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Vols Offer Praise For Dooley And Assistants

Derek Dooley and the Vol coaching staff is standing behind All-SEC safety Janzen Jackson.  Having withdrawn from school, it’s questionable whether or not he will return to UT in the fall.  But Dooley has made it clear that he’ll be welcomed back to the football team once he’s cleared up some “very, very personal issues.”

Vol cornerback Anthony Anderson talked about his teammate and his coach yesterday.  “(The team) didn’t know the issue.  Coach just said that Janzen’s not going to be with us, and we didn’t know what it was for and we still don’t know really what it’s for.  But he said keep (Jackson) up, talk to him when you can and let him know you care about him and you’re hoping he gets back and you’re praying for him.”

Fellow cornerback Art Evans — himself back from a suspension — praised UT’s coaches for the way they treat their players.  “I know it just as well as they did with me.  It’s awesome to have coaches like that.  I’m not at any other school, so I can’t speak on any other school, but the coaches we have, they love you.  They’re going to cuss you out at the same time, but they’re also going to be there for you and help you understand not just football values but life values.”

If Jackson returns to Tennessee, he will have to get a one-time waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play despite not taking classes this semester.  He will also have to go before the UT student judiciary council relating to a drug-related incident in his dorm room last December.

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