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Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:08 pm

The father of embattled running  back Bryce Brown said former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin promised his son an unconditional release from his scholarship if he wasn't satisfied at the school.

Arthur Brown Sr. told on Thursday that family medical issues had forced his son to request a transfer from Tennessee after his freshman season. Bryce Brown was rated the No. 1 running back in the country when he signed with the Vols in 2009. He applied for admission Wednesday at Kansas State, Brown Sr. said. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, though, has denied to release Brown from his scholarship.

"So much has happened between when Coach Kiffin recruited him and him going there," Brown Sr. said by phone from the family home in Wichita, Kan. "All the changes taking place, so many other things muddied the water. Coach Kiffin had told me personally if Bryce came there and did not want to stay there after some time, he wouldn't have a problem giving him an unconditional release."

Brown Sr. said family formally appealed to Tennessee for release on Aug. 6. The process could take up to 15 days, or until Aug. 21. There was a teleconference between Arthur Sr., Bryce and Tennessee compliance officer Todd Dooley (no relation to the coach) on Wednesday. Todd Dooley is listed on the Tennessee website as assistant AD for compliance and operations.

If the appeal is not granted, Brown would have to pay his way to Kansas State for a year before getting back on scholarship in 2011.

"It would be a setback," Brown Sr. said. "definitely a [financial] burden."

Brown Sr. added that health issues with himself, his father, his wife and her 14-year-old nephew has caused "too much stress on the family." Bryce's brother Arthur Jr., a top recruit at Miami two years ago, already has transferred to be closer to home and is enrolled at K-State.

Derek Dooley has given a variety of reasons for not releasing Brown, including wanting to meet face-to-face with the running back. In his only season at Tennessee, Brown rushed for 476 yards on 101 carries.

"Bryce has done everything that has been expected of him," his father said. "He has been a model student. He has been a real supporter of his program. I can't answer what is going through Coach Dooley's mind."

The NCAA is interested in speaking to Bryce Brown about Kiffin's recruiting practices at Tennessee, according to a report. Kiffin left Tennessee for USC in early January after one 7-6 season.

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Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 7:11 pm

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

don't student atheletes have to reaffirm their scholarships every year before the season start? did bb change his mind at the last minute after he re-signed? thought i read an article about this. anyway, it's a tough postion for dooley to be in. looks like a jerk if he won't let a homesick kid get back to his ailing family(?) makes it look bad for all of college football to let a hired gun slinger to bounce around because things are not going the way he had hoped. either way it is bad press gor the vols and they surely DO NOT need any more what with the muggins,robbings, bar brawls, hostess gate and the departure of their lame kitten big mouth coach who did say that at least people were talking about tennessee. that is probably the only reason bb signed in the first place, for the publicity. vol nation i feel your pain and it is only a small taste of what the tide nation went through. see you guys around the third saturday in october!!   RTR

Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2010 1:57 pm

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

I feel bad for Tennessee on this one, but come on Dooley, let him go.  Why would you want a player that does not want to be there?  It's almost like Dooley is on a power trip his first year. 

This is the risk you take when you recruit players like Brown.  We got hit hard by Perriloux. 

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2010 1:47 pm

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

Dude...before you make a wack comment such as you have, please be sure to include your criteria for a "good player".  Bryce sure isnt that or he would have alot more offers on the table.  He made a promise and now doesnt want to honor it, doesnt matter the reasons behind it, he is no different than any other college athlete, especially given that he has no proven talent on the field in the NCAA's.  So know your rule jabroni and shut it up.  And good coach "????" think kiffin is a good coach!!!  hahaha....thats funny.  We only stood behind him cause he was our coach and at TN, whomever the coach is, we back him up.  You must be a USC fan with all that jiberish talk....last time i checked, the VOLS have more BCS championships than USC does....haha.....1-0.  1998!!!  And soon to come again...just wait and see.....gypsy

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:46 am

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

sounds like a vols fan got a lil butt hurt bc there losing a good player....quit crying just cause a good coach left your crappy team.

Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:19 am

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

You're sad.

Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2010 10:50 am

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

I'm not sure I understand all the sympathy for this player. While it is probably true Kiffin told him he would be released if he wasn't happy, that is a can of worms that doesn't need to be opened. Whether you feel the rule should be changed doesn't matter . . . the fact is the scholarship papers EVERY student-athlete signs clearly states you are signing with the school, not the coach! If every player then wants a release because of unhappiness, homesickness, girlfriend, etc... there would be no end to the circus. The young man clearly has the option of leaving Tennessee to go to KState, he just has to pay his own way. Take out a loan or something, if he is as good as most think, he can repay from his NFL millions soon.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2010 9:20 am

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

I feel that this is all about Arthur Brown. His brother wasn't going to get alot of playing time at Miami.
So his dad needed needed him to go to a weaker team,
and he could use Bryce as a bargaining chip to get more playing time for his brother.

It's funny that Dooley had no interest in his brother, even thou Tennessee has a need for that position.

I think that Bryce wanted to stay at Tennessee, the team was willing to let him come back.
But his dad wanted him to leave, so Bryce delayed it hoping he wouldn't have to make the decision to go against his dad.
But Dooley is forcing him to make a decision. He wants him to man up and make his own choices.

Look at all the "press conferences" and media statements - It is all Arthur Brown's involvement.
I trust Dooley's word more than his anyday.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:31 pm

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

screw him!!! after he spurned Miami and went to tennessee i lost all respect for the guy. i hope he's the most unhappy runningback in college football and has a horrible career. the kid has amazing talent, and witht he way miami's run scheme works he would have excelled so much. plus his brother signed with miami, but he apparently cant hack it there either so he's transferring to kansas st. he was complaining about not playing, but i'll tell you something, if you wanna play then you gotta deserve it and it was obvious that he wasnt as good as he needed to be to get on the field. good riddance brown brothers.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:22 pm

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

Dooley should stick to his guns on this and not grant a release.  He must do this to make clear to his players that HE is in charge and HE will make the decision, not the kid, the kid's dad, or the dubious "handler" that Brown had during the recruiting process.

He can always go to a Junior College for a year and get his schoolin' for free. 

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:12 pm

Bryce Brown battle at Tennessee escalates

I'm not a VOL fan but Dooley shouldn't cave on this. If Kiffin made a commitment he can honor it at USC...which he won't as Bryce was clearly overrated by Rivals. Kiffin made the offer not UT. This could get ugly for UT & Dooley but Brown has played them since 'Lil Kiff left.

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