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Trouble in Knoxville

Tennessee has suspended running back LaMarcus Coker, the team’s leading rusher last season. The suspension is indefinite, and it is unknown whether he will be back in time to play Cal. Coker is listed second on the Vols’ depth chart at tailback but still is expected to make a major impact. Here is a story from the Knoxville News Sentinel: `http://govolsxtra.com/news/2007/aug/07/coker-suspended-indefinitely/

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Big D

    Coker will be back for the CAL game. Tennessee won’t allow such talent to not be taken full advantage of. A slap on the wrist, that’s all. He’ll be on that plane to Berkeley for the Sept. 1st game.

  • Old Trail Boss

    Hey Big D, don’t be too quick on the trigger here. Onterrio Smith was removed from the Vols for a similar sin. He had lots of talent too. I think coach Fulmer doesn’t put up with this kind of behavior from his kids.

  • Big D

    I was reading an article online on Tennessee which stated, “In 2005, eight Tennessee players were arrested or cited for crimes ranging from assault to underage drinking. In 2006, seven Tennessee players were arrested on a similar range of charges.” I don’t remember that many Tenn players missing games, so my guess is Coker will be back for the CAL game, although I hope not.
    http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stories/062807aax.html

  • SierraBear

    I’ve never posted on a maesage board, but I ran across an interesting comment about the suspended running back (LaMarcus Coker) on one of the Volunteer discussion boards… thought it might be of interest:

    “…. He (Coker) had a class with my brother in the summer and it was tennis. He came very few times. Guess what Fulmer went to the teacher assistant who was teaching the TENNIS class and asked him to change his grade from an F and the guy wouldn’t do it. So Fulmer went to the head of the department (Coker) had to write a paper and got through the class with a C. So he has had his chances….” (parentheses mine)