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11-12-2009, 08:49 AM
Key freshmen among Vols arrested
By Chris Low

Safety Janzen Jackson and receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, two of Lane Kiffin's most prized signees from his first recruiting class, were among three Tennessee football players arrested early Thursday morning in Knoxville on charges of attempted armed robbery.

The third player arrested was also a freshman, defensive back Mike Edwards.

According to a Knoxville City Police report, the arrests stemmed from an attempted robbery outside a convenience store near campus. A powered pellet gun was recovered in the players' car after they were stopped by police near the Gibbs Hall dormitory on campus, where the Vols' freshman football players live.

At least one of the players arrested was wearing some type of Tennessee gear during the attempted robbery.

"At this time we are currently evaluating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu'Keese Richardson," Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a prepared statement. "Any decisions or comments regarding their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete."

As recently as Wednesday, during the SEC coaches teleconference, Kiffin had praised his team for not having any off-the-field problems during his tenure and had repeated several times this year that the Vols had been free of any such incidents.

Jackson had started in all but two games this season for the Vols and had emerged as one of the better freshman players in the SEC. He was suspended for last week's Memphis Tigers game for what Kiffin said was a violation of team rules. According to two sources, that suspension came on the heels of a failed drug test.

There was some speculation a week ago that Richardson might be considering a transfer when he wasn't at a practice, but Kiffin said there were no issues and that everything was fine. Richardson scored a touchdown in the Vols' 56-28 win over Memphis last week.

A Pahokee, Fla., product, Richardson was at the center of Kiffin's dust-up with Florida coach Urban Meyer last February. Richardson had been committed to Florida for some time, but switched to Tennessee on signing day. The next day at a Tennessee recruiting breakfast is when Kiffin made his comments alleging Meyer cheated to get Richardson and still not being able to sign him. Kiffin was reprimanded by the SEC for those comments.

Chris Low covers SEC football for ESPN.com.


11-12-2009, 08:52 AM
As recently as Wednesday, during the SEC coaches teleconference, Kiffin had praised his team for not having any off-the-field problems during his tenure and had repeated several times this year that the Vols had been free of any such incidents.


Kiffin is an enormous douche.

Alton deFlat
11-12-2009, 08:55 AM

Kiffin is an enormous douche.

I'm sure he'll find a way to blame Urban Meyer.

11-12-2009, 09:04 AM
can't spell thugs without UT

11-12-2009, 10:55 AM
Gigantic human beings walk into a store wearing Vols gear and.....how stupid can these guys be? I'd be looking at how these morons actually qualified. Hell blame the whole thing on the NCAA. If players could work they wouldn't have to sleal. There guys are just innocent victims in a flawed system! :)
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11-12-2009, 11:02 AM
Kiffin is a helluva recruiter.

11-12-2009, 11:04 AM
Given the SEC's history these three will only have to sit out the First Half of the Ole Miss game.

11-12-2009, 11:07 AM
Given the SEC's history these three will only have to sit out the First quarter of the Ole Miss game.


11-12-2009, 11:08 AM
Obviously these three didn't have that getting away from the cops speed. What a trio of idiots.

11-12-2009, 11:29 AM
Obviously these three didn't have that getting away from the cops speed. What a trio of idiots.


they were driving a prius, suprised they could get away from anything.

"But when the victims opened their wallets and showed they had no money, a third black male approached the other two and said "we've got to go," and all three got into the Prius and drove away, according to the police report.

Police said when they pulled over the Prius, they found a black air-powered pellet gun and a pair of hooded sweatshirts. Police also said they found a marijuana grinder, which the driver, Marie Montmarquet, said belonged to her, and a baggie containing what appeared to be marijuana in Montmarquet's jacket. "

11-12-2009, 11:54 AM

They apparently attempted to rob some people in a 1988 Hyundai Elantra. Not really a cakn ride.

11-12-2009, 11:55 AM

Kiffin is an enormous douche.

How is it Kiffin's fault?

11-12-2009, 12:42 PM

Kiffin is an enormous douche.

Think these guys will get a half-game suspension for the Vandy game?

Urban Meyer is a class act.

11-12-2009, 01:36 PM
How is it Kiffin's fault?

The idiot was boasting yesterday about how his team hasn't had any off the field issues... then this comes out today.

11-12-2009, 01:38 PM
Think these guys will get a half-game suspension for the Vandy game?

Urban Meyer is a class act.

I don't know, did they or didn't they commit the crime? According to Washaun Ealey, Spikes didn't gouge his eyes and didn't deserve a suspension.

11-13-2009, 06:52 AM
Vols' arrests should haunt Tennessee's Lane Kiffin


Question for Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin: At what point did you fail Nu'Keese Richardson?

Was it when you encouraged him to lie during the recruiting process? Was it when you disgraced Richardson's hometown of Pahokee by degrading its residents? Or was it Thursday morning, when Richardson was arrested for attempted armed robbery in Knoxville, Tenn.?

When was it, Lane? At what point over the course of less than a year did you successfully fail this young man? These are the questions Kiffin should be answering today. If nothing else, these are the questions Tennessee's coach should be asking himself.

The proud Volunteers fans were punched in the collective gut Thursday when news broke that three of the program's highly touted freshmen were arrested in Knoxville for attempted armed robbery. The three players -- Richardson, a receiver and defensive backs Janzen Jackson of Louisiana and Mike Edwards of Ohio -- were recruited by Kiffin. A few months ago, Richardson, Jackson and Edwards were the future of Tennessee football. On Thursday, they were in the Knox County Detention Facility facing felony charges.


According to police reports, the evidence linking the three young men to the alleged crime is considerable. Richardson and Edwards -- one of them apparently wielding a pellet gun and both wearing black hooded sweatshirts -- allegedly attempted to rob the occupants of an automobile in the parking lot of a convenience store near campus.

The alleged crime happened at 1:43 a.m., according to Knoxville police, and the players, all 18 years old, fled the scene in a Toyota Prius driven by a 22-year-old woman, Marie Montmarquet. Police later stopped the car on Neyland Drive. After searching the car, police found the sweatshirts, a pellet gun and marijuana.

A few months ago, Richardson, Jackson and Edwards were considered three of the best prospects in the nation. How, in the matter of months -- during football season, no less -- did things get this bad?

Richardson, of course, deserves most of blame for his alleged choices, actions and involvement in this idiotic story, but that doesn't mean Kiffin isn't culpable. Kiffin should be held accountable for the actions of his players, and he should reevaluate his approach to team discipline.

Of course, Kiffin hasn't displayed much self-discipline recently. This is the coach who, just a few weeks ago, publicly disrespected SEC commissioner Mike Slive by telling reporters that Slive's warnings for Kiffin's multiple instances of disobedience were meaningless. Setting a proper example for his players and turning boys into men doesn't seem to be high on Kiffin's agenda.

Before Thursday, some people considered Kiffin a candidate for the Southeastern Conference's football Coach of the Year. After Thursday, some people will question whether Tennessee football is being led properly. Contacted by The Miami Herald, Pahokee athletic director Tom Mejia was in shock from the news of Richardson's arrest.

``This is unexpected and seems very out of character for Nu'Keese,'' Mejia said.


The following quotation is a portion of a letter that appears on the University of Tennessee's website. It was written by Dr. Jan Simek, the school's interim president.

``As a long-time employee of UT, I have viewed the University from the inside, and I know what kind of impact it has and can have on the lives of students, employees and the public,'' Simek wrote.

Well, Dr. Simek, the University of Tennessee certainly has had an impact on Richardson. Tennessee spent about $25,000 this summer on a billboard in South Florida, where the Volunteers coaching staff hopes to create a strong recruiting base.

Unfortunately for Kiffin,

the negative publicity caused by Thursday's arrests will not help his cause in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.



11-13-2009, 07:01 AM
How stupid can you be?

Steal a few hundred bucks when they could possibly be making thousands with an NFL career that they just pissed down the toilet.

11-18-2009, 07:40 AM
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On the heels of three players being arrested last week on attempted armed robbery charges, Tennessee has another player in trouble with the law.

Freshman defensive back Nyshier Oliver, who was redshirting this season, was cited for theft after shoplifting at a Knoxville mall on Nov. 7, only hours before Tennessee faced Memphis later that night, according to a Knox County Sheriff's Department report.

According to police, Oliver was spotted putting a brown Polo shirt valued at approximately $110 into a shopping bag. He was cited at 1:45 p.m., and Tennessee's game that night kicked off at 7 p.m.

Oliver's punishment was handled internally, but he was taken off the dress roster for that game and banned from team activities, according to Tennessee athletic department spokesperson Tiffany Carpenter.

Four days after Oliver's run-in with the law, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin went on the SEC coaches teleconference and praised his team for not having any arrests in 11 months.

Then early the next morning, freshmen Nu'Keese Richardson (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=480241), Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson were arrested and charged with attempting to rob two people sitting in a car outside a convenience store near campus.

Vols coaches are holding out hope that the charges against Jackson may still be dropped, although Kiffin wouldn't comment specifically Tuesday on the chances of Jackson returning to the team.

"We don't have all [Jackson's] information in," Kiffin said. "I can't get into too much detail with it. But the easiest thing to look at is that he was released right away and was treated differently in this matter. You can tell that by what has come out. I can't get into too much more detail than that until we get the information in."

Following his arrest, Jackson's bond was reduced and he was released on his own recognizance. The other two players had to post bond before being released.

Jackson is also one of the better freshman players in the SEC and has been a key component in the Vols' defense. He hasn't played in the last two games but had started in all but the opener at free safety prior to his suspension for the Memphis game. None of the three players arrested last week made the trip for the Ole Miss game.

Kiffin said Jackson's suspension for the Memphis game was an administrative suspension, but sources have told ESPN.com that a failed drug test was one of the factors that led to Jackson's suspension.

Kiffin called it a sad day in having to dismiss Richardson and Edwards but said the team was more important than any one or two players.

"Our No. 1 rule is to protect the team," Kiffin said. "As the head coach, I have to make decisions that sometimes you don't want to make. It was a sad day yesterday for those two kids. I wish them the best of luck. They obviously made a very poor decision. We can't allow that to be a part of our team. That decision-making can't be anywhere near what we are doing.

"The last thing I want is to have something like that go on and keep people around who do that, then go in on someone's couch and say, 'When you come here, we're going to have a great culture. This is the best place for your son.' I had to make the best decision for our team," he said.

Chris Low covers the SEC for ESPN.com.