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John Kelly and Will Ignont cited for possession

Knoxville police cited star Tennessee Volunteer running back John Kelly and freshman linebacker Will Ignont last night for misdemeanor drug possession. Police pulled Kelly over at 10:46 p.m. on Cumberland Avenue because a headlight on the car he was driving was out and, upon smelling marijuana, searched the car with consent and found 4.6 grams of pot and a glass pipe. The players have to present themselves for booking at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office before November 7.

Tennessee’s director of football communications released a statement saying that they were aware of the situation and were looking into it. So far, there’s been no announcement concerning the players’ availability for this weekend’s game against Kentucky.

It’s hard to get too alarmed about a pot possession charge in this day and age, but it certainly comes at a bad time for Butch Jones and the Tennessee program. With Jones in a posture of not being able to do anything right and having every action he takes and word he utters subjected to exaggerated scrutiny, adding a no-win situation to the mix just complicates things even further. Should he suspend his team’s best player for what may be Jones’ most important game, or should he keep the punishment internal?

Everyone loves John Kelly, and a minor offense concerning a drug that’s legal in several states likely isn’t going to change that. He’s the undisputed leader of the team and the one guy who’s really doing his best to keep the team together in the midst of the storm. But having that guy be the one guy who gets his name in the paper for the wrong reason is disappointing even if you’re someone who thinks this particular violation is more of a rule than a moral failing.

I’m certain that Kelly will bounce back and put this behind him. I’ll be rooting for him to do so. What this means for a team teetering on the edge of a cliff, though, remains to be seen.

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Isaac Bishop

It’s official that they’re both out for the game. Hopefully Chandler and Fils-Aime step up.

daetilus
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daetilus

That is very unfortunate.

but there are worse offenses they could have committed.

Chris
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Chris

Pass the pipe to BJ.
The big issue is going to be that they were driving and smoking. That’s dangerous.
I understand that they think the car is the safest spot from trouble, being on a dry campus and their rooms are shared, but they messed up.
OT: Can we get a list of the recruits we have lost and the how far we have dropped in the rankings in this year’s class? I feel like this should be a four alarm topic.

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Gavin Driskill

For 2018, we were at #6 with 23 commitments as of a month ago? And now it’s #10 with 20 commitments…so it’s not the WORST, but it’s certainly not good.

I think we’ve also lost at least one 2019 commitment, but it’s still waaaay early there.