UPDATE: 2 UT players charged; Dooley statement

The latest at 5:15 p.m.: Two University of Tennessee football players charged in connection with the bar brawl, and Volunteer coach Derek Dooley speaks. The AP story on the case follows beneath Dooley’s statement; however, this is an important point from the AP story: “Robert Capouellez, an off-duty Knoxville officer who was a patron at Bar Knoxville and tried to break up the fight, was being treated for a head injury after being knocked unconscious, Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said. Capouellez, 24, was in serious condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Friday afternoon. Police said he was hit in the head, knocked to the ground and then kicked several times.”

Here is Derek Dooley’s statement announcing the dismissal of Darren Myles and indefinite suspensions of Marlon Walls and Greg King. (source: UT Sports)

It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team. The most important responsibility of that privilege is to properly represent this institution and our supporters on and off the field.

I am disappointed and in many ways embarrassed by the poor judgment displayed on many fronts by several members of our football team last night.

Although we are still gathering all the facts and some legal proceedings will follow, we have taken some initial levels of discipline resulting from my conversations with the student-athletes who were present.

Darren Myles has been permanently dismissed from our football program. Marlon Walls and Greg King have been indefinitely suspended.

I am respectful of the process that follows with the local authorities and with our institutional guidelines and leadership.

As I have referenced on many occasions, a change in culture is achieved in time through a combination of education, discipline and support. We will aggressively continue to build on the many positive changes that have occurred over the last five months to ensure our program is represented with class and dignity.

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  1. 1
    Bamafan

    The Tennessee football program is in a shambles as a result of years of recruiting thugs and criminals by Phil Fulmer and Lane Kiffin. Mike Hamilton, along with Mike Garrett of USC, has to be considered one of the worst AD’s in the country for allowing this to continue. The irony of all this is that Phil Fulmer a few years ago told Alabama recruits that “Bama will soon be out of business.” Well, while The U of A is coming off a recent National Championship, it’s the Tennessee Viles that are morally bankrupt. What say you Indiana Vile? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 2
    almightytmc1

    well there is always “second-chance U” down in Lee county. Not only can you start immediately but you can also have any criminal records completely buried and forgotten and be treated like a hero….. Why?
    Because fambly is important…..

    On another note.
    I am starting to like Dooley.. He was left a world class mess to pick up and he hasnt wavered on cleaning the house.
    If he becomes a good game day coach I say Bama needs to get his number in the eventuality that Nick Saban will SOMEDAY RETIRE.

  3. 4
    Indianavol

    Hey Bammer fan,

    Careful about those glass houses. Bammer is still known as a HABITUAL CHEATER, so STFU!

  4. 5
    Indianavol

    Hey Bammer fan,

    You ahave a lot of nerve talking about THUGS after the ones that have been around the TURD program (Jimmy Johns, for example). SO STFU!

  5. 7
    Bamafan

    Wow, Indy Vile, did I touch a nerve? The inmates have been running the asylum at UThug for years now, and you don’t have Roy Kramer and Doug Dickey around anymore to protect you. LOL! The U of A has beaten UThug 3 straight years and 4 of the last 5. And if Dooley is as great as you say, why was he UThugs 7th choice to be Head Coach? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 8
    Indiana Vol

    Hey Bammer BOZO,

    What was Fulmer’s record vs the Crimson TURD and how many time did the Vols beat you cheating arse??

    7 IN A ROW!

    BITE ME!

  7. 9
    Bamafan

    Living in the past, aren’t we Vile? If you want to talk about streaks, let’s talk about the 11 in a row in the 1970’s to early 80’s, or the 9 year unbeaten streak from 1986 to 1994(8 wins and a tie). By the way, your little streak IS OVER. Roll Tide!!!!!!!! 2009 National Champs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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