Bryce Brown was once one of the most prized recruits in the nation, a running back with explosive speed and power from an athletically impressive family. But ever since he signed with Tennessee back in the spring of 2009, he has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
After head coach Derek Dooley denied Brown a release from his scholarship with Tennessee, his father began considering legal action. In an interview with Arthur Brown on Knoxville radio station WNML, the running back's father is planning to hire an attorney and potentially sue Tennessee and coach Derek Dooley for keeping his son from being able to be placed on scholarship at Kansas State.
But WNML reported that Arthur Brown received a registered letter on Tuesday from UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek upholding the decision and is looking for another option to gain a release for his son, which would allow Kansas State to put Bryce Brown on scholarship right away as he sits out a mandated year for transferring.
"Bryce has done nothing wrong," Arthur Brown told the radio station. "I don’t understand."
"If he used that criteria, he should have released Bryce. I think that’s bogus. I’m disappointed in UT’s stance."That criteria which Brown is referring to is Dooley's criteria for granting release in different transfer cases.
“As with the other players who have asked for a release, I went through the same process with the same criteria with Bryce,” Dooley told the Knoxville News Sentinel last month. “These are the three key factors - what their personal investment into the program was, did they have their heart into it and did they give it a good, fair shot. No. 2, the harm that their departure creates for the organization. No. 3, how they handle it as a professional.
“I’ve done that with every one of these guys -- with Aaron (Douglas), with Todd Campbell, with Nick Stephens, Nick Lamaison and now Bryce. So now my decision, based on those three factors with Bryce, is not to release him.”
Of course, trouble has followed Brown since he arrived on campus in Knoxville. First there were the questions about his eligibility before his freshman season. Then after showing bursts of potential but little production in 2009, Brown disappeared from Tennessee in the spring semester without consulting with new head coach Derek Dooley. His lack of effort to give the Volunteers a chance makes it no surprise that the university is not jumping at the opportunity to release him from his scholarship.
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