DB Janzen Jackson dismissed from UT football team

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Junior defensive back Janzen Jackson has been dismissed from the University of Tennessee football team, head coach Derek Dooley announced on Wednesday.

“Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges,” said Dooley. “I will always be there to help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player’s actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the University of Tennessee football team.

“Although I’m disappointed with this outcome, we will never compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we maintain here at Tennessee.”

Jackson had played 23 games for the Volunteers and started 22 games over the course of the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He had six interceptions, 106 tackles, and 15 passes defended in that time.

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  • by Don Location: Mount Juliet on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    Cannot wait until Saturday
  • by larry Location: karns on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    Dooley is doing his job .These players know the rules and policy.Drugs of any kind is against the rules .Can we go to work high or use drugs while employed at our work place? No because its against the rules and against the law .PLAYERS HAVE CHOICES LIKE WE DO AND JACKSON MADE HIS .GOOD JOB COACH DOOLEY AND GOOD LUCK JACKSON ...HOPE IT WAS WORTH IT
  • by rick Location: newport,tn on Aug 24, 2011 at 08:36 PM
    Hats off to coach Dooley for the decison to release Jackson from the team.These players have to learn it's a privilage to play for TN.Maybe this will let other players know they will pay for their actions off the field.
  • by Luke Location: Savannah on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    Well welcome a losing season.don't get me wrong I love the Vols but to lose a great player over a lil pot should have suspended him a couple games
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      by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 03:48 PM in reply to Luke
      Yea a great player that want to play and do things his way. No such thing as a little pot. It is illegal and if he gets away with that, what would be next? CD bent over backwards for this player and he just kept pushing. A several million dollars contract down the drain. Hope they take his scholarship and give it to someone who deserving of it.
  • by VolsFan on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    Coach Dooley is cleaning up the image of TN football! Thank you Coach! It is a privilege to play ball & you are held to higher standards. Our kids look up to you as a role model. Hopefully, this will be a life lesson & he will straighten his act up.
  • by jeff Location: powell on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    It's a shame to see a talented kid give up his future. No need to rip the kid. Good luck Jackson and go Vols!
  • by Walter on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    Geez, JJ do you really have to be the Pacman Jones of college football?
  • by Bob Location: Lexington SC on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    Jackson has had every opportunity and Coach Dooley has been more than patient but I agree a time comes when you have to cut ties if a player does not want to hold up their end of the bargain to follow the rules and guidelines to have the priviledge to play football for Tennessee GO VOLS


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