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Wow Headlines 10/5/2012

Missouri suspends five freshmen for the game Saturday against Vanderbilt, including wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham
Aaron and Andrew Harrison, twins considered the top shooting and point guards in the class of 2013, commit to John Calipari and the University of Kentucky
Ex-Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt provides a sworn affidavit for ex-Tennessee employee’s suit against the school
Sources tell MrSEC.com that a 9-game conference football slate is still a possibility for the SEC due to SEC TV Network expected to launch in 2014
Les Miles now says he’s given no thought to DB Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu returning to LSU in 2013
Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers is expected to start this weekend against Missouri
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has yet to name a starting quarterback this weekend against Texas A&M
Arkansas coach John L. Smith filed amended bankruptcy docments showing $40.7 milion in debt
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UT Dismisses Safety Jackson

The past 24 hours have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for fans of Tennessee.  First came the distressing news that legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with early onset dementia.  Then word leaked out that popular former men’s coach Bruce Pearl would be hit with a multi-year show cause ban by the NCAA.  Things began to turn for the better when sources revealed that the school itself would be spared further penalties by that same NCAA.  At least Vol fans got a dose of good news before bed.

But there’s been yet another downturn this morning.  Oft-troubled Vol safety Janzen Jackson has been dismissed from Tennessee’s football team.

“Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges,” said Derek Dooley this morning.  “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 — a Louisiana-native who Lane Kiffin swiped from LSU at the last minute in February 2009 — has had a string of troubles since arriving in Knoxville.  Though charges were later dropped, he was in a car with two teammates when they allegedly attempted to rob a group of people outside a convenience store in November of ’09.

Sources close to UT’s program say that he had also found himself in hot water for curfew violations, marijuana issues, and even stealing clothes and apparel from fellow students.

Leading up to last December’s Music City Bowl, Jackson was allowed to go home to Louisiana.  After skipping almost all of the team’s bowl preps, he was welcomed back and allowed to play in the game.  Sources have said the fact Jackson was given all of his bowl gifts ruffled feathers with some on the team who had been on-hand for all of the team’s practices.

After the bowl, Jackson withdrew from school and once again headed home to Louisiana.  He returned in time for preseason camp and was once again welcomed back onto Dooley’s team.

Would Dooley have been so patient with a troubled walk-on?  We’re guessing no.

But it matters not at this point.  Jackson — a second-team All-SEC pick by league coaches last year — has now finished his UT career with six interceptions and 106 tackles in 23 games played.

No specific reason was given for his dismissal.

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UT’s Summitt Diagnosed With Early Onset Dementia

Those of you who regularly read MrSEC.com know that we cover the two money-making sports in the SEC — football and men’s basketball.  Covering 24 teams every single day is quite enough work, thank you.

But I personally wanted to make a quick comment on the breaking news that legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

In the mid-90s, I worked in Knoxville television and actually worked on Summitt’s first weekly coach’s show.  Getting to know her, I was amazed by her professionalism.  If she said she would arrive at the studio at 3:27pm… in she would walk at exactly 3:27pm.  She knew that a lot of other people’s schedules were just as important as hers.  How rare for a multi-millionaire coach.

Having dealt with numerous coaches in different markets since then, I can tell you — easily — that Summitt would rank #1 in terms of professionalism.  She also happened to be honest, direct, friendly and pleasant.

While she may come across as a drill sergeant on television due to her stern glare during games, those who know Summitt know that she’s really quite personable.

Summitt has been an ambassador for women’s basketball in the SEC and across the nation.  Today’s news is as disappointing as it is shocking.

We at MrSEC.com send our best wishes to Summitt and her family.  We also have no doubt that she will tackle this challenge better than anyone else possibly could.

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