August 23rd, 2012 10:17 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Charlie Baggett, Da Rick Rogers, Georgia State, Tyler Bray
Tennessee receiver Da’Rick Rogers has been indefinitely suspended from the Volunteer football team according to Volquest.com — the Rivals’ site covering Tennessee (paywall warning). Derek Dooley is expected to address Rogers’ latest issue after today’s practice in Knoxville.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to Vol fans as the media in Tennessee have repeatedly tried to prepare them for the possibility of a suspension or dismissal coming at some point for Rogers or quarterback Tyler Bray or both for their off-field actions.
The junior wideout is best known for being arrested in a bar fight as a freshman, for allegedly tossing a weight at a strength coach, for barking at since-retired receivers coach Charlie Baggett during UT’s loss to Kentucky last year, for being removed but not tecnhically “suspended” from the team at various points this offseason, and for suggesting via Twitter this past spring that he would be transferring to Georgia State.
Oh, and for leading Tennessee in receiving last year when fellow wideout Justin Hunter went down to injury. Last season he recorded 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
Dooley has been slow to hand down any official discipline or suspension to Rogers despite all of his previous antics. No doubt two factors have played a role in that: Dooley’s own job security and Rogers’ talent… when the player’s head is screwed on straight.
Now it seems that Rogers has finally done something to force Dooley to officially push him away from his squad for a while. Here’s betting we won’t find out what it was Rogers did when Dooley addresses the media this afternoon. For that matter, it will be interesting to see if Dooley terms the situation a “suspension” at all or if he just says Rogers is attending to “personal issues,” which the coach is wont to do.
There were rumors two weeks ago that Rogers was in hot water once again and that a suspension could be coming. It didn’t. But it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Dooley wanted to gauge the talents of juco receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and the recovery of Hunter before pulling the trigger on a sit-down for Rogers.
UT opens against North Carolina State in the Georgia Dome next Friday.
UPDATE — The University of Tennessee has officially announced that Rogers has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. This would seem to suggest that this is a UT decision and not a Dooley decision.
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