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Ex-UT WR Arnett To Michigan State By Next Week

It didn’t take long for DeAnthony Arnett to make up his mind after Tennessee cleared him to transfer anywhere he liked.  The sophomore-to-be receiver — the #12 prospect in America at his position last year — will transfer to Michigan State where he expects to start classes next week. 

He will apply for a hardship waiver from the NCAA in an attempt to play for the Spartans next season.

As everyone knows by now, Arnett planned to transfer from Tennessee in order to get closer to home, closer to family.  His father’s health has been in sharp decline in recent months.  MSU is just about an hour from his hometown.

Derek Dooley, however, initially gave Arnett a waiver that nixed Michigan and Michigan State as potential landing spots.  More than likely he felt there had been some contact between those programs and a player still on his roster and coaches don’t respond well to tampering.  But whether tampering was involved or not, there was no way Dooley could win this particular PR battle.  Two words would always trump him: sick father.

So Dooley backtracked this week and told Arnett he was free to move about the country.  It didn’t the player long to make his decision.  And that likely validates any suspicions Dooley might have had about contact between Sparty and Arnett.

 


4 comments
HowBoutDemVols
HowBoutDemVols

How 'bout the fact (as I understand it) that Daddy Arnett was seriously ill PRIOR to Arnett Jr signing with Tennessee in the first place? So Little DeAnthony doesn't care Pops is sick until his position coach leaves the program under unusual circumstances ("retiring" with a payoff?) and several current & several possible future Vols project to be the targets of a lot more passes than Arnett? What do you make of that, John?

I think it's a crock of dung & it sets a bad precedent for would-be tamperors and tamperees to follow. If UT gets bowl eligible & faces Mich St during the remainder of Arnett's career, some payback administered by his jilted teammates would be in order. Here's hoping the NCAA looks at the Dad's pre-existing condition history & doesn't give Arnett a waiver to compete right away because his transfer has LITTLE OR NOTHING TO DO with the Dad's health.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

HowBoutDemVols...

It's been well-documented that Arnett's father's health has declined sharply in the past few months. But your statements -- especially hoping that the NCAA doesn't give him a waiver -- certainly put one heckuva face on the Tennessee fanbase.

Wow, what hateful ugliness aimed at a teenager you've never met... all because he wants to play football somewhere else.

John

oreo
oreo

tampering is a very strong accusation to make if Dooley doesn't have any evidence to present.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

oreo...

Not really. It's not the NFL. There's nothing illegal about it. And it goes on. Coaches just don't like it when it's done to their program.

John



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