Bryce Brown: I love Tennessee

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WVLT) -- Former blue-chip running back Bryce Brown says he still loves Tennessee and that it was his dad's decision that he transfer from Tennessee to Kansas State last year.

"I still go back to Tennessee often," Brown said. "I built great relationships there."

Brown was the top-ranked recruit in the country when Lane Kiffin recruited him to play for the Vols. But when Kiffin left for Southern California, Brown and his parents decided it was best that he move closer to his home of Wichita, Kan.

Brown met with new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley to inform him of his decision, and Dooley refused to grant him a release from his scholarship.

Brown recounted the meeting to reporters Saturday.

"[Dooley was] just making sure that this was really what I wanted to do," Brown said. "He told me he wished me the best of luck and [if Brown didn't want to transfer,] hey want me back.

"My family wanted me to come back and I supported that decision. I made that decision."

Brown says he benefitted from his time in Tennessee and doesn't regret his time in the Volunteer State.

"I learned alot from Coach Kiffin and his staff and the players there and even coach Dooley," Brown said.

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