. stop catering to their egoes and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law
  • by Paul Location: Knoxville on Jul 9, 2010 at 06:51 PM
    Great job Dooley! You definitely made the right decision.
  • by Butch Location: Knoxville on Jul 9, 2010 at 06:29 PM
    Why are these young men, some underage, out drinking at 2 AM? Are there no curfews? If you get a free education is there no quid pro quo? Can we not expect these primos to conduct themselves at least in a semi decent way? I guess not huh?


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